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Couponing for a Cause


My first frugal blog was started 8 years ago — inspired by the food bank donation program at my church. When the Bag Hunger campaign began, I started filling bags from the stockpile in my pantry and the extreme couponing deals I found at the store each week. I found so many free items that were on the food bank wishlist that I started emailing my church friends, so we could provide even more Bag Hunger contributions.

That’s when I started thinking of other ways we could use couponing to give back. I’m already clipping coupons each week. I’m already shopping smart to lower our budget. It only made sense to put that work into my desire to make a difference in our community. Here are a few of my favorite ways to help others, even when I don’t have a lot of money of my own:


  • Donate Pet Supplies to Animal Shelters 1 of 5
    Donate Pet Supplies to Animal Shelters
    That's my rescue dog, Yeti! She spent a year in a shelter, waiting to come home to us. I'm so grateful to those who took care of our dog before we found her. At the top of my local shelter's wishlist: dog & cat food, cat litter, peanut butter (for Kongs), bleach, hand sanitizer, paper towels, and more. Check with your own shelter for specific needs, then watch sales & coupons to help fulfill them.
  • Create Blessing Bags for Community Shelters 2 of 5
    Create Blessing Bags for Community Shelters
    I love the idea of these blessing bags — they're designed to be gifted to the homeless. Community shelters for homeless and victims of domestic violence can use the same items. Toiletries, razors, and toothbrushes are appreciated since so many arrive with nothing.
    Read more at Kids With a Vision
  • Mail Expired Coupons to Military Families 3 of 5
    Mail Expired Coupons to Military Families
    You just can't use every coupon, but there's nothing more frustrating than finding a great one just days after it expires. You can still put it to good use by mailing it overseas to military families. They are able to use coupons in the commissary for up to 6 months past the expiration date.
    Learn more about coupon donation at The Krazy Coupon Lady
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Donate to Food Banks 4 of 5
    Donate to Food Banks
    Of course, food banks are always in need, but be sure to select items they need. Most are often in need of snack items, canned goods, boxed meals, and personal care items. You can also look for community organizations that feed low income children during school breaks.
    Read more on my first frugal site, FeedIndy.com
    Photo Credit: Flickr
  • Join Operation Christmas Child 5 of 5
    Join Operation Christmas Child
    Target's dollar spot clearances almost every month, and it's a great opportunity to score deals on small items for shoebox gifts. You can also find great coupon deals on hygiene items & hard candies that can also be included. Collect throughout the year so you're ready for Operation Christmas Child in November.
    Photo Credit: Flickr

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More on Babble.com:
10 Tips for Beginner Couponing
10 More Tips for Extreme Couponing
Couponing for Adventure

More money saving ideas from Heather on Inexpensively.com:
Food Bank Shortages
Art of Couponing: Stocking Up

Photo Credit: Flickr

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