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Using Savings For Good

on 12.24.2008 at 12:31pm
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using savings for good

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!

    • This is a great idea for those who have not thought about it. Sometimes it’s as though the charity aspect of our lives does not flourish as we are so blessed by our couponing savings. I have a shelf in my kitchen dedicated to charity. I stock it with food that will be used to give a way once a month. Toothpaste and deodorant is also another thing that I stock up on with the sole purpose of giving it away.

      God has not blessed my family so that we can hoard it all to ourselves. We believe that to whom much is given much is required. It is my reasonable service to give back to those in need. Thanks for the admonition.

      Have a blessed Christmas.

    • BeccaM

      You may also want to check out the book, “Shop, Save, Share” by Ellie Kay. She talks about the same idea. You can probably find it in your local library to check out and read. She is a great, entertaining writer who also gives advice out of her own experience. Merry Christmas!

    • Beth

      A nice post and a good reminder on Christmas Eve. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas!

    • Julie

      What a wonderful idea. I am new to couponing and cvs so always just got what my family needed. I will now look at all this in a whole new way! Thanks for the great idea! Merry Christmas!

    • I’m so glad you posted on this topic!

      I started a a non-profit organization working with AIDS orphans in East Africa and combined with my frugality blog I’ve always wanted to work harder to bring together the stockpiling efforts of USA moms with the kids who need these products so much!

      When I first moved to East Africa and lived in the orphanages it was amazing to see how personal care products and medicines are *so* hard to come by, and how expensive they are relative to local cash. Although orphanages do provide basics like food, medicines, personal care items, pens pencils and notebooks really take a toll on an orphanage’s finances and the kids end up going without.

      All this to say, for years I’ve been stockpiling for the kids I work with, and am wondering if there is a way to get more moms involved out here?

      If anyone has any ideas I’d love to hear!

      Merry Xmas!

    • Blair

      I got the same idea when I could get free Colgate at CVS a while back…I almost didn’t get it because we use Crest, but I thought about all the fundraisers and food/health item drives we do at my school and thought I’d just save up for that. I agree with Hadias. I also think we should share our blessings from God.

    • Where can I get the free Gerber baby food Food Lion coupon?

    • Jenny

      Click on the Food Lion Coupons button above my header and the coupon is in a page of baby items. Most Publix stores accept competitor coupons it is for $1 off any Gerber item and will make most every Gerber jarred food free.