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I have written on this a long time ago, but felt today was a good day to bring it up again…
If you follow Southern Savers shopping lists or hunt out your own deals you are probably getting very stocked on the things you need and also pretty stocked on free things you might never need. I want to encourage you to start something new in your house.
When you shop and see something on the list that is free, even if you don’t need it I encourage you to get it. There are exceptions of course, but most of the time there is always someone who can use it. A way to make this easy on you is to put a box in the bottom of your pantry or somewhere out of the way and put the little things you grab in there as you get them. When the box is full deliver it somewhere. There are so many places that I can’t really make a list, but to generalize: homeless shelters, women’s abuse shelters, children’s homes, church ministry…
A few ideas:
- Every time you go to Publix take the Food Lion printable to get one free Gerber baby food – you probably have a friend who would love the gift or any charity location can use it!
- Even if you don’t like or need any more free toothpaste, shampoo etc. – toiletries are the biggest needs at most places
- Food is always needed at Harvest Food Banks especially during the winter
You can do this as small or large as you like. If you just shop one store there are usally 2-4 free things each week, grab one to give away and you already have a box bigger than most people give every year. If you shop all the drugstores and a grocery store then you can have free things coming out of your ears.
Click here to explore charity as a reason for saving and to get an idea of what items are needed!