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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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Many grocery stores now have a charity system tied into their shoppers card.  Each time you shop you can scan your card as usual and a small percentage from each trip will go to the charities that you have selected.  It is usually based on the after sale, before coupon total.  Each store has a different program, here are the ones that I could find:

You can select up to 3 charities to support.  Your charities will receive 1% of each transaction from Bi-Lo.  For more information go here.

To get set up:

  1. Get an enrollment card from the organization you want to help.
  2. Have the cashier scan your Bi-Lo card and the enrollment card, this only needs to be done once to link them together.

If you would like some ideas, try your local school, shelters etc.   One mission idea we love is called HydroMissions, they help provide fresh water in 3rd world countries.  They are based in South Carolina and would love more support.  You can get the enrollment card here, if you would like to help support them.

You can select 1 charity for the year.  Each year you will need to reselect a charity.

To get set up:

  1. Select a Charity that you want to support.
    Texas or Lousianna
    (I used to support a local school in SC but can’t find the site for it now, any one know about other areas?)
  2. Have them scan your store card and the charity barcode once in the store to link them together

You need to get a key tag from the charity that you would like to support and scan this every time you shop.  If you also use the Publix Upromise key tag, they can be scanned in the same transaction so it won’t affect your college savings.  Many stores keep key tags for schools in their area at the registers.

Food Lion:
You can link your card to one charity each year.  Go here to find your charity and get set up.

Harris Teeter:
Link to one school each year.  No other types of organizations are participating.  Go here to find the school you would like to support and get you Vic card linked automatically.

Link to one school each year.  No other types of organizations are participating.  Go here to find your school and get your Advantage Buy Card linked.

Link to one school each year.  No other types of organizations are participating.  Go here to get your Harvey’s key card linked automatically.

    • Fabulous info! I never thought of the card I swipe for the school as a charity but it when you put it that way. I post weekly about what you can pick up for FREE or next to nothing to donate to your local food bank or homeless ministries or church. If folks are interested they can check “Top Chairty Deals” each week at http://www.thespottosave.com/2009/09/top-charity-deals-wk-of-920.html

    • Lyn Newton

      Well, I couldn’t find the category to comment so I will just do it here. Bloom in my area (Charlotte/Huntersville) is doing super doubles again this week (beginning today, Oct 28. I didn’t see a category for this week’s Bloom ad on Southern Savers. I love the site & tell people all the time about you. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    • I don’t see where you can participate at Kroger in Virginia, I’m already signed up to support my local food bank through Food Lion though. I think it’s great that lots of retailers help by giving back to communities.

    • Nicole

      Thanks for the info! That’s such an easy way to give to charity. Speaking of charities – do you know of any charities that take over the counter medicine? Thanks to the deals the drug stores, I have way too much cold/allergy meds but not sure where I can donate them as most places won’t take medicine…any ideas?

      • Have you tried a local shelter for battered women? Our local shelter has a list of needed items and one of the things it specifies are OTC meds for children so I’m hoping they may take adult OTC as well.

      • Ashley in FL

        You can also look to see if you have a Ronald McDonald House in your area.

    • kathi

      I have been told that Kroger in SC (no longer) has this program. Also that Harris-Teeter only does schools. Girl Scouts of Eastern SC is on the BiLo program. BTW Bilo and Food Lion (the only 2 I participate in) do their donation based on pre-manufacturer Q and catalina total SO “spending” your manufacturer q’s there even if “you” get the item for free still benefits your charity, how cool is that?

      • kathi

        Also, you might to check the Bilo policy, last year it was up to 3 charities but I have been told it is down to one this year.

        • Jenny

          I just grabbed that off their website so hopefully it is current :)

          • kathi

            Absolutely awesome news!

    • Allison

      Earth Fare does something similar as well. If you bring in your own shopping bag they donate 5 cent per bag to the Friend Of EarthFare for that month. Each store has a different organization they support each month, but each of them are for a good cause – and it’s easy to do!

    • Rachel

      There is also a fantastic organization in Canton, MS called The Christmas Village (thechristmasvillage.org) that is a house for moms that considered abortion but decided against it. You can use your Kroger card to earn them free money!!
      Check out their website for more info. Go under events, then ongoing fundraisers!

    • Mariah

      Our school told us that the Kroger programhas changed and is no longer worth trying to do. The explanation our PTA gave us made sense, I just can’t type it all out and it make sense, KWIM???? They are asking us to use our Publix swipe cards and shop at Publix.

    • mel

      When I get lots of “extra” freebie–toothpaste, shampoo, razors, and other toiletries, I take them to a local men/women’s shelter, and also send them to my brother in law overseas in the military.
      It is such a blessing to be able to use couponing to help others!! Thanks Jenny for this website, it has changed my life!!

    • Thanks Jenny for posting all of this information. It is great to be able to help non-profit organizations without doing anything different then we are already doing (grocery shopping). Thanks again!

    • Ashley

      Any idea of any charities that participate in the publix program?

    • Amy

      Can someone give me the details of obtaining a Publix card to scan for Upromise? I have registered my other store cards, but didn’t know anything about Publix. Thank you in advance!

      • Ashley

        You can ask for the publix upromise card at the customer service desk.