I was organizing my pantry and stock-up closet today and put together a bag to take to a local food pantry. I am always so happy when I am able to do this, because I am able to use the gift of couponing to bless other people. Everything in this picture probably cost me less than $5, but if a normal shopper purchased it, the cost would be near $50!
Less than ten minutes after taking this picture, I clicked on Southern Saver's website and say this blog post. She shares some great ideas on "planning" to buy for others and making it a regular habit. I feel blessed that God has given me the gift and the desire to coupon, so I try to remember to bless others with my gift.
Another way couponing allows me to help people, is by allowing me to buy food at such a reasonable price that we can entertain on a regular basis! Feeding 2-4 other people can cost quite a bit more, but by buying ahead, using coupons, and meal planning, we barely notice an additional cost. Our cost of entertaining is included in our $40/week grocery/household budget.
With the holidays coming up and the state of our economy right now, I encourage you to take some time to consider what you can do to help others. Remember, it is better to give than to receive. :)