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Founder of - over 2 million members belong to her free grocery deals website

Featured in the media, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, and Good Morning America, The New York Times, Ladies' Home Journal and The Seattle Times

Worked in sales and marketing with both Procter & Gamble and Marriott Hotels

Degree in Finance


Stephanie Nelson on Surviving Black Friday

By The 700 Club

Appearance Date: November 23, 2010 On Black Friday, "Coupon Mom" Stephanie Nelson says you can save money and get good deals. She gives five tips for holiday shopping:

Plan and Budget

Come up with a holiday gift list and plan. Decide who you need to buy for, what you can afford to spend overall, and divide that among all your gift recipients. Then shop the deals, coupons and savings strategies to stretch the budget. Check the store ads and websites for special "Black Friday" and "Cyber Monday" deals.

Compare Prices

When you are shopping for a specific item, compare prices online for the item before hitting the stores or shopping online. Prices can vary significantly, and an online retailer may offer free shipping and have no sales tax.

Be Coupon Savvy

Use coupons to drop the price even further:

Buy Gift Cards

Buy discounted or bonus gift cards to give as gifts or to use to shop for gifts .

Get Cash Back for Purchases

If you are shopping online, start by going through a cash back site like that gives you a percentage of the sale price as a rebate in a college savings plan. If you are not saving for college, you can also redeem your rebate account in cash. Or if you have a cash back credit card, shop through the credit card website's shopping mall to get extra rebates on your purchases.

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