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The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson is a book geared towards helping you save money on your grocery bill, especially for those who are new to frugal shopping and non-coupon users. That’s not to say that experienced shoppers won’t glean valuable information from it; they will. Ms. Nelson provides a quick assessment quiz to determine what kind of shopper you are and gives you tips on how to get started, including where to look for coupons and how to use them strategically so you can save considerable amounts on your grocery bill each time you shop.
It was nice to learn of legitimate websites where you can print off coupons. Ms. Nelson also provides a couple of ways to eliminate coupon clipping by using electronic coupon savings via your grocery store membership cards. She also shares tips on how to save at warehouse clubs (like Sam’s and Costco), as well as the Super stores and drugstores, which are usually known for their high prices.
While I think that Ms. Nelson has created a wonderful resource, I still think that each household’s buying habits affects the productiveness of using coupons. For example, if a family eats organic, the section on buying organic left more to be desired. She didn’t even mention buying locally grown, pasture-raised beef, pork or chicken, which is usually at least as expensive as the regular offerings in stores, but a whole lot healthier. Buying locally grown food is a whole other topic of conversation and out of the scope of this book review.
The Coupon Mom is available for sale at any major bookstore and retails for $15.00
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