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I’m going to share something with you that I probably shouldn’t.

Don’t tell my husband he might have a fit…

This is my Pantry.  As you can see, we are stocked (you can also see I didn’t clean before giving you this little tour either so you are now considered family).  We have so much that I can’t get it on the shelves. Really, I am not in want of anything.  I am so stocked that this week for the very first time I was in the same city with a Harris Teeter during super doubles week and still decided that while getting a deal would be fun I didn’t NEED anything.

Instead of shopping this week, I’ve decided to unshop.  I’m going through this pantry and if I have more than we really need then everything extra is getting bagged up to donate.

Tomorrow in my area there is a massive Food Drive called Food From the Heart with various churches, radio and tv stations and volunteers working together at 22 different grocery stores.  Their goal is to raise over 50 tons of food!!  They are getting my extras.

If you are curious about Food Banks and their needs watch a fun video from last year when Collin and I went to Harvest Hope here in SC.

I would love to have you join me this week.
How awesome to just take a moment and give back.

By the way, I did shop at Walgreens this week.  I got the awesome Almay deal and a few other freebies, spent $1.34 and have a $5 RR to spend the next time!

This was a week filled with awesome deals so for all of you who shopped how did you do?  Leave a link or a comment.

    • Hannah Long

      Jenny, I think you might be able to hit that 50 ton goal by yourself. ;•)

    • Amy zigre

      wow, thats amazing. I try, but can't seem to get it together enough to be one of those awesome lucky shoppers who spend $3 on $100 worth of stuff :(

    • Brgoff4him

      Jenny, that is a great thing to do….God always loves a cheerful giver! We have a group here in J'ville called the Couponistas and we not only stock ourselves but we stock our church's food pantry with our overage. We've been called upon by our Pastor's wife to procure goodys for her goody baskets (she loves to give one to anyone who comes to sing or whatever) it has become a ministry at our church. And we have a great time of fellowship doing it. Bless you.

    • Lwest82

      Awesome idea Jenny!! We recently moved back to the Upstate, but before that we were members at Shandon BC. Great church and great ministry with Food from the Heart!! :)

    • No shopping is my goal for next week! stocked up this week and want to prove to myself that I can do it! I love food bank donations and encourage it to all that I talk to. thanks for sharing your pantry pics :)

    • Lelia Parker

      My favorite thing about this post…seeing my two favorite bloggers in the same pic! I'm such a dork!

    • Michelle

      I went to Kroger and Publix. I spent $29.40 total, and saved $127.85. What I spent included the purchase of 93 lbs. of dog food! It was an excellent shopping trip for me :)

    • nicole

      But think of all the free things you could have gotten to donate at Harris Teeter. You could have brought a whole truckload LOL. I'm hooked, I need an intervention! I do give away some of my stuff (i actually have 2 other families i specifically buy for to help them out) and I'm nearing maximum capacity in my storage ROOM. but i just cant pass it up if its free!

    • Mom_4_Him

      Does anyone know of a great pace to donate items in the Upstate (SC) I have a huge box that is overflowing, but don't know where to donate :-( When we lived in Appleton, WI, my church was part of an awesome program called Double Portions where people would recieve a hot meal, and then be able to “shop” and take needed items home. Oh, how I miss WI!!!

      • Ileana

        Here is a site with a list of Food Banks in SC. Hope that you can find one near you!

        http://www.sc211.org/index.php?option=com_cpx&task=search.query&query=food+banks

      • Miracle Hill operates several ministries in the upstate. There is a women’s shelter (Shepherd’s Gate), a men’s ministry for overcoming addictions (Overcomer’s Ministry), two children’s homes, and several locations of rescue missions. You can find contact information for all of these locations at their website: http://www.miraclehill.org/contact-us/locations/ Our church supports Miracle Hill Ministries and we have groups that regularly serve at the Overcomer’s ministry and Shepherd’s Gate as well.

      • Hebertinacoupons

        I have given to (in several states) the Salvation Army. I go and ask about old people who are in need. There are a lot of older people who have not much income and are too proud to ask for help. These people know who they are.

    • Ileana

      Jenny, I love all that you do for the site and the community. I found you about 2-3 years ago and it has been a blessing. I have always used coupons while going to the comissary monthly . I now spend $50 per week for 4 and I am able to give/get so much more. I do not have the $ to give but with couponing I can help others. My mom goes to a small Spanish church and there is always someone in need, so she now gives me $50 per month to stock myself up for when someone is in need. I help run a Teen MOPS group that I donate a lot of the toiletries to. Eddie James Ministries came to my church and I put a box together for them with toiletries, feminine products and medicine to take with them.

      SIde note….. I do not clear shelves, I get rainchecks and will make multiple trips if needed. I think that even if I can give, I need to be considerate of others and if need be than pre-order. Happy couponing everyone!!!

    • kimana517

      Goodness, woman! That's a ton of stuff! I think your pantry is bigger than any of my closets. LOL. That said, YAY for giving away some deals! With the Publix Progresso deal a few weeks ago I got 40 cans, and only kept 10. The other 30 were excellent donations to my church food pantry!

    • Frugal Chick

      Our local Chick-fil-A in the one at Sugarloaf and 316 is also doing a food drive. Bring in any 3 cans and get a FREE Original or Spicy Chicken Sandwich!

    • Sarah

      That is awesome, Jenny! Your pantry is bigger than my closest too, lol! We started going to a new church last summer and I was SO excited to find out they have a food pantry! Over the holidays our church also “adopted” 3 needy families in the area to provide personal care items, paper goods and food. I also love to put together care packages for my cousin who is a college student in the area. I try to be a considerate shopper, shopping different locations at different times so as not to clear shelves. We don't have a lot of money, but I love being able to share the abundance that we have because of the coupon shopping I do. What a blessing it is to share with others.

    • Love your pantry! l am so jealous of the size too!! And I rocked Walgreens for the first time ever this week with the Almay deal. Seven times to be exact. I then spent $10 of my RR's but still have $25 to use later. I predict that will come in handy next week so I am pretty excited.

    • JB

      Jenny.. another reason I love you.. because you are NORMAL!!!! I think at one point all of our pantries have looked like that (even if they aren't that big). And THANK YOU for reminding us that while its great to save money on things we need/want for our family, it's even better for us to bless others with the amazing deals we are able to get.

    • Shayelyn

      I had a pretty awesome week. I went to 4 different Publix' to spread coupons around. Total spent combined was $24.13. Total saved combined was $189.86. All I bought was dog food, fruit snacks, pretzel crisps, baking soda and plastic flatware. The first store I went to was a super dog food purchase because they didn't have it BOGO in the computer and I was given the Publix promise refund. I have a few more trips to make using the $5 off $30 coupons for a 50th birthday on Sunday. My deals won't be anywhere near what I've already done though, but it sure is fun!

      • Shayelyn

        Oh and thank you for sharing the pantry picture. I wish I had a nice big pantry. But since I don't, I have my pantry, a shelving unit in my laundry room, 2 shelving units in my master bedroom closet and I'm waiting for one for my office closet. And I definitely have food I need to share!

        • mrsmadayar

          You sound like me. I have stuff stashed all over the house :)

    • Snapper2104

      If anyone is overstocked on products there are 1300 Marines in Afghanistan who are living on the bare minimum…basically a uniform and boots…no showers..and in need of our help. A list of items they are in need of:
      AA batteries, foot care – antibacterial spray, lotion, ointment,hard candy, chewing gum, beef jerky, tuna packets
      * lip balm
      * lotion (Eucerin, for example)
      * shaving cream
      * shower gel
      …… * Star Burst candy
      * white socks (calf length)
      * wipes – unscented
      * sun flower seeds
      * travel toiletries
      * magazines – sports (not the swim suit issue or men's magazines) and news.
      You could contact your local American Legion for an address of a Marine or many of them are collecting an doing bulk shipments. Im making a big drop off myself tomorrow :-)

      • Saviorbucks

        thank you for the info, so many of us would like to give but never know where to start!

    • Denise

      Jenny,
      You are such a wonderful person. Thank you for all your hard work and inspiration. God Bless!

    • Guest

      What a great picture! My son's school was doing a food drive this week and thanks to your website, he was able to donate several large boxes of items. We donated over 450 items with a retail cost of over $750 and I only spent $12-$15 on the items total. A lot of it was pasta and rice, a staple in most houses, but we had several boxes of cereal too!!! Thanks for your site, it's helped me teach my son the meaning of generousity!!!

    • Kelly

      I am so jealous of your pantry!! I have to shove all of my stuff in cabinets and in the garage! (if it is canned or nonperishable)

      • I was thinking the same thing about the pantry. We're house hunting now- I can only hope we can find a house with a nice pantry like that :) Thanks for the reminder of giving back- there are some things in our cabinets that we have not used in months. Time to donate those!

    • Danielle

      Amazing! I do the same and I try to donate a box of good deals every week or two… Good to hear that others do the same… :)

    • Jilljova77

      Jenny- I am in the Irmo area also. If I wanted to donate food, where could I drop it off.

    • Robin Ann

      What is the Almay deal at Walgreen's? I didn't see it in the Walgreen's weekly post

      • Terri

        it was last week. $2 ivc in their beauty book stacked with a $2 MC. Makeup remover was $4.19 and you got $5 RR

    • Hi everybody, same goes for my area in Tampa Bay, There is an initiative “Feed The Bay” this weekend, I'm going 'unshopping' too! :) look it up at dot org it you're from the area and would like to participate!

    • Caroline

      I had a great trip to Kroger today and was pleasantly surprised that I didn't have to get any rain checks and my cashier (young male) gave me no trouble about my 28 coupons! I spent $21.75 and saved $106…83%!!! I now have enough pasta for months and enough Powerades to get my son through his first season of t-ball. Thanks for all you do Jenny!

    • Kelly C

      Somewhat jealous of the size of your pantry Jenny! But thanks to your site, and all your hard work, we are able to give more to our local food drive, and are hoping to fill more shoe boxes this year for Operation Christmas Child.

    • Patricia S.

      My deal of the week was on the Resolve/Spray and Wash at Rite Aid. It was on sale for $1.99. I had some ancient coupons for $2.00 off. Plus I earned $1.00 up rewards for each one I purchased.

    • Elizabeht

      Jenny–thank you for the 'kick in the patooty' I needed this weekend to go through our pantry and round up a donation. It's one of my favorite parts about couponing–but we are all so busy, we NEED the reminders! :)

    • Janice

      I completely agree with unshopping! But I like to take it one step farther-I've chosen a certain church's food bank, and I ask them what they need. Then when there are super deals, I shop for the food bank, not just me (examples might be cereal or canned meat). I keep a bag or box going of those items, and then once a quarter I unshop my cupboards as well, and drop the whole thing off. Doing this, I usually have at least 2-3 large paper bags full without feeling like it interferes with my grocery budget. They are always so grateful, because it's not just another 20 cans of green beans, but stuff people need.

      • Willyb

        This!! This is the way to do it. Don't overshop, THEN decide that you've bought too much. If we have this “magical” skill to get stuff on the cheap and we really want to donate and not just purge our over spending, we would plan to do so ahead of time- thoughtfully- like you do. OR we can plan to share with family and friends that we know have specific needs. I know it's just my pet peeve but it bothers me to hear people say bought out the whole store on some deal and they say, ” oh but I'm going to donate it.”. Really? Everytime youre going to donate it? How about not take so much, leave some for the poor working sap who doesnt YET qualify for the free pantry and/ or have a specific plan for specific items you'll donate. But, again, that's just my peeve. YMMV. *smile*

    • mrsmadayar

      I love unshopping. I give stuff to friends and family regularly. Usually I'll say “here I got this for free and I don't need it.” and then they want to learn more about couponing.

    • kindlechic

      Giving back is so important. Thank you Jenny for being such an amazing example to our couponing community. We are all very blessed to have you guide our savvy spending habits. :)

    • Erkelly

      I can't wait until I can start unshopping! I recently started buying in bulk with coupons a few months ago, and got our families stock up already! I have already started giving items to family. I am so excited for when I start getting way more items than we need and I can give them to more family and friends and donate the rest!

    • Ldymadona

      There is a similar event happening in the Tampa Bay area this weekend called Feed the Bay. Almost 30 churches and many grocery stores are involved. I have been collecting for months for it. If you have excess and live in the Tampa Bay area go to Feedthebay.org for more information. Thanks Jenny!

    • Kim

      Funny you just posted this, because yesterday, I unshopped at the Ronald McDonald House and it felt so good!!! They were overwhelmed by all the food and personal care items :o)

    • Mandy

      I did the same thing a few weeks ago. Now I can actually see what we do have in the pantry. Felt good, too!

    • Savanarola

      AWESOME. The trick is not to wind up wasting by getting too much and keeping items until they expire. It takes organization and work – and I sometimes wind up getting overwhelmed. But I think we're going to spend some time eating down the freezer, and working down the pantry, and donating along the way. We just have too much. Our church's lenten project is personal care items and housewares for a shelter, so I know we'll be doing that.

    • Beth

      I didn't take a picture but saved $39.01 and spent $44 at Publix. Gave neighbor a bag of Pedigree dog food I paid $.99 for. Got all brand name stuff too. Felt great.

    • Couponing Lisa

      Our church has an ongoing food drive for a local charity – so every time I shop and I pick up something they can use, it goes in a bag I keep for just that purpose – then on Sunday I drop it off. It's nice to be able to support a worthy cause and I'm able to take almost a full bag each week to donate with the help of the couponing deals I find here! :)

    • Caddimom

      I attended the workshop in Huntersville Thursday night. I'm new to couponing so I did not have any newspaper coupons but got 2 All You, some blinkies, ecoupons and all the Walgreens booklets. I was excited and couldn't wait. I went to Harris Teeter for doubles – I saved 50% WOW – that was awesome. $58 in coupons and $27 Vic savings. Not bad for the 1st time out. Can't wait to get the paper tomorrow

    • Amysbrock

      I did shop this week, as always. But I have done a lot of unshopping lately! A close friend and her husband were both out of work. So I shared a lot of things with them. I share with them on a regular basis. I also cleaned out some of my personal item stockpile (deodrant, soap, toothpaste, etc.) last week. A friend of my husband's home burned down and they lost everything. I plan on stocking them up with food when they get into a new home. It really does feel good to give!! It's nice to see their face & know they were blessed too!

    • ajb

      Not sure where to ask this, but does anyone here use emealz? I signed up for them this week, and just did the Publix shopping list for the week that I got from them. I love having the planning done for me, but I had to spend considerably more on groceries than my usual $60 per week budget!

      Just wondering if anyone else uses emealz, and what your cheap shopping tactics are!

    • SandyRiddle

      I took advantage of the Kibbles and Bits deal. Thanks for the heads up about it, I was able to do some planning ahead and talked to my Publix store manager. I bought 80 bags, 320 pounds total, for $39.60 plus tax. I saved $359.20. We went right from the Publix to the local animal shelter and dropped it all off.
      Thanks again for helping me help others.

      • HelenC

        That is awesome! Q's: How in the world did you get that many coups.?

    • Kb

      If there are couponers in upper MS or AL there are children's homes that are grateful for donations! The Palmer Home is an orphanage and French Camp Academy is a Boarding School…..both are Christian owned and op. My church here in Enterprise AL has a collection box for the Palmer Home that I weekly donate to.

    • Tee

      When calculating the savings, do you use the original price of the item, or the sale price?

    • Lady 608

      That pantry ain't nothin. I have 6 commercial 6'long x 7 ft high carts in my pantry that are floor to ceiling packed. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that thought about giving to a local food bank. I had just told my husband two days ago that we were going to pack up all the things that I have 10 and 12 of and all the food that someone less fortunate can use. I can't believe I keep buying, but when it is free or a few pennies I just couldn't pass it up. We have kids in our neighbornhood that don't have enough food at home and I'm going to pack some packpacks as we did at the Google Site and give these kids weekend bags so they will have food. THANKS to all the great merchants that make this possible. I also have been buying cat and dog food when it is free or just a quarter or so for a bag and donating to the greater Charleston SPCA.
      Thank you for letting me share your coupon opportunities with others.

    • LittleBitAngelic

      First I went to Super Target yesterday and enjoyed sampling the new Philadelphia Cooking Creme. I received a manufacturers coupon for $1.00 off. I decided to price shop a bit as I had a few others stops to make one including Publix. When I got to Publix the Price was $2.99, I then saw a blinkie coupon below for the product in question. I still had the manufacturers coupon in my coat pocket. My mother who came to one of your classes with me reminded me of the coupon stacking rule so I used both coupons and wound up with the Philadelphia cooking Creme for only $.49. I was so Excited! This was the first time I have got to really employ coupon stacking since I took your class. The first time was a success and a thrill.

    • Livserge331

      I have a neighbor with cancer and I take surplus items to him and his wife. I also give things to my husband's little sister, who has two small children (2 and 9 months) and has no income. It feels good to share!

    • senoia mom

      I saw a news story this morning that the Atlanta Area United way is needing “shoebox” donations of toiletries, and personal care items for the local homeless women's and childrens shelter. As they have very little, they most of the time have to go without the things we add to our stockpiles for free, or just pennies. (I think I know where my excess toothpaste and deodorant are going! It is hard to pass up free, now it will go to someone who really needs it. I have been giving the excess to my brother, who has been out of work, but even he cant use it all)
      I am also unshopping this week, so I must get busy to see what else I can add to my donation this week.
      Oh, I forgot to say the story said you can contact your local united way office for more info. AND best of all, the donations will stay in your local area.

    • Maimaie

      Thanks for the inspiration, Jenny! Not only do you help us to save but you always remind us that giving back is just as important. Every time I go shopping my surplus grows a little, and I always say that I will donate some, but this post really inspired me to actually DO it!

      In addition to donating most of my surplus of non-perishables this week I picked up the BOGO Peanut butter at Publix and all 6 jars are being donated. I also put together some personal care items and cleaning supplies that I don't need.

      I love saving money, but cleaning it all out is just as good a feeling!