One of my problems (of many) since I am on a fixed income is that I am not able to give to all the organizations that I used to in the way I liked. I can volunteer, but organizations need money and food stuffs and so on as well.
Since I have gotten back into serious couponing, I have been able to get items for free or almost free, which means I am able to give much more.
Tomorrow I am supposed to take a toy to my church dinner to give to family center that we sponsor. Due to a triple play (a convergence of a sale, and two rebates) I was able to get a total of seven preschool games for 57 cents each!! They were on sale for 3.99 each. Target gave me a 10.00 gift card (which I will use as a gift), and there is a 2.00 rebate on each item. So I will divide them between the church, my local homeless shelter, and toys 4 tots if I can find one. Obviously if I had children those age in my house I would keep a couple, but I do not.
And last week, during the Kroger mega sale, I got things like Del Monte Veggies for pennies, Carnation milk for free, and Dole Mandarin Oranges for free. I will keep some in my pantry and the rest I will donate to the thanksgiving basket program at church.
I feel much better. Not only does it benefit me when I buy everything at 70 percent off ( minimum) but I get to help others in ways I never could.