2009 Forecast: Saving is "In" and the Coupon Mom Shows How to Save Over $6000 in the New Year
Who ever thought bargain hunting and coupon savings would be the new "in" thing? With the economy continuing on the downslide, consumers are finding ways to creatively keep their hard earned cash.
Atlanta, GA (PRWEB) December 31, 2008 -- Stephanie Nelson, founder of CouponMom.com, says if a family knows some simple strategies they can save over $6,000 in 2009.
This mother of two behind CouponMom.com recently told Oprah viewers she has saved approximately $72,000 on groceries alone over the past fifteen years since she began scoping out deals and gathering coupons.
"I've been saving at least $100 a week on groceries since my first son was born 15 years ago," Nelson says. "If you do the math that's almost $72,000. That could pay for a child to go to college and that's real money," said Nelson.
With the uncertain economic climate, coupon clipping is becoming more popular than ever, and Stephanie Nelson has some simple advice to help shoppers save this year.
Nelson says it is possible for a family of four to spend $100 or less per week on groceries if they learn Strategic Shopping techniques.
"It is very realistic for a family of four to be able to save $500 a month," says Nelson, "At least $100 a week with grocery sales/coupons and $25 a week with other coupons (restaurant, clothes, online shopping, travel, bookstores, bowling, etc)…that's $6,000 a year!"
The best way to start on the road to savings, is to take advantage of her free Coupon Mom website to help shop strategically. CouponMom.com is the country's leading grocery deals site with over 1.2 million members who take advantage of this free service.
To get started, go to www.couponmom.com and download Stephanie's free electronic book, "Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half." It teaches the basic principles of Strategic Shopping to help families save dramatically. In addition, the free website helps shoppers by finding the best deals and savings at 41 grocery stores and drugstores every week.
Here are the tips to follow:
Plan your meals and shopping lists around featured sale items.
- Use your store's weekly sales ad flier to plan your menus for the week. Then, write your shopping list around the items and brands that are on sale.
- Taking a few minutes to make a detailed plan will save you the time of making unplanned trips to the store during the week--which can ruin your budget.
- Planning ahead also helps you avoid impulse shopping during your trip.
Know how your stores' savings programs work.
- Do they have "buy one, get one free" deals?
- Do they double coupons?
- Do they offer a store discount cards that gives you automatic discounts?
- Do they have special store coupons?
- Once you know your stores' rules, you can combine them to pay the lowest possible prices for your items, such as using two coupons with a "buy one, get one free" deal. Combining strategies can result in free items.
Use grocery coupons, ideally when the item is on sale.
- Buy the Sunday newspaper--75 percent of grocery coupons come from the newspaper. Buy two to three copies per week to save dramatically.
- Go online--grocery stores often have their best deals and printable coupons on their websites.
- Many stores offer electronic coupons that go directly on your store discount card. Stock up on common items when they hit their lowest price.
- Don't buy a year's supply, just enough to last until the next sale (two to three weeks).
- Boneless chicken is on sale every other week at Stephanie's grocery store, so she buys two weeks of boneless chicken every other week to store in her freezer. This habit saves her family of four $325 a year on this one item.
- Be flexible about brands and stores.
- Buy the brand that's on sale with a coupon, or get the store brand if it's less expensive.
- Shop at the store with the best prices for your items that week.
For more information go to www.couponmom.com. For interviews, contact Nanette Noffsinger at nanette (at) burkehollowmedia.com.