This headline over at caught my attention. I'm pretty good at saving money on groceries. In fact, I once got well over $100 worth of groceries for about $15. I thought that was excellent, but it pales in comparison to what Stephanie Nelson rakes in. How about $100 worth of groceries for 25 cents? Yep, Stephanie has me beaten by a mile.

Stephanie is otherwise known as the Coupon Mom, and runs the Coupon Mom website. The Today Show recently featured her and went along on a shopping trip. She passed along the usual information we feature here at Savvy Frugality:

1. Set aside brand loyalty. Don't be tied to one brand when buying groceries.

2. Make a list of the things you need. Stick to it.

3. Use those coupons, including online coupons.

4. Wait until items go on sale to use the coupon.

5. Use in-store coupons, too.

I would also add a few of Savvy Frugality's tried-and-true tips:

1. Don't overlook store brands or generic items. They're fine.

2. Don't use coupons to get things you normally wouldn't buy.

3. Stay away from the snack and soda aisles. They're expensive, and let's face it, they're not really groceries.

4. Take advantage of the store loyalty cards.

5. Look for those stores which offer "double coupon" days.

Watch how the Coupon Mom bought $100 worth of groceries for 25 cents, and then check for more food saving tips at The Dollar Stretcher and Savvy Frugality.


  1. Anonymous // March 28, 2009 at 10:28 PM  

    Here on Long Island, we have to pay the sales tax which is 8.625% on the total before the coupons! And most foods are taxable. It's really crazy.

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