Saving money and couponing has blessed my family with the ability to live a better life on a tighter budget. I am thankful every day for the fact that I have learned to make our dollars stretch, but I never forget those times that we didn’t always have those dollars to stretch. That is why donating and helping those less fortunate is a large part of my family’s life.
We actually started donating supplies as soon as I learned to coupon. I loved the idea of giving back, and to be honest I loved scoring all those free items, but would amass a supply that was much larger than my family ever needed. So it looked like a win-win situation to find some local organizations to provide for those that need a little bit of help!
This time of year is always especially important to my family because there are so many families that cannot afford to get all of the school supplies that their children need for school. We all went to school, we know how cruel kids can be especially if other children don’t have everything they need. It warms my heart to know that because I am a frugalista that I can help out some children in my area get the supplies that they need!
So, Crunchy readers, I challenge you to make a change today and learn one product you can donate to those that are less fortunate in your community. No, I am not asking you to break the bank, but what I am asking you is to grab one extra of an item you can score for cheap or free and donate it! Here’s a few ideas to get you started!
How to find items to donate:
1. Free after Register Rewards Items: Is an item FARR, but not necessarily a product you would use? Then purchase it to snag the Register Rewards and donate the item. I do this especially for items I can make money on, and they are items local shelters are in need of.
2. Free after Extra Care Bucks: Same idea as FARR. Extra Care Bucks can help you buy items you do need, so if something is free after ECBs and you can meet a local shelters needs, why not score them some great freebies!
3. Free Product Coupons: Do you already have 20 bottles of shampoo, but just scored a Free coupon from a shampoo giveaway? Still grab your bottle, but donate that free bottle instead of letting that coupon expire.
4. Filler items: When your item count is off of your coupon count at Walgreens we all know you need to grab a small filler item to make your transaction work. Grab something inexpensive like a can of food and donate it to your local food pantry.
5. Too much in your stockpile: Sometimes I get a little over zealous and I buy too much product, and some of it I won’t be able to use before it’s expiration date. About every 6 months I go through my stockpile and grab things expiring soon, but not expired, and head to the local woman’s shelter.
Now that you have an idea how to find your donation items, let’s find some great places for you to donate to! There are so many possibilities, you just have to find a need or a cause dear to your heart and lend a helping hand!
Here’s some ways to find places to donate to:
1. Find local food banks: Food America has a great database of community food banks located across the country, so check your state and get started!
2. Find local homeless shelters: Homeless Directory has a comprehensive list of homeless shelters across the country.
3.Find local woman’s shelters: Woman’s Shelters has a great directory of shelters listed by state.
4. Call your local church: Churches are a great way to find out about needs in the community. Many have their own foodbanks, or know of places that need some assistance.
5. Call your local school distrtict: Many school districts have programs in place for school supply donations or have great contacts to find these programs.
6. Call your local animal shelter: Local animal shelters are always in need of donations. If furry ones are a passion of yours, this is always a great place to donate!
Donating is a passion of mine, and I hope it’s something that you find so easy after reading this article that it becomes second nature. I have loved the fact that couponing and frugal shopping has allowed me to donate to those in need in my community. Before couponing, I wasn’t able to do this, but always had the desire to. It’s with the kindness of strangers that those that fall on hard times are able to survive sometimes. My husband and I were blessed to have such kind people in our community when we fell on hard times, and it makes us happy that we are now able to repay the kindness back to others.