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The Money Mom: Guest Post

One of the easiest ways to save money on a regular basis is clipping coupons – and yet, so many of us just don’t take the time to do it.  I asked my favorite source on the subject, Stephanie Nelson, otherwise known as the Coupon Mom, to share some of her tips with us this week.  You can find more in her new book, The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: The Strategic Shopping Method Proven to Slash Food and Drugstore Costs.

the-coupon-mome28099s-guide-to-cutting-your-grocery-bills-in-halfI’ve been teaching shoppers how to save money with coupons for a decade, and the most common complaint I hear is that it takes too much time to clip, organize, sort and find coupons when you need them.  Most shoppers give up in frustration after just a few weeks of trying to use coupons.  It’s no wonder that 99% of grocery coupons are thrown away each year!

If you’d like to get your share of the over $300 billion worth of grocery coupons thrown away annually, then I suggest you take advantage of easy tools on the Internet to simplify using coupons.  Last year we saw the greatest annual increase in coupon usage–a staggering 27% increase in coupon redemption.  I believe this was partially due to the fact that more shoppers are using the Internet to find and organize coupons.

In addition to the Coupon Mom site, most grocery deals blogs reference what I call the “no-clip” system of using newspaper grocery coupons.  In my opinion, this is the easiest and most efficient system for using coupons if you are crunched for time.

The system is based on the strategy of  waiting until the item goes on sale before using its coupon.  You might not be saving the most if you use the coupon the first week it comes out.  Therefore, this system will tell you where to find the coupons you need and when to use your coupons to save the most.

Here’s how the “No Clip” System works:

Once you land on a simple system that works for you, then saving with grocery coupons will become automatic and can add up to hundreds or thousands of dollars in real savings each year.

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