Guest Post: When You Get, Give

“When You Get, Give”
Guest Post by: Sherri Gray,
Certified Personal Finance Counselor®
In
a previous post, I talked about couponing. I love to coupon now. Getting
discounts on products that I used to pay full price for is amazing. It makes me
wonder now why I ever paid full price for razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste,
deodorant, nail polish, paper towels, bathroom tissue, cleansers, soap, snacks,
cereal, detergent, pasta, etc. You get the point.
Unfortunately,
I don’t always get the deals that I want because some consumers choose to
‘clear the shelves’ instead of leaving product behind for others or the store
doesn’t have enough in stock to begin with. Missing out on deals can be
frustrating but it won’t deter me from trying to get more deals as every dollar
I save is a dollar my family can keep in its pocket.
Because
of couponing, I’ve purchased products at drastically reduced prices and have
even gotten some products for free. As I started building my stockpile of
products, I realized that I was accumulating multiples of certain items and
even acquired items that I wouldn’t normally use, because I got them for free.
It
got me to thinking. There’s a residual effect to couponing that I hadn’t
realized before. Not only can I get great deals on products for my family but I
can give away my excess products to those who really need them.
So,
I decided to start giving away some of the products that I’ve accumulated to
non-profit organizations and food pantries who can distribute the products to
families who need them. I’ve also given items to families who are struggling
financially.
Maya
Angelou said “When you learn, teach. When you get, give.” I’ve learned that
even though I’m on a tight budget, when I get something, it’s my responsibility
to give. And you can do the same. There are several resources available to get
you started with donating through couponing.
For
manufacturer coupons, check your Sunday newspaper or print online coupons at www.coupons.com, www.redplum.com, www.smartsource.com, or http://coupons.target.com, just to name a
few. There are also a variety of retailers that have their own in store coupons
which can be used in conjunction with manufacturer coupons for additional
savings.
You
can also donate expired coupons to troops overseas that can use coupons in
overseas commissaries for up to 6 months after the expiration date. This is
another way to give, especially to the men and women who serve our country.
Happy Couponing!
Find
more ways to save money by going to The Money Mom website at www.themoneymom.org or following The
Money Mom Deals Blog at http://themoneymomdeals.blogspot.com/.
For more tips on couponing, listen to my April 10 Blog Talk Radio Show, featuring
Extreme Couponer Janelle Bowles, at www.blogtalkradio.com/themoneymom