Over the past month, I’ve gone back to clipping coupons. Not “let’s buy free contact solution even though no one wears contacts” couponing. Not “buried under a mountain of Sunday papers” couponing. I’m not even primarily couponing for things I need. I’m couponing for our food pantry.
A few months ago, Mr. P and I sat down and looked at our charitable giving budget. For the most part, we keep it pretty flexible. This allows us to support local drives, spur-of-the-moment fundraisers, unexpected natural disasters, the list goes on. We do, however, make it a point to gift a local food pantry, a local homeless shelter, and a literacy initiative in Mexico that stole my heart last summer each month. I also make sure to purchase one item for the food pantry each time I grocery shop.
While I’m not going to stop making a monetary gift to the food pantry, I do think that I’d like to do more with couponing and giving. I am confident that our food pantry does everything in their power to reasonably stretch their dollars and minimize their costs. But I’m also sure they’re not out couponing. It can be a bit more time consuming and it can also require trips to different stores every week. Couponing is definitely more geared towards individuals than organizations. So this individual says, “Game on.”
Last month, our food pantry expressed a need for paper goods, especially toilet paper and wipes. The organization puts out a list of requested staples that I shop from, so I made sure to add those items to my donation list. If you follow me on social media, you may have already seen my “brag,” but I was able to score two 12-roll packs of Cottonelle and two packs of Cottonelle wipes for $4 including tax. In a prior life, when I was squirreling away every deal I never needed, I would have simply found a place to stuff the TP until we needed it days weeks months from now. Now I realize that kind of stockpiling is wasteful in terms of storage space. Couponing deals cycle through, and we have more than enough toilet paper as it is for now. But you know that feeling about a deal being too good to pass up? Call me weak. Call me hooked. Couponing definitely still has its claws in me. But I think I found a really fun way to capitalize on a good deal and help a good cause at the same time.
So Tell Me…Do you coupon? How do you stretch your charitable donations?
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