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With food prices on the rise, who isn't trying to trim the fat from their grocery bill? But how do you do it? We've got some money saving strategies from the "Coupon Mom," Stephanie Nelson.

Stephanie is the founder of CouponMom.com, and makes it her business to help people cut their grocery bills in half. She says the way to do that is to be a strategic shopper.

"Strategic shopping is not about changing the way you eat. It's really about changing the way you buy the food that you like," she explains.

Stephanie says it's all about planning, before you arrive at the market.

"Start out by going to your store's circulars, because they'll have the best sale items on the cover.  And start planning your meals around what's on sale that week. So for example, if pork or chicken is half price, plan some meals around that," says Stephanie. 

Once you come up with meal plans and the ingredients that you need, you can save more by adding coupons on top of those sale prices. And if you're already planning on buying an item, and you can find a coupon for it, that is really like free money.

"Think of coupons as currency," Stephanie adds.

She recommends organizing your coupons by date. 

"When you get the Sunday newspaper each week, write that Sunday's date, right on the cover of the circular," says Stephanie.

Set aside the manufacturer's coupon circulars and then go online to use coupons savings sites like CouponMom.com

"Find your store, and find the list of specific coupon deals that week," says Stephanie. "Select the item that you like, print your list, and every deal will tell you the date that the coupon came out.  So all you have to do is cut out the few coupons that you need for that shopping trip." 

Don't waste time clipping coupons you may never use. Instead, plan your meals based on what's on sale at the store. And use web sites to help you combine and maximize your savings, on the items your family really needs.

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