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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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How easy it is to give


A Quick Reminder: It’s Easy to Give!

Currently there are so many places desperate for funding and donations of goods, and as we prepare for the holidays that number will only increase.  I want to urge you to think about how easy and inexpensive it is to donate.

How many products do you get for pennies or even free on Southern Savers?  Every week there are extreme sales, coupon matchups, and money makers on many grocery lists.  I try to highlight the best deals in a number of ways, with the $1 or less list and now the Great Deals for Donations list.  I want to challenge you to think about adding donations into your  shopping routine without having to add them into your budget.

To make this easy I want you to do two things:

1.  Set a price threshold in your mind that if anything is less than “x” amount I will always try to get one extra.  This helps you to always flag those items and make it a habit to always buy that one extra.  For example: if pasta is 9¢ after coupons and sales, then grab what you need for 6 weeks and one extra box.  Honestly, for most of us that’s maybe 3-4 boxes total.

2.  Grab an empty box and keep it in your pantry or somewhere near the kitchen.  When you get home from shopping put the extra items automatically in the box.  When the box is full take it some where and donate it.

Organizations like Food Banks, Battered Women’s shelters (many of which need things for children as well), Homeless Shelters,  etc. need anything you can bring them from canned and dry goods to toothpaste and detergent.  The blessing is that everything they need, we experienced shoppers can get at a major bargain.

If you are curious about the needs of organizations around you, it only takes a second to call them and ask!  They will be more than happy to give you a list.

One other place to donate is to start to work on your Operation Christmas Child boxes.  I have something fun to share that hopefully will help motivate you to pack some amazing boxes!  Stay tuned for details later tonight.

    • Alice

      Has anyone thought about our soldiers that will be spending Thanksgiving & Christmas in Iraq & Afghanistan? They are over there keeping us SAFE & FREE so that we may continue to live our lives. Tri-County Blue Star Mothers & Families in Charleston SC has launched Operation Christmas Stocking 2010, we have 1500 stockings to fill to send to our soldiers. Some of the items on our wish are wipes, hand sanitizers, deck of cards, a note or letter THANKING them for their service, gum, eye drops, socks,foot cream, hand warmers, febreeze,popcorn, tea, soup,
      phone cards etc….If your interested in how to help fill a stocking contact me at dtlang8667@gmail.com

    • Courtney

      Great post! 10 minutes before I read this, I was taking a picture of my most recent donation to post on my blog! You gave some great ideas to make it a regular habit. Awesome!


    • Azntulsagirl

      Thank You Jenny! You're so right and sometimes, I feel myself getting stingy with my coupons and stuff, and it really brings things back to perspective! I'm always saying I want to help others out there, and here is my opportunity to do it, like you said, without hurting the budget! God bless you! Thanks for everything you do!

    • gardengirl

      Thanks! So nicely said.

      In my donation box, I have 7 boxes of cereal, 10 boxes of pasta, 4 bottles of pasta sauce, 8 cans of tuna, 2 bottles of mayo, 2 jars peanut butter….not to mention the drug store deals I have in the box. It is just me and my husband so we don't eat that much.

      To the loyal followers and newby's, what do y'all have in your box?

      • Guerrerodedios

        My “box” is the entire church's food pantry! We are currently supporting 4 families, with extras for some fixed-income people (who get food stamps, but have problems buying toothpaste!). Thanks to Southern Savers, my husband has been able to run the food pantry (he's a Mr. Mom to our baby and teen) and counsel many families, including a bag full of what would be expensive goods that I have been able to purchase through the help of this website. We also send school/toilitries boxes to school chidren in a mission in Nicaragua that our church runs and non-perishables for another mission our church runs in TN (we are in NC).

    • Cmt261

      just donated 200.00 in toiletries! so excited!

    • Dana

      GREAT idea Jenny! I think one of the temptations of couponing (or at least for me) is to error on the side of stinginess in the 'name of saving'. I, and I'm sure a few others, would really benefit from making an intentional effort to make generousity a part of couponing. =) Thank's for the encouragement to do so!

    • Bridget N

      I have a paper bag in my kitchen that I just keep adding to, the contents of which will go to a local food bank. I also have a bag started with toiletries that will be donated (our local soup kitchen asked for those items for the men who visit them). One of the things I love the most about couponing – besides saving boatloads of money – is that it makes such donations much easier. There's really no excuse now because I can get so much stuff for free or very, very cheap. I will get the free/inexpensive items that I don't use or need just because someone out there WILL be able to use them.

      Thanks, Jenny, for making both saving and donating so much easier for me and my family!

    • dj in ga

      What a great idea! I work for a non-profit thrift store and many times people will say they have nothing to donate to us, meaning furniture, etc. I always remind them that the store has to pay for toilet paper, trash bags, and many of the other unseen items that keep us in business. Through SS, I've already saved us a lot by shopping with coupons, and would gladly accept paper goods and cleaning supplies as a donation! We even give a tax receipt!!

    • Kat

      I am new to couponing but I have already started my box for donations. YAY! This may be a dumb question but…how do i find a good local charity? In the past i've always donated through work or events that i was going to for food drives and always bought new stuff (or cleared out my cupboards).

      • Churches get calls all of the time from people in their neighborhood. This is a great place to donate because you know it is going to fly off of the shelves fast and get into the hands of the people who need it. Also it would be a good idea to call schools around you (public mostly elementary). Students come to school dirty and with unbrushed teeth because they don't have any toiletries at home. Teachers recognize these kids and make them a little “kit” so when they come to school they can clean up. Just a few ideas.

    • militarywifeonabudget

      it is wonderful to get all the deals and Jenny you have helped me cut our shopping bills tremendously. I have been able to help a family of 5 at my church with about 5-7 days of food each month and I have also been able to add some donation bags for my church pastor to have on hand for families in need.
      Thank you for taking your time to help us all save and help others.
      My saying is Charity comes from the heart, not a government program :)
      God Bless you and yours :)

      • Michelle

        Government programs are nice when you are in need though.

        • militarywifeonabudget

          yes, it is meant for those in need, it is just that sometimes those programs dont help some that truly need the help. I help a family that is made up of a dad, his two children, and the two grandmothers to the children. He rolled his big rig a few years ago and became unemployed. He was self employed so no unemployment, and he applied for assistance with food and even medicaid for his 13 year old daughter and was turned down. according to their guidelines their income was well below the limit.

    • Susanw2004

      This is the very thing I did today…In preparation for our bounty harvest (fall/holiday sales and coupons) I cleaned out my stockpile and gave away 118 items today. I gave until it hurt, my velveeta cheese and peanut butter :) I also made a run to our local no-kill animal shelter with food, treats, and cleaning supplies. My 17 year old son is on fall break and I took him with me so that he could experience the feeling of giving. What a wonderful feeling it is! I encourage everyone else to do the same.

    • jenn r

      As a reminder, food banks are always looking for toiletries, and most will take the sample size ones that we all sign up for or find in our hotel rooms.

    • Darlenecary

      Jenny you are awesome and I love you! You are doing good work!

    • MollieC

      Ok, I have what may seem like a stupid question, I know someone can help!! I donate regularly to our local Ronald McDonald house, but there are things that I have gotten so very cheap that they don't take (like Depends). I tried a battered womens shelter, but they also didn't take anything like that. Where do you recommend that I donate items which are more specific, such as laxative and depends. (I got great deals on both, and couldn't pass them up)!!

      • Cwalkden

        Call your local free clinic, They would probably love to have them.

        • emilykayehall

          Check with a local hospice.

      • Susanw2004

        If Home Instead Senior Care is in your area, they are in the process of promoting “Santa to a Senior” program for Christmas. They provide Christmas gifts for seniors who wouldn't otherwise have Christmas. Many times our elderly are overlooked during the holidays. Call HISC and see if they could use the items you have.

    • Kccoupons88

      What a great idea!! My teenage son just said last week that he thinks I need to have an intervention! We had 13 boxes of cereal in our pantry! I just can't pass up the good deals I am finding through this site! Now, I will start a donation box and donate the extra items to a local charity. Thanks Jenny!!

    • Raulersons3

      Our local book bank encourages us to buy the penny item at Publix on Wednesday and donate it. It only cost .01 and helps them so much.

      • Raulersons3

        That should read food bank not book bank.

    • Thanks for reminding us to think of others when we are getting such great deals Jenny. Last week when pasta was 14 cents/box at Publix I went ahead and bought a few to start my food donation for the holidays. As a single gal I don't need a hige stockpile. I can get the thrill of the deal and not end up with tons of stuff I don't need.

    • Themimb

      I'm gearing up for the Clemson – Carolina food drive (GO TIGERS!) at my sons' elementary school. Every year they have a competition and the kids bring food and add it to the pile for their particular team. All the food brought in then goes to our local food bank here in Charleston. Clemson have won the food drive the past two years in a row BUT they have lost the actual game :( Still, the food bank is the real winner!

    • Esmith545

      This is such a great idea! It's something that has been on my mind for a while and I'm glad to have some help in making it happen! Thanks for your time and for reminding us that we are to return our blessings to others!

    • Melanie

      I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea! Our family has struggled the last few years due to the economy which is why we started couponing, so we haven't been able to give much beyond our tithe. This will be a fun, rewarding and cost-effective way to give this holiday season to a child who has much less than we do. My son will have fun getting a least one box together too. Thanks for your compassionate heart Jenny!

    • Melinda

      Since beginning my couponing journey more than a year ago, we have been packing at least one box per week of items to share with others. We call them “Boxes of Blessings” and I think that I get more out of it than the people who receive the boxes. We pray over each box and the blessing it will give someone in need. Please consider donatiing. Believe me, you will never know the number of lives you touch through your effort and you will teach your children a wonderful life lesson! Jenny: Thanks for helping Operation Christmas Child. This has been one of our families favorite things to do for more than 10 years now. What a blessing your site has been to our family.

    • Tiggge

      Does anyone in the Irmo/Columbia area know where I can take my food and bathroom donations to?

    • Thecouponpops

      So happy to see this post Jenny. Great opportunity to take a blessing and share it with someone else! :)

    • ToddDu

      For anyone in the North Atlanta (Fulton/Forysth) area, North Fulton Community Charities is desperate for food donations. There is a big food drive coming up at the end of October but that will really only last them about a month. They are giving out over 3 tons of food each week! NFCC is located off Highway 9 near Honda Carland.

    • Kelleyzoo

      I know everyone loves to help people, but don't forget the furry members of your community. I run an animal shelter and we will always happily accept Laundry detergent, paper towels, bleach, dish soap, hand soap. Check with your shelter for their wish list, but those items are things that every shelter will probably love!

    • Freemn4

      I am a new Southerner (moved here a few months ago from Pacific Northwest). I am amazed by this site and all of the deals to be had. In the North I never found stores who doubled coupons. This opens up a whole new world of couponing. I really appreciate knowing about all the great buys. I have always loved to purchase extra items and donate them to my church to put in the food bank; thanks to this site it helps me find even more to share with others. Thanks!

    • My family lives paycheck to paycheck right now, so cash donations are nearly impossible for us. But thanks to couponing, I have given over $300 retail in toiletries to a women's shelter, stocked up over $100 worth of diapers and baby toiletries for some friends that just had twins, and I just donated 5 bags of (snickers/kitkat/reeses/blow-pop/tootsie pop) candy I paid nearly nothing for at Rite Aid to my kindergarten's teacher for the class fall/halloween celebration.

      I don't say this to toot my own horn, but to give examples of how couponing is NOT just about saving money, but also about being able to GIVE more, because it costs less! Charity through couponing ROCKS! Thanks so much for promoting it, Jenny! Both by this post, as well as by keeping your site free to help so many!

    • Thanks to an article I read about “Clipping for a Cause” I now maintain my “Donation Corner” in the dining room (we never eat in there, haha). It started as a box and has mushroomed into a growing collection of bags that gets bigger every week. Once a month, I give it to Heather to drop off at the Gwinnett County, Ga. area food banks they work with. It's a mishmash of shampoo, pasta, toothpaste, paper towels, salad dressing, whatever I can find. Seems like more and more people need help these days and I'm glad I can help a little.

    • Carolinaangulo

      Thank you for this article and tip. The more we give and help the more we will receive in return. ;-)