I love, love, love coupons. I cannot stress this fact enough! Coupons have been such an important part of my life since I decided to quit my outside job in order to stay at home and raise my two boys. Living on one income in a two income world has been very hard for my family but we have been doing it for almost five years now and I truly think it is because I have learned to get what my family needs (and sometimes wants) by only paying pennies on the dollar and shopping smarter.
Over the past year, I have kicked my coupon strategies up a notch and have build quite a stockpile of personal care items. This is my favorite kind of stockpile for many reasons. The items last for years and I don’t have to worry about critters or spoilage, I never, ever, run out of items in the middle of a shower and the best reason of all….I can make large donations from it! When money is tight, it is very hard to make large donations. I know you all want to help others in need but you also want to take care of your family, right? Most veteran couponers know that when you combine a coupon plus a sale AND rewards from drugstores, you can get most personal items very cheap, free or even make a profit! This is especially true for oral hygiene items, one of my favorite stockpile items. These items are super expensive if you buy them at full price so when there is the perfect storm of sale/coupon/reward, I buy, buy, buy!. Once my stockpile reaches a point where it is too much for my family to use, I give it away! I cannot tell you how good it feels to be able to donate huge amounts of items knowing it cost me mostly time and very little money. I like to donate my stockpile to my church but will help any organization in need, especially those that cater to low income families with children.
When I heard about Champions for Kids
SIMPLE Service Project – Spin Into Action
, I knew I wanted to help. I am in the process up setting up a community group within my church, teaching people to use coupons so they can spend a little but donate big to food banks and to those in need. This program sets out to mobilize 20 million people by 2020 to help children in poverty fight tooth decay, a problem that affects over 19% of children between the ages of 2 and 19. These children face persistent pain, the inability to eat comfortably, damaged teeth and distraction from playing and learning.
Never leave home without checking online for coupons. This time I found two. Cha Ching!
I was asked to help by gathering my family, friends and co-workers to provide toothbrushes, toothpaste and other dental care items for the children in my community. A million ideas popped into my head thinking about how I was going to do this but the first thing I needed to do was to pick up some oral care items. I remember seeing a $2 printable coupon online for a Arm and Hammer Spinbrush so I did a google search. I found one and was able to print out two coupons. Right away I was $4 richer, yeah! With coupons in hand and two kids in tow we headed out to Walmart.
My two shopping partners. J2 is happy as can be but J1 is not so sure he is having a good time.
I shop at this Walmart at least two or three times a month so I am pretty familiar with the layout of the store. As soon as we entered the doors, I found a great Transformer’s shirt in J1′s size marked down to $2. This is a great find that I did not even have to work for! After I did a victory dance in my head. I proceeded straight to the Personal Care aisle. I had never purchased any sort of mechanical toothbrush so I did not know what to expect. I saw a pretty good selection of Arm & Hammer Sprinbrushes to choose from and I was surprised at how inexpensive some of them were. I had my $2 off coupons with me which would be the price down even further (always a good thing!), allowing me to spend more elsewhere. Since I was shopping to donate to kids, I chose the Spinbrush Globrush because it lights up for two minutes to help kids do a more thorough job of brushing.
After I picked out the Spinbrushes I headed down the aisle to the children’s oral care section. Once again, selection was pretty good and everything was well stocked. I did not see any great sales and since I didn’t have any coupons, I decided I was going to donate from my stockpile. I had a good amount to donate right now and hopefully would find some local dentists, friends and family to help with this cause. More about that in a follow-up post coming soon.
I had a few more items to pick up for a birthday party so we headed over to the toys section, picked up some Barbie items and then headed over to the register. My boys were so good during this whole trip (might have been the lollipops) I think I might be able to do another shopping trip again with both of them….maybe. In the meantime, you can check out my shopping trip
and see how I made out.
Once we got home I made some phone calls to friends and family begging…I mean asking if they would be willing to donate some oral hygiene items. I also posted on Facebook as well and got some leads on some local dentists who might be interested in participating. I will be making some follow up phone calls next week and start the collection process. Once complete, I hope to make a nice sized donation to my church. Our children’s ministry has a great outreach program so I know the dental care items will go to local children who need it the most.I am so proud to be a part of the SIMPLE Service Project and hope to make a difference in a child’s life. For more information on this project and others, you can follow Champions for Kids on Twitter
. You can also check out Sprinbrush/Arm&Hammer on Facebook
and follow @sprinbrush on Twitter
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