January 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm , by Sonia Harmon
After working in the corporate world for ten years, Stephanie Nelson decided to become a stay-at-home mom. With her attention focused at home, she eventually realized how much money she was spending on groceries and decided that her family budget needed an overhaul. So she developed a savings strategy—based on using coupons—and by 2001, CouponMom.com was born. Over the years she’s garnered a huge following (1.7 million subscribers!) and now she’s the author of The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half. In the book she shares her shopping techniques, from where to find the best coupons to how to save in the dairy department, as well as budget-friendly recipes. We also love that Stephanie started a program called Cut Out Hunger, which encourages shoppers to donate the money they’ve saved to food shelters across the country.
What makes me a lady: I try to follow the philosophy that it’s better to be nice than to be right. You don’t have to win every battle, especially at the expense of being mean.
Favorite guilty pleasure: Eating popcorn, drinking diet coke and reading a novel at 4 in the afternoon.
Three things on my life list: 1. Travel overseas to neat places with my family. 2. Learn how to play golf. 3. Learn how to cook really good meals.
If I could have a superpower, it would be: To be able to understand and connect with people immediately.
Ladies I admire: Ordinary women I know in my community who selflessly devote their time to helping people in need without accolades, fame or fortune. I know women who give all of their time to raising support for foster children, helping victims of child abuse, and helping homeless families without being paid a dime. They are heroes.