Coupon use is up. How shocking!

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A new report says coupon use is up 27% from 2008 to 2009. This is the first time coupon clipping has increased in 17 years, but puh-leeze, tell me something I don't know. The Great Recession made folks frugal? NO!

The list of folks not surprised by this trend includes Stephanie Nelson, a long-time coupon clipper who runs CouponMom.com. More people are using her site and her tips to become effective clippers than ever before.

Nelson's new book, "The Coupon Mom's Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half" compiles all her tips. In 295 pages spread over 21 chapters, she shares practical strategies for folks who want to dramatically reduce their bill at grocery and drug stores. Following her tips will take a few minutes extra, but the savings pay off. And you'll get quicker over time.

If you don't buy her book (selling for $9 on Amazon

, marked down from $15), I've summarized some of her best tips: