Save1: Save Money. Save Lives! A New Way to Shop & Feed Hungry Children

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Here at Time 2 $ave we are always looking for ways to save money, and help those in need.  If you’ve been around for any length of time, you know it’s not just about getting a deal for us, we truly want to make a difference in the lives of others.  I was recently introduced to Save1, and was blown away by their passion to make a difference in the world by providing meals for the most needy children.  As I was perusing their website, I read that every day 17,000 children die from the effects of malnutrition.  It’s so hard to wrap my mind around this kind of statistic especially when I look at my two children who are happy, healthy, and fed many times a day.  I take notice when a company makes a commitment to feed hungry children.
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Wondering how this works?  In a nutshell, Save1 offers deals and coupons to over 5,000 retailers (with more being added) nationwide.  Every time you make a purchase by redeeming one of their offers, your purchase will provide a meal to a hungry child.  The more purchases you make, the more hungry children are fed.  To date, Save1 has provided 96,491 meals.  Wow! [Read more...]

Operation Christmas Child: How do You Teach Your Children about Giving?

 

How do you teach your children generosity, kindness, and compassion?  I believe, to teach my children to be givers I’ve got to live out that example.  My father was the greatest giver I’ve ever known, he never sat me down and said, “Kasey this is how you give, or this is what giving looks like.”  Instead, I watched his life.  I saw him taking groceries to people in need; I was in the car, when he stopped on the side of the road to help an elderly lady who had fallen while she was walking home.  I saw my mom and dad fill up their trunk with wrapped Christmas gifts to take to a family less fortunate than ours.  As a result, I see how important it is to live out his legacy with my children.  Not just at Thanksgiving and Christmas, but all year long.

What does that look like in my family?  We purposefully by items that are cheap or free when we go to the grocery store to put in our giving box.  When our box is full, we go together to donate the item’s we’ve been collecting.  We are intentional at birthday’s and other special times of the year to teach our children to clean out their toys to make sure that we are in the habit of giving to others and not collecting too much “stuff.”  We participate every time we have an opportunity to give at our church, or through sports organizations.  Last year, the town I live in was devastated by tornadoes, my children took their own money and bought toys to donate to children who had lost everything in the storms.

We also sponsor a child, through Operation Compassion named Tinsel.  Tinsel lives in Ethiopia, my children write her letters and color pictures for her.  We receive letters from Tinsel several times a year as well updating us on what is going on in her life.  We talk about the conditions that Tinsel lives in, and how different it would be to grow up in Ethiopia.  It’s become a very real way for them to grasp in their minds how blessed they are.

 

 

Every year at Christmas we pack shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child.  We go shopping together, and talk about what this box will mean for the child that receives it.  We always pack at least two boxes, one for a little girl about the same age as my daughter, and another for a little boy close to my son’s age. I love sitting back and watching them carefully pick out items for their shoe box or ask questions like,” Mommy, do you think she loves Hello Kitty like me”?  As they participate, the children that we are buying for become real in their hearts and mind not just a concept.  This year as we were shopping my daughter stopped me and said, “Mommy, I know that getting a gift is cool, but it feels so much better to give.  I love it”!  Wow – so proud of my baby girl!

 

What about you?  How do you teach your children about generosity, kindness, and compassion?

This week is National Collection week for Operation Christmas Child, a nonprofit that distributes millions of shoe boxes for children in need.  I’d love for you to join in!  I’ve included the directions below for how to pack a box.  Gifts are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Helpful Links

  • Click here for details about how to pack a shoe box.
  • Click here to find the closest drop-off location during you and drop off your box during OCC’s National Collection Week, Nov. 12-19, 2012.
100 Millionth Box Promo –This video features shoe box recipients from all over the world who
now live in the U.S. and want to thank those who participate:
100 Millionth Box Promo –This video features shoe box recipients from all over the world who
now live in the U.S. and want to thank those who participate:
100 Millionth Box Promo –This video features shoe box recipients from all over the world who
now live in the U.S. and want to thank those who partici
100 Millionth Box Promo –This video features shoe box recipients from all over the world who
now live in the U.S. and want to thank those who participate:

This holiday season build a box with your family to teach kindness, compassion, and generosity.

Operation Christmas Child and influencer marketing platform BlogFrog have teamed up with 200 bloggers like me to spread the word about this great cause.

BlogFrog will match the first 200 boxes that are built.  Pledge your commitment below to build a box today on Facebook or Twitter!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Operation Christmas Child. The opinions and text are all mine.

Don’t Forget to Check your Pantry & Owl City’s Photo Montage Video #childhunger

 

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Over the past couple of months I have posted about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign several times.  It’s honorable when a brand steps up to help end and raise awareness of child hunger. Nationwide 1 in 5 children are food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  If you missed any of my previous posts here’s a link to two of my favorites here, and here.

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As I was reaching in the pantry tonight to gather ingredients to make homemade salsa and chicken fajitas (YUMMY- I’ll post pics and the recipe soon) I realized I still had a couple of cans of Hunt’s products with the push pen logo and code that I had not entered.  GASP – I Can’t believe I forgot!  I could have kicked myself, as the deadline to enter codes ends on August 31, 2012. I had four cans in my pantry which means I almost missed out on the opportunity to help ConAgra donate 4 meals.   I figured if I had cans still in my pantry and I’m a Child Hunger Ends Here Ambassador then there is a good chance that some of ya’ll do too.  I don’t know about you but I don’t want to miss this super easy opportunity to feed a hungry child.

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So…….real quick, take a break and run in the kitchen and glance over your canned food and frozen items.  Look for the pushpin logo (see my pantry above) and code on the back/side.  If you find any cans or frozen items still lurking around grab them and bring them back to your computer.  Go to the Child Hunger Ends Here site here and look for the image below to enter your code/s.  It’s that simple; for every code you enter ConAgra donates one meal.

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You’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” preformed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product.  Thanks so much ya’ll!  I feel so blessed that our Time 2 $ave Community has such an amazing heart to give and make a difference in the lives of others.  .
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Again, don’t forget to enter all of the 8-digit codes found on the back and sides of specially marked packages at ChildHungerEndsHere.com

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Recently, Owl City rallied their followers to help raise awareness of child hunger by asking, “What surprises you about child hunger?” ConAgra Foods asked their facebook fans to post photos in response to Owl City’s question. Check out the video above of the photos and comments that were submitted.

You can also follow the discussion on facebook here. You can also tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods using #ChildHunger.

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.

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#ChildHunger: Schools Out for the Summer but Child Hunger Isn’t

hunger free   School is out, and it’s officially S U M M E R T I M E!  Many of us are planning vacation getaways with our families and other fun family activities.   It’s so easy to get busy and forget about needs around us, especially since daily school routine has been interrupted with promises of summertime fun.  In reality, during the summer months free and discounted school lunches are gone. Therefore, the number of children are food insecure is even greater.

This summer, approximately 18 million children will face a greater risk of hunger while they’re out of school. During the school year, almost 21 million children depend on free or reduced-price school meals to help keep them from going hungry. But only 2.3 million children are enrolled in similar summer meal programs.1

(from http://www.hungerfreesummertour.org/)

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The past couple of months, I have posted several times about the ConAgra Foods Child Hunger Ends Here campaign as one of their blogger ambassadors. I’ve include links below to a couple of my favorite posts!  Remember, all you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal.

Child Hunger Ends Here- 3 Ways to Include Your Kids in Giving

ConAgra- Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering

ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here- Enter Codes to Donate Meals!

 

All you have to do is enter the codes on the back of participating ConAgra products online and ConAgra will donate a meal. If you have codes that you haven’t entered yet you’ve still got time!  Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012

 

You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store. Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here. For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal. You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.   1 U.S. Department of Agriculture/FNS

Child Hunger Ends Here: 3 Ways to Include Your Kids in Giving

 

Last week, The Cleveland Daily Banner featured an article about our involvement as a blog ambassador with ConAgra Foods and the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.  Ya’ll know we are passionate about giving to others, especially since couponing affords us the opportunity to “Save Big so we can Give Bigger.”

I always knew there were needs in my community, however since I have been involved in the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign my eyes have been opened.  Nationwide, 1 in 5 children are food insecure meaning they don’t know where their next meal is coming from.  In my county, the need is even greater 1 in 3 children.

Wow.  1 in 3 children where I live don’t know where their next meal is coming from?

I can’t imagine, my son wants a snack between snacks……….

 

 

Not only do I think it’s important to include my kids each time we pick out an item to donate, I think it’s important that they know someone sitting right next to them may not know where their next meal is coming from.

I want them to learn empathy, and the importance of looking beyond themselves to see the needs of others.  If I don’t teach them, their view will be based on what they see with their eyes.   To them, hunger and needy will be those on the side of the interstate holding a sign.  It will be the homeless, laying down on a park bench.

Reality.  1 in 3 children where my children play, go to church, participate in sports, etc. are hungry.  It’s up to me to teach them, it’s up to me to show them what compassion for others looks like, it’s up to me to show them we can help, we can make a difference.

 

 

How?  It starts with awareness.  I challenge you, to talk to your kids about child hunger.  Don’t know where to start?  Find out what the stats are in your community.  Educate yourself.

Did you know……..

Children who struggle with hunger face additional problems, such as:

  • Slower growth and inhibited brain development
  • More illnesses, including stomachaches, headaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue
  • Greater susceptibility to obesity and its harmful health consequences
  • Lower concentration and alertness in school
  • Lower academic achievement

Stats – from Consequenses of Child Hunger

 

 

Here’s how to find the child hunger stats in your county:

  1. Click here, then look for the image above – click “See how many children are affected in your county.”
  2. Click your state to see the overall stats.  I live in TN – 17.6% of children are food insecure.  Right around the corner in GA 19.9% are food insecure.
  3. Hover your mouse over the county you live in, talk to your kids about this number.

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Now, go one step further.  Do something.
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Feed a hungry child, with your children.
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It’s as simple as entering a code from a participating ConAgra product online.  (go here for a list of participating products)  Look for the push pin like in the image above for the code.  ConAgra will donate a meal, for every code entered up to the equivilant of 5 million meals.   Depending on how old your children are, walk them through the process from picking up the ConAgra products at the grocery store that qualify to actually entering the code online once you get home.  If they own the experience, it will make a greater impact on their hearts.
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After your kids enter the code, they’ll get to download a copy of the song, Here’s Hope written for the campaign by their choice of artist, either Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean.
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Not only will our kids feel like they got special time with mommy (depending on their age) but together you took the time to make a difference in someone else’s world.  It’s what giving is all about, looking beyond our desires to invest in someone else’s life.
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But.  Don’t let it end there.
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Each time you go to the grocery store, include your kids.  Let them pick out the donation item.  Every week there are items at the grocery store that are free or super cheap.  There’s no reason, not to pick up an item or two.  Your kids will love it, you will be doing something every time you shop that WILL make a difference.
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We make it easy for you.  Every week we post a Time 2 Give list, that includes all of the items in our grocery and drug store matchups that are $1 and under.  Look for your store, then ask your kids to help pick out the donation item.  Depending on their age, if it’s a printable coupon let them cut it out.  If the coupon is in your binder, ask your kids to grab it.  Give them an envelope and put them in charge.  Once you get to the grocery store, allow them to pick the item off the shelf and hand over the coupon to the cashier.
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It will take a little extra effort on your part, but the lessons your children will be learning are invaluable.  After all, couponing it’s just about getting a deal, it’s about making a dfference!
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You can make a difference by purchasing participating ConAgra products at your local grocery store. Look for the push pin logo, and enter the code online at Child Hunger Ends Here. For every code entered, ConAgra will donate the equivalent of one meal. Codes will be accepted up to a maximum of 3 million meal donations or until 8/31/2012. If you missed our previous post about Child Hunger Ends Here click the following links here and here.

You can also follow the discussion at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or tweet along by following www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods and using #ChildHunger.

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I am a blogger correspondent for ConAgra’s Child Hunger Ends Here campaign. Opinions and experiences shared here are my own.

 

ConAgra: Child Hunger Ends Here! We can all help by entering codes from participating products. #childhunger

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Jamie and I recently attended Blissdom, a blogging conference in Nashville.  While there we made a great connection with ConAgra Foods.  ConAgra felt that our message of balanced couponing and becoming a purposeful giver resonated with so many people.  After all, successful couponing doesn’t have to come at the expense of our lives.  The goal is to bring financial relief to our family’s finances.  Then, out of our new found abundance, we have the privilege to give into the lives of others!

When we got home, ConAgra invited me to be a Blogger Ambassador for their Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign!  (SO excited!!  Can’t even tell you what a surprise)  I boarded a plan the next week for a trip to Los Angeles for the kickoff of the Child Hunger Ends Here Campaign.  It was an amazing experience, I’m proud to be a part of this program.  When a brand steps up, like ConAgra to use it’s influence to maker a difference (to the tune of providing the equivalent of 3 million meals to hungry children) I for one take notice.

In case you missed our first post about Child Hunger Ends Here jump over here – we’ve provided links to videos with more information.

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Love these girls!!!   Piera (Jolly Mommy), me (Time 2 $ave), Linsey (Lille Punkin’ Reviews) & Rachel (A Southern Fairytale) at the LA Food Regional Food Bank.

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To kick off the campaign we toured the facilities at the LA Regional Food bank.  We had the incredible opportunity to meet and interview singer/songwriter Jewel.

My favorite event of the day was helping stuff backpacks full of food.  These backpacks are given to school aged children who otherwise may not eat over the weekend.  It’s hard to imagine…many children would go hungry on the weekends if they weren’t provided backpacks.

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Here’s the girls and I stuffing backpacks.  Every tub had two backpacks that we stuffed so full they would hardly zip.  These girls were so much fun to hang out with, I was so sad our time together didn’t last longer.

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Jewel was a trooper – she jumped in and helped us after her interviews.

If you haven’t heard her personal story you’ll be shocked to hear she was once homeless.  You can hear her story here.  Jewel grew up poor, and has faced the same food insecurities that 1 in 5 American children face today.

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What can you do?  Buy a participating brand product and enter your code online.  ConAgra will donate a meal each time a code is entered!

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Once you enter your code, you’ll get to download the song “Here’s Hope” each time you enter a code from a participating ConAgra product. To hear the “Here’s Hope” song and to learn more about how to become involved in the Child Hunger Ends Here campaign, you can visit their website.

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Here’s Hope” performed by Jewel, Owl City or Jay Sean – your choice! The more codes that you redeem, the more exclusive content you’ll be able to access.

Child Hunger Did You Know??

  • According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food insecurity or the inability to access
    enough food to live active, healthy lives affects more than 16 million children in the United
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  • By comparison, the number of kids who struggle with hunger every year is the same as the total populations of New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston combined.
    • Children don’t need to be starving or homeless to struggle with hunger. Many children are
      simply missing a meal or not eating on a regular basis.

Follow the discussion on facebook at www.facebook.com/ConAgraFoods, or  www.twitter.com/ConAgraFoods on twitter.  Use the hashtag #ChildHunger.

My Little Gas Station Mission

We talk a lot around Time2Save about picking up extra free/cheap items to donate to your local food pantry, women’s shelter, etc…  We think it’s one of the most rewarding things in the world to be able to share the blessings of abundance with others who are still in a place of need.  All of us have seasons of need (I know I have – many seasons!) and while couponing helped my family pull ourselves out of that place, it was also the kindness and generosity of others that helped us make it through.

I wanted to tell you guys about a new mission I’m undertaking in my own neighborhood that has got me doubly motivated to buy extra for the sole purpose of giving!

I live in a part of town where there are several low-rent motels side-by-side on the same strip.  It’s like a little run-down city of it’s own.  Lots of interesting characters call it home, including seasonal workers, families with no place else to go and a whole variety of people down on their luck.  It’s common to see an elderly couple dressed in week-old clothes, pushing a shopping cart down the street looking for bottles and cans.  Or to see a bone-skinny woman on the side of the road, stooping to search for cigarette butts in the gravel.  The gas station across from the street from the motels is one I go into often, and the Indian man who runs it, Sam, sees a lot of desperate people come through his doors daily.

A few weeks ago, Sam was telling me that if he could ever win the lottery – he would open a hospital.  He would let everyone come and be treated for free – all the people he sees so often that aren’t able to go would finally have a way.  He told me about the mothers that come in and count out their change on the countertop to buy a gallon of milk.  It set me to thinking about the fact that he deals with these people every day, on a level that I never will.   As I walked back out to my van, I opened my trunk to pull out a box of Cheerios for the kids’ morning breakfast, so I wouldn’t forget once I got home.  I looked into the trunk at a stack of 8 boxes of Cheerios that I’d picked up at Bi-Lo recently for under $1 each.  It struck me that Sam undoubtedly knew of several people who would be able to use a box of Cheerios right now.  Right here.  Meeting people in their need – exactly where they are at this moment.  People who probably couldn’t make it to the food pantry across town because they had to walk everywhere they went.

I ran back in and asked him if he would be comfortable giving away a box a week of items I brought to him, to someone he felt needed it.  He told me he’d be happy to do it and I drove straight home to start cleaning out my stockpile.

So here’s what I’m doing now – here in my own neighborhood, where there are people who need help just beyond my subdivision.  However they got to this place, wherever they might be going from here – this is something I can do for them with little effort to show them a tiny bit of God’s love.

Sam spoke with my husband last night – he gave my first box away to a man who came into the gas station this week.  I know it’s only one drop in the bucket, but I just couldn’t be happier!

We would be honored if you would share a story with us about one way in which you have been able to give through couponing.  Please email your story to time2saveworkshops@gmail.com – or share in the comment section below.

 

 

ConAgra Child Hunger Ends Here: Enter Codes to Donate Meals!

There are 16 million children in America facing hunger today.  Isn’t that heartbreaking?  Check out a couple interviews with kids who are actually in this situation HERE.  Many of us are blessed enough to have plenty to feed our families.  In fact, through couponing, many of us have been enabled to “coupon it forward” by sharing with someone less fortunate.  It’s sort of the Couponer’s Code around here – get a little extra, give a little away.

Well, ConAgra is taking this same principle to American children on a HUGE scale with their Child Hunger Ends Here campaign (click here to enter a code).  They are donating up to 3 Million meals to hungry kids through Feeding America Foodbanks – and all you have to do to help them reach their goal is reach inside your pantry, pull out any of the select items containing special codes, and enter that code on their site.

Each code entered =  1 Meal Donated to the Feeding America Foodbanks!

So next time you find a good deal on a Healthy Choice meal, Peter Pan Peanut Butter, or Chef Boyardee Ravioli’s (among many other items) – just remember that by purchasing it, you are not only feeding your family – but you’re feeding another child out there as well!  We love it!