Monday, December 3, 2007

You can give by saving - or save to give

I'm always on the look out for a good deal. No matter what. I read a lot of freebie forums and chat rooms and find out what kind of deals people are getting. Because I want in on it!

I stockpile a lot of the normal things like toothpaste, shampoo etc.. I buy this stuff for next to nothing when I am doing my weekly shopping. The trick to that is to find it on sale, use a coupon, and keep it on hand so you are not forced to buy something and pay full price just because you need it.

I have so many coupons and I'm always signing up for more. Even if I know i'm not going to use the item, i'll get the coupon and try to find a good deal. I do this especially with pet food. A lot of times you can find these items and pay very little - then turn around and donate it to your local animal shelter. The volunteers there love it because you are giving them much needed supplies. It makes you feel good doing a good deed, and on top of it all - you didn't pay very much for the item! Its a win win for everyone.

I also donate my overstock of items to our local food pantry when my storage supply has become over run. It makes me feel good giving to those who are less fortunate and I'm doing my part by paying it forward. Only I know that I didn't break the bank to do a good deed.

It really doesnt take that much more effort to start to add a few of these types of items to your cart the next time your out. By watching the sale ads and matching it with coupons you will be surprised how quickly it adds up. Once I have a couple of bags full - I go ahead and drop off the donation.

I have done this for years and I hope after reading this you will consider doing the same. Even small steps can help out those less fortunate.