What is your favorite part of couponing?
First, you might be surprised to hear – I don’t LOVE COUPONS. I don’t wake up every morning excited to cut up coupons or jump on every deal that I can find. Simply put – couponing just happened to be the tool that brought hope to my family’s finances. Most importantly it has afforded us the incredible opportunity to give into the lives of others in ways we never imagined.
When I say giving I’m not referring to giving just at Thanksgiving or Christmas. You see, as I learned how to coupon effectively a light came on one day. Every week there are items that are free or nearly free at grocery stores and drug stores. What if I started looking for items each week specifically to give? I began to look beyond my own family’s needs for opportunities to bless others.
Now, as a family we have become purposeful givers. It has become a lifestyle that is just as important to us as shopping for our family’s needs.
What Does Giving Look Like?
Giving can be anything you want it to be for your family. The reality is no matter how you choose to give it is an act that has the power to bless you in amazing ways. Here are a couple of examples of places that always need help to get you started.
What goes where? Donation suggestions:
- Grocery/ Personal Care Items / Household Items – Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women’s Shelters, local church pantry, Salvation Army, United Way
- Pet Food – Animal Shelters, Churches
- School Supplies – Schools, Day Care, Salvation Army, Churches
- Baby Items – Teen Pregnancy Centers, Food Banks, Homeless Shelters, Battered Women’s Shelters, Churches, Salvation Army, United Way
- Homeless People – Make baggies of personal care items such as toothbrush, toothpaste, non-perishable food like snack crackers, Chap Stick, shampoo etc. to keep in your car. As you see the need arise you are prepared.
- Adopt A US Soldier–Gatorade, Crystal Light Singles, Beef Jerky, Beef Sausage (very popular), Candy, canned Meats, Chocolate (they don’t care if it’s melted), Cookies, Gum, Mints, Aspirin, Cough Drops, Dental Floss, Disposable Razors, Kleenex, Neosporin, Mouthwash (without alcohol), Chap Stick, Batteries, Pens, Your local newspapers/comics (great way to recycle all those extra newspapers)
- Natural Disaster–water, personal hygiene items, baby wipes, diapers, nonperishable food items, Feminine Products, toilet paper, paper towels, cleaning supplies, pet food, cough drop
Time 2 $ave + Time 2 Give = Time 4 Hope
It’s not just about getting a deal; it’s about making a difference….
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