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Seriously, you are probably thinking, WHAT are you going to do with some of the large quantities of FOOD that you get at the grocery store with coupons or instant savings deals??
For example, the post below… 25 boxes of pancake mix?
Guess what, folks?
I am NOT going to use it all.
Quite frankly, we’d be up to our eyeballs if we kept (and used!) all of that pancake mix!
I have mentioned here a lot that when I can get things free and super cheap, I almost always grab them. We use them, we dole them out in large quantities to family and friends (just sent my in-laws home today with a bag of Eggos and crackers!).
BUT ASIDE FROM GIVING TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS…
I donate because there are so many people out there in need. I donate because while we might live on one income and stick to a weekly budget, there are so many people out there who are struggling just to put food on the table. I donate because by using coupons I can purchase food for (literally) pennies (or FREE) and I truly believe that paying it forward is a wonderful thing to do.
I have decided that this year my cheap and free food surplus will be donated to a great local cause: Preston and Steve’s Campout for Hunger.
Preston and Steve are local radio personalities. They have an extremely popular morning show on 93.3 WMMR here in Philadelphia. Back when I used to drive 45+ minutes each way to work, they literally delivered me to my school howling with laughter.
Each fall (around Thanksgiving) they camp out with the rest of their show’s crew in an RV right smack in the parking lot of a very busy shopping center outside of Philadelphia. They live in the RV 24/7 for about a week and they broadcast live from the parking lot. They welcome listeners to stop by and donate food; some individuals and businesses even compete to try to donate the largest amount of food (measured by weight).
All food is donated directly to Philabundance, the area’s largest hunger relief organization.
From now until November I am going to collect canned goods and other non perishable foodstuffs to take and donate to the Campout for Hunger. Will you join me? Use those coupons, grab the freebies each week, put a couple of items aside to donate.
Whether you are from the Philadelphia area or not… this is something that all of us as couponers can do… we can make a difference without compromising our own budgets.
Here is my first donation, ready to go! I will be collecting these items and keeping them in my guest room. I am excited to see how much I end up with. :)