Though these rough economic times, raising a family on a budget has gotten to be trickier than ever.
The Coupon Mom Show is a new money-saving series from nationally known author, mom andStephanie Nelson (aka Coupon Mom). In her new series, Nelson teaches real families how to save BIG by sharing her infamous tips and tricks on how to get the biggest bang for your buck without sacrificing quality.
In the first episode Nelson is challenged to prepare a holiday dinner for 30 people for under $60 - an easy feat for this seasoned shopper! Coupon Mom comes to the rescue sharing her best tips to keep a Holiday meal under budget and (*spoiler alert!) is able to purchase the food for this Holiday meal for only $43.66!
Beyond grocery store savings, future episodes of the Coupon Mom Show will feature tips on savvy shopping at drug stores, eating out inexpensively, and entertaining on a tight budget.and
Coupon Mom will be sharing her savings secrets every week in a new episode of the Coupon Mom Show through April.
New episodes of the Coupon Mom Show will be posted every Thursday on YouTube. You can visit the Coupon Mom Show page and post your own challenges for Stephanie!!!!
-Courtesy of Coupon Mom
I had the pleasure of reviewing the book The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson, Founder of CouponMom.com. The book highlights Coupon Moms strategic shopping method proven to slash food and drugstore costs. It also features money saving techniques for Busy, (me) Rookie, and Varsity shoppers!
Before reading this book I had heard of the Coupon Mom and been to her site, but never knew how in depth her money saving methods were! This book is a real gem, full of money saving ideas and info. And she spells it all out for you so that the savings methods are easy to follow and understand.
One of my favorite sections of the book is Chapter 11, The Frill is Gone: Bag the Savings Yourself at Bare-Bones Stores. I love shopping at my local Dollar General store, and this chapter of the book helped me to better understand how to get the biggest savings at such a store.
Another favorite section of mine is at the end of the book, in the appendix Coupon Mom lists companies that have printable online coupons. (Borden, Hansen Beverage Co., Horizon Organic, Litehouse, etc) She also lists companies that mail free coupons in response to email requests (Amy's, Clif, Earth's Best, Eggland's Best, etc) or email requests via the companies website. (Flinstones Vitamins, Dannon, Yoplait, Tostitos, etc)
Personally our family went through a rough time last August where I lost my job and my husband wasn't working full time. We had to scramble just to pay the bills so we ended up applying for food stamps. We received benefits from August to December and were reapproved for a smaller monthly stipend this January through June since my husband made a little more money from August to December. Needless to say this has really changed our grocery shopping habits. I use coupons to save even more on what I buy, and try to buy store brands. We purchase less expensive cuts of meat and go without all the extras that we don't really need. We have been able to find a good balance with our grocery shopping and usually have a little of our stipend left over at the end of the month.
The Bottom Line: The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson needs to be on your bookshelf! In these rough economic times every family could benefit from the money saving grocery shopping strategies found in this book. Pick up a copy today!
*I received a copy of The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson to facilitate my candid and honest review. No other form of compensation was or will be given. All views are my own!