Saving on Groceries Can Really Impact Your Budget during Uncertain Economic Times; Coupon Mom Founder Offers Tips for Cutting Grocery Spending

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CouponMom.com's Stephanie Nelson says she can feed a family of four on less than $100 a week

Coupon Mom founder Stephanie Nelson has discovered the way to fight the rising cost of groceries without sacrificing favorite foods simply by learning how to use some easy savings strategies. With the price of gas and groceries climbing, it seems everyone can use a little help in these uncertain times to substantially save on groceries.

"Strategic shopping is not about changing the way you eat, it is about changing the way you buy the food you like. In many cases, shoppers can get free groceries when they use sales and coupons at supermarkets and drugstores" says Mrs. Nelson, "By using Strategic Shopping strategies, shoppers can get free grocery items, personal care products, cleaning products, and many more items for 80% off or more. Overall, a family of four can enjoy a healthy diet for $100 per week or less with some simple changes in their buying habits."

Stephanie Nelson's top tips for cutting grocery spending are:

1.Be flexible regarding store and brand choices. You may want to go to more than one store in a week, picking the best sales at each store. When it comes to specific brands, give new brands a try when they are practically free with a coupon. Get the store brand if it is the least expensive option.

2.Study the store's sales circular and use online resources like http://www.couponmom.com to find the best sales. The free service does the work of finding coupons and deals for shoppers by listing grocery bargains at 41 retailers in 50 states.

3.Plan your meals and shopping list around what is on sale at stores. Make the list as comprehensive as possible to avoid unplanned trips to the store. Stick to the list to avoid impulse shopping.

4.Stock up on your common items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. By getting a few weeks' supply of an item, you will have enough on hand until the next sale. Getting in the cycle of stocking up in this way will get you out of the cycle of paying full price for anything.

5.Use the online coupon database at the Coupon Mom site to take advantage of coupons easily. Buy multiple copies of the Sunday newspaper during high coupon weeks, watch for coupon displays in the store, pay attention to your register receipt coupons, and even email the customer service contact at manufacturers' websites to request coupons for their products. Having more coupons will enable you to stock up on your common items when they are at rock-bottom prices.

6.Check your receipts for accuracy. Accidental overcharges are common and can add up over the course of a year. Shoppers should watch the prices as they ring up at the register so they can question an incorrect price immediately before the transaction is completed.

Stephanie Nelson shares her savings strategies on national television, radio, and newspapers around the country. You can find more of her savings tips at http://www.couponmom.com

For media inquiries, please contact Nanette Noffsinger at nanette @ burkehollowmedia.com or 615-776-4230.

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