All over the frugal blogosphere, I run across coupons and deals on how to pay little or nothing for all kinds of products. Often, I’m not at all interested because I never use most of the products. A recent post by Money Mate Kate reminded me of the other possibilities.
Kate is asking people to help her play Robin Hood. No, she doesn’t want to steal from the rich, she just wants help with getting coupons which will allow her to acquire items (particularly toiletries, which aren’t covered by food stamps) which she then gives away. If you’d be interested in printing the coupons and mailing them to her, check out the article.
Or, couponing/CVSing for charity is something you can do on your own. It requires time, a printer (except for some CVS stuff), a CVS card (if you’re going to do the CVS part), and some money.
With the recession, more and more people are out of work and more churches, charities, and shelters are cutting their budgets due to insufficient funding. Items obtained through deal hunting can be donated to groups (though check beforehand what they take), or you can put together care packages like Kate does and do your best to give them away to people who need them.
The biggest reason to coupon for charity is that you can make your money go a lot farther than it might go if you gave it directly. Many charities are good at stretching a buck of getting deals, but I’ve seen some CVS reports where the blogger got over $100 of toiletries for a couple bucks. That’s a fantastic ROI.
To help Kate, all you need is a printer and a few cents for printing/postage. You can even read reports of what she does with the items afterward.
If you would like to try the CVS “game,” here are 3 places to get started.