Service: Simple Ways to Clip For a Cause
A couple of months ago, I told you about Jessica Burns, who clips coupons not only to save money on groceries for her family, but to fill shoebox-sized Christmas gifts for needy people around the world for pennies on the dollar. Let me share with you a few more inspirational people or organizations that use the coupon inserts from their Sunday papers to buy groceries for food banks, or give coupons to those in need so they can save money on their own groceries.
- ClipForACause.org: People donate their unused coupon inserts to a ClipForACause chapter. Some volunteers meet every Wednesday night to clip only the items that will be free or nearly free after the coupon. After collecting all of the coupons needed for that week, their shoppers go out to different stores to purchase the items. Depending on the current needs of various organizations, they then divide the items and deliver them on a weekly basis to one of several different locations.
- Joan Turnbull of Pine Township, Pennsylvania and Richmond Hill South Civic: They collect coupon inserts by the boxful and then send them to commissaries at military bases all over the world, so soldiers can save money on groceries.
- CommonKindness: People print grocery coupons offered on their site, redeem them at stores, and CommonKindness provides funds to various non-profits. Companies pay an advertising fee to the site and they share 20% of funds received with the non-profits people select.
It's safe to say that none of the people doing this are made of money, but they have all found a way to ease the burdens of others through small and simple means. Maybe we can take some inspiration from them.
What are some cheap/free ways you can serve others in your community?