Some consumers cash in on coupons for a cause
Amy Dunn writes every day about coupons, saving money and frugal living. Below are recent excerpts from her blog.
Shannon Eddleman daughter was 4 years old when she first noticed a homeless man on the side of the road. W mulberry hat does his sign say, the little girl asked her mother.
Already an avid coupon shopper, Eddleman decided to use the same skills she used to trim her own grocery bill to buy food for the hungry. Her first purchase: six pop top cans of chili for just 10 cents each after coupons.
In the four years since, Eddleman and her two children have made shopping for the less fortunate part of their regular supermarket routine. Their donations go to North Raleigh Ministries and the food bank at Asbury United Methodist Church in Raleigh. Oftentimes, the items are completel mulberry y free after store discounts and coupon savings are applied.
ta mulberry lk about how we wish everyone would clip five coupons and get five free things, Eddleman said. of all the people we could feed. a name for what Eddleman does. I like to call it couponing for a cause. She one of many in the Triangle and across the country who parlay coupon discounts into a regular stream of food and personal hygiene donations to charity with very little actual money changing hands.
Food banks and homeless shelters aren the only beneficiaries of the kindness of couponers. Many coupon clippers focus their efforts on buying food for cats and dogs at local animal shelters. troops overseas and filling shoeboxes with toys and treats for the Operation Christmas Child project run by Franklin Graham Samaritan Purse based in Boone. And at least two national coupon printing sites pledge corporate donations to charity when folks print and redeem their coupons.
The common thread among all the efforts: to muscle as much buying power as possible out of coupons.
Cindy Sink, spokeswoman for the Inter Faith Food Shuttle in Raleigh, said her organization doesn have any way of tracking donations purchased with coupons.
But she said she welcomes folks to take up mulberry the challenge of coupon clipping for her organization Grocery Bags for Seniors program and the more well known BackPack Buddies program, which sends needy schoolchildren home with a backpack filled with a weekend worth of food.
Among the greatest needs are items on which coupons are often available: canned tuna and chicken, packaged noodles, instant oatmeal, cans of fruits and vegetables, boxes of 100 percent juice and shelf stable milk, and boxes and bags of individual healthy snacks such as granola bars, raisins and pretzels.
certainly would help if you have a BOGO. You keep one and you give one, Sink said.
Darci VanderSlik, spokeswoman for the SPCA of Wake County, said she doesn have solid numbers on the number of coupon clippers assisting the animal shelter. But based on the comments about sales and coupons regularly posted on the shelter Facebook page, she said she certain it a common practice.
The shelter also keeps a basket filled with coupons for cat and dog food and treats. are welcome to drop off coupons and take some if they need them, she said.
Barbara Corbin of Cary is another coupon clipper who scouts the deals for charity.
Corbin four children are grown and gone but she enjoys the thrill of the bargain hunt too much to give it up.
Instead of providing for her own children, the SAS employee now helps those less fortunate by donating to Catholic Parish Outreach and the Brown Bag Ministry.
She typically buys cereal, pasta, rice, microwave meals and fruit cups. try to focus on the healthy foods but not always because everyone likes a treat, she said. She also likes to donate personal hygiene items, which are often free with a coupon.
always done coupons because I always tended to be a thrifty person, Corbin said. was raised that way.