• Do you love, love, love couponing but have enough toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, bodywash and maybe even laundry and dishwasher detergent for your family for a year!?!??
  • Is your husband complaining about how large your stockpile is getting?
  • Do you have enough for your family but just hate to miss a “krazy deal”?

If you answered YES to one or more of these questions, you are a diagnosed KRAZY COUPON LADY!

I suggest you start “Couponing for Charity”.  There are tons of worthwhile organizations that will happily take your deals off your hands.  It’s a fun way to give back to our communities without it costing too much other than time and sales tax.  In the last couple of years I have donated over 500 full size toiletry items to my church, who has passed it on to worthwhile shelters, homeless organizations, etc.  Couponing has allowed me to pack up a couple grocery bags at different times full of food and toiletries to families I know might be in need.   I regularly drop off some bags to single moms that I know who struggle to make ends meet.  What an easy way to give back and satisfy our couponing addictions! Here’s a list of ideas of where you can pass off some of  your “extras”:

  • Homeless shelters
  • Battered women shelters
  • Senior Resource centers-My filled-up bin is  ready to drop off at our local center–people on a fixed income need a break, right?
  • Single moms
  • Neighbors or Friends who are unemployed
  • Food banks
  • Church organizations

I know we have a great group of kind hearted Krazy Couponing Ladies (and Gents) out there!  So when you are out shopping and don’t need an item for your stockpile, consider picking it up anyway, and start a bin or shelf for charity!  How has couponing allowed you to help others?

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151 thoughts on “Couponing for Charity!”

  1. Nikki Frisby says:

    What does it mean when theres a coupon you can print out and get the item for free, but its has for charity by the coupon!!!!!

  2. Beth Mason says:

    I also encourage you to donate for not-for-profit childcare centers in your area. As the director of a center, we run on a very small budget and would LOVE to have things like hand soap, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, and food supplies. As a center we are trying to use coupons more but what we’d love to have even more is some Krazy Coupon Ladies that love to shop to share their bounty with us!! :)

  3. I am new to extreme couponing, but I am learning the ropes. I have already begun to get things for free. The idea of couponing for charities and shelters is wonderful! This coming week I will be getting whatever is a good sale as usual, but if at all possible I am going to try to coupon for those affected by the tornados this past week, specifically the families in Joplin, MO. I was wondering if anyone else would be willing or is planning to do the same?

  4. Leigha says:

    KCL – thank you for posting this section!! I just started couponing a few months ago and I’ve already gotten our stockpile going, donated to our church, and today I put together my first box for a women’s shelter in our area. I was *amazed* at how much I had accumulated in such a short amount of time – for instance, my donation box has 17 deoderants and 11 bottles of hand soap (among many, many other things). I didn’t get those all at one time but I had no idea how quickly it added up! We are expecting a baby any day, and I realize how blessed my life is – we have jobs, healthy children and a home. I know many people are struggling right now – and I’ve struggled in the past – and it is simply wonderful to be able to give back. My husband keeps trying to get me to rest, but when couponing is SO EASY, it’s hard to stay home! Thank you for showing us how to coupon AND how to bless others!! You are an inspiration and you allow people like me to give back in a meaningful way. I cannot WAIT to drop off this donation box….just as soon the baby removes his foot from my ribs :)

  5. Laura says:

    I live in Alabama and a lot people were left with nothing. All my Krazy Couponing is going to disaster relief. I am not as good as many but I am doing what I can for people who are less fortunate than me. This can even be done when you are unemployed like myself. Do what you can! That is my motto!!

  6. Elisabeth says:

    It may have already been mentioned here but I choose to donate to crisis pregnancy centers and sometimes abused women’s shelters. My heart is there because I have been on the receiving end there. I was 4 months prego and had a 1 yr old and a 2 yr old when I decided to leave my abusive husband. If it wasn’t for the donations they gave me and other resources, I would have been forced to give my unborn up for adoption. Some people may have considered abortion. Thankfully, they showed me that they could help me get back on my feet. I was in their program for about a year. And here it is 4-5 years later but I am now on my feet, with all three of my children! Now I am in a position to be able to coupon to help others in the same situations! It is the scariest place in the world to be to know that you won’t be able to take care of that baby that is squirming around inside you and will inevitably be born and looking to me to do so! I couldn’t even take care of the two toddlers that I already had! I am so so so grateful for the people who helped me out! I give everything we cannot use (which is a lot, the way I shop), to help others facing this very difficult time. Please remember them.

    Also, I wanted to mention that the crisis pregnancy centers need items other than baby stuff. Adult health & beauty type stuff is nice too. These pregnant ladies and new mothers still need to wash their hair, shave their legs, pluck their eyebrows, ect. ect. I give regular hand soap (for washing hands after changing dirty diapers), hair accessories, dental floss and toothpaste/brushes. You get the idea. These ladies have such a hard time concentrating on the children/babies needs that they often neglect theirselves. Most of these places make the ladies earn points that can be redeemed for these items. You earn points by doing various self-help type activities, to help get them back on their feet. It’s not like they just hand out the stuff so it is a wonderful program!

    • Kent says:

      Elisabeth, thanks for the support and great suggestion on where to donate. Our ‘most useful’ donation was to Salvation Army with a direction that it was for the Women and Children’s Shelter. We figured that, unlike SOME of the men, MOST of the women (and kids) are there not by their own choosing. We are actually quite selfish. We figure if we can help some folks become self-sufficient, they can work, pay taxes, and have sore feet and backs like the rest of us. Maybe some of them will remember where they got help and do their own donation to help others. Did I just describe you? You mentioned some of the items that are needed for donation. The shelter here had not had donated deodorant in over a year. You said “they showed me that they could help me get back on my feet”. I’ve heard that when you are pregnant all you want to do is be able to SEE YOUR FEET!

  7. Sarah says:

    Awesome suggestions on where to donate! I bring most of my donations to the local High Schools. The school nurses have a list of very low income students that are in constant need of personal hygiene items. I remember being in high school and the low income kids getting picked on because they didn’t have deodorant and their hair was always greasy.

    And I bring all my extra food items to WIC, they give it to families that are on hard times, but do not qualify for food stamps and such.

    Just a thought :)

  8. Holly says:

    Hi everyone!
    Donating is a wonderful idea. Please consider adding your local Children’s Hospital to your list! Our local children’s hospital has an sleeping/showering/clothes washing area for parents whose children are in ICU. It is such a stressful time to have a child in critical care. Most parents don’t ever leave the hospital during that time (I know I didn’t) and you certainly don’t usually come prepared with a toothbrush, deoderant or a change of clothes. To have someone already anticipate that need is such an amazing gift! Even razors and feminine products are needed!

  9. Kent says:

    Heather & Joanie, great subject for a post. Considering the tone on the ‘Free Clean & Clear Body Wash at Walgreens’ post from May 6th, I was thinking there were only a few people that donate a lot of their ‘stuff’. Signed, a self righteous jerk (and numerous other names I was called).
    A special thanks to those going to the extra effort to donate to the folks serving in hostile areas. For our next donation we’re looking at something for local delivery (SoCal) for injured military. Any suggestions?

    • Elisabeth says:

      Kent, I just finished reading your comments on the Clean & Clear post, you had me lmao! Some people just need to calm down and enjoy couponing, sheesh, life is too short to be so upset and “whiney” all the time.

  10. jlclifton says:

    I think it is great to donate and help others in need out. But there seems to be another issue at hand, too. Is it possible that some “honorary KCL’s” are using the donation as an excuse to clear the shelves at a store just because they can, while not thinking that there might be other couponers that are trying to make ends meet, too? It gets very frustrating preparing and going to a store and there’s nothing . . . empty! We should also think of others in our couponing community. Just a thought.

    • Emilie says:

      Not to sound harsh, but I think as the consumer as long as the store doesn’t have a limit, it is fine to buy what you need or want? I think the problem is more stores not stocking their shelves to meet the demands of their customers, and not couponers for getting the best deal they possibly can. If I have 10 coupons and their are 10 items on the shelf, I shouldn’t feel guilty because the store either doesn’t stock what they have in the back or order enough to meet the needs of their customer. 3 stores in my town have been sold out of Reach Toothbrushes that are on sale for $1 since the beginning of the month. I blame the store for not restocking and not the couponers. I know our CVS stopped ordering a few weeks before inventory – so for 2 weeks, they had Extra Buck stuff in the paper I couldn’t get because the manager didn’t want to order stock, to make inventory easier. As long as what I am stockpiling is in accordance with the stores policy I don’t think I should be made to feel guilty.

      • Elisabeth says:

        Emilie, I feel the same way. What a shame to have to feel the need to defend ourselves for providing for our families (& donating too).
        It does sound bad, but like our mama’s always said, “the early bird gets the worm”. and the toothbrushes and body washes too, lol. Seriously, we shouldn’t have to defend our right to purchase as many as we want/need. If it is a large enough amount, we can place a special order (at certain stores) but if not, just get it if you can. If not, it will be there next time. Get a raincheck and on with life. Couponing should be fun, but now I have to try to convince people I am not a hoarder and such. It’s just truly sad.

      • Marina says:

        If you thought you were right then I’d guess that you wouldn’t feel guilty.

    • Lisa says:

      I agree with you. It’s just common courtesy. Funny how some who justify clearing shelves tell others to quit whining and get a raincheck. Can’t they do the same thing?

      Couponers are a small part of the population. It’s people like my mom, who has to get a ride to Wags once every couple of weeks, and then what if the sale item happens to be what she wants? She has to figure out how to get back there or do withouth. It really, really is common courtesy to leave some…of course, I’m talking if there’s fifteen items on the shelf can you curb your couponing, donating or hoarding impulse? I realize you’re (possibly) thinking of others as you donate, but more often than not from what I’ve seen it’s just poor impulse control. If there’s just a few to begin with, then I’d say early bird gets the worm.

      I find the contradictory, conflicting desire of wanting to donate and yet feeling justified in buying out a couple dozen items and emptying shelves quite baffling.

  11. jihana says:

    i have lots of coupons which i want to donate. few are expired but many are not. heard about military family can use expired coupons. if anyone knows about it pl let me know. i live in PA.

  12. Heather says:

    I send care packages to the troops through anysoldier.com everyone check it out you can choose specific troops and match what you have to thier specific requests…warning though…IT’S ADDICTING!

  13. Tammy says:

    I also send mine to the Military. My son is a deployed Marine and he so appreciates the basics. When he is not deployed I send to someone who is. Not only do they not have much but they are so underpaid so their families struggle to stay afloat with one partner gone. You have to have a specific address to send to the Middle East so if you don’t contact your local American Legion because they probably do have address’s. Keep thoughts on things they can put in their pockets and keep in mind 115 degree temps. Remember these are young warriors with not much so the small things in life like baby wipes, beef jerkey etc are a big deal. God Bless!

  14. Sandy says:

    that it is ……. Imaiage verifition failed

  15. Sandy says:

    Why can’t I email things from this blog to friends? it all ways says verification faild….

  16. Amber C says:

    I too work with a military foundation that sends care packages all over the world to deployed troops. The Elier Vela Foundation. I just started couponing for my family several weeks ago but when I started to see how much I could get for free I started couponing for the foundation as well. It really is fun to see the box of donation items grow and I can’t wait for the next care package packing day!

  17. Tiffany says:

    My cousin is getting ready to leave for his second tour to Iraq. I adopted his unit and began project “shop with pride”. My sisters, friends, and family(and anyone else I can get involved) are all shopping for items on their list that they would love to get. Around Christmas we are going to pack 50 food bags and 50 personal care bags to send them. We just want to show them we have pride in what they do! Anytime we get freebies, or cheapies we put them in our boxes. I have actually found a couple places, like CVS are willing to help out too and they are saving a box with items for us as well! I think couponing for a cause is a great idea!

  18. Kate says:

    Hi everyone,
    I work at a non-profit in the DC area, and I beg you, please donate ONLY things that a shelter/kitchen/non-profit actually NEEDS.

    Please, please call ahead and ask what they need before donating! In general, they desperately NEED: canned vegetables, full-size (not travel size) toiletries, feminine hygiene products, baby lotion/diapers/wipes/formula, toilet paper. In general, they do NOT need: candy, cookies, chips, air fresheners, cake mix, etc.

    I do not mean any disrespect. It was just always very discouraging for our staff to have to throw out things that our clients can’t use. Impoverished people need the same things that middle-class people need, so please do not assume that “they’ll be grateful for whatever they get”. I’m not assuming you all think that way, I just have a lot of experience with well-intentioned donors having a different interpretation of ‘need’. Charities do not have unlimited storage space, so if something is not suitable for distribution, it will be thrown out. I am grateful for all the support my non-profit receives from the community, and I know you all will do a great job supporting your own communities!

    • Lisa B. says:

      Kate, that is a great point.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Kate, I understand you may have limited storage. But seriously, you throw things out that could be used? Why not just pass it on to another non-profit that could actually use it? What good is it gonna do clogging up the landfill? And really, travel-sized items are NOT needed? So single teenage moms should tote around full-size baby lotions and soaps in their diaper bag along with baby and their own school backpacks? Or the homeless man should keep full-sized products in his knapsac on his shoulder? I’m sure there are times that travel sized items come in handy. I am middle class and if I can use trial sized, I don’t see why someone, who doesn’t get to choose what they get, can’t use them.

      I do understand you have your “standards” on what a good donation is but to quote you, “they should be happy with what they get”. I was once in a crisis pregnancy center and was VERY grateful for all my support, even if it was trial sized!

  19. Helena says:

    It’s amazing that, at the end of the day, so MANY people come together to use their coupons to help others and not just themselves. Even though cashiers, managers and even other customers create so much hassle for us, we never stop to think of the good that we do with coupons and hearing all of these stories is amazing to me. Great job everyone and I hope that we prove to all of those naysayers that think coupons are worthless and a total waste of time that THEY are so wrong. Coupons saves lives, and they are treasured because they allow us to give back so much more than we were before just by clipping and forging through all of our obstacles in order to get our deals at stores. :)

  20. Naomi says:

    but why should we pay sales tax on stuff that will go to not-for profits? I’m thinking of approaching my local charity organization and getting a “tax letter” from them to use only for items I’d buy for them.

  21. Cj says:

    This is so much fun. I have been donating to my local food bank. What a great way to let us have fun and give.

  22. Shannon says:

    I am krazy indeed! I just love to donate part of my stockpile to charity!!! The gift of giving, good karma all around! It is so nice to see so many others who do this, to help those in need!

  23. Gabbi says:

    Hi everyone!
    I live in Seattle, more specifically in the University District. (I’m a college student at UW)
    And I was wondering if anyone knows of any charities or centers that could use donations?
    Any advice would be really appreciated!
    What a great feeling it is giving back :)

  24. Nic says:

    I used my coupons to buy non-perishable that were on sale this week for Stamp Out Hunger. I found really good deals at CVS and Rainbow (they double my coupons so I was able to buy more stuff to help others).

    Also, I have some other items (I only pay tax on most of them) that I will donate to a shelter.

  25. CORETTA says:


  26. I coupon for toiletries for our family, my grandparents who live on social security only and the leftovers go to a battered women’s shelter. I hope others donate as well!

  27. erica says:

    don’t forget about care packages for our troops!

  28. SophieMae says:

    Any hints on getting the stores to cooperate? I’ve been trying to get Walgreens to special order me a few cases of Clean & Clear this week, but the manager is hemming and hawing and never calls me back with an asnwer. I’m about ready to call corporate, coz the coupons expire in a few days! Will WalMart price match the BOGO?

  29. Is there a moderator here? Any way that we can flag this guy?

    The simple fact that you thought to ask the question belies your misunderstanding of tolerance and equality.

  30. Heidi says:

    The whole reason I am doing this :) While I have stocked up a bit for my own family of five I have mostly been stocking up to donate and I plan to do it twice a year. My first donation will be in June and I should have about $5K worth of stuff that I only paid tax on so that cost me $300…this is just approximate, still have to add up some more receipts. It sure is nice to know we can help out, we are low income and have never had much ourselves but with couponing I can have what we need and then some! :) Good job to all those doing this, we can make a difference!

  31. Heavydcleveland says:

    I was going to type a response, but I’m gonna let it slide. But I am a black single female and never had children. I work everyday and make $54K a year. My house is paid off and all I have is a lease note. I am a serious couponer and I don’t ask people for squat. And I thank the Lord everynight for every blessing.

  32. ladonna says:

    i give to shelters pet and human and i want to do military dontations but i helped an out of work family last week

  33. Elisabeth says:

    Ummm… Mike, that was a lil random & kinda rude. I’m white but I dont care if a purple person with green polkadots gets my donations!

  34. Meredith says:

    I love this post! I have been couponing for a year now, I built my stockpile and now every Friday when I volunteer at the homeless shelter I bring in bags with me. I am so greatful for you Krazy ladies!

    • Heavydcleveland says:

      This may sound quirky but I’ve also been doing this for many years. When I travel, I always pack bags of toiletries. Sure I pay for that overweight and extra bag, but, I also reap huge benefits. In hotels I leave the housekeeper a huge supply of toiletries and I get the best service. I like to give my girlfriends the toiletries supplied by the hotel (if they’re nice), so I ask the housekeeper for 10 sets of that stuff and leave the bag with the note. When I come back to the room, I have bags of those items waiting for me. When I went to Egypt I gave the housekeepers bags of toiletries and I’m telling you, you’ll get top notch service. Toiletries and vitamins are huge things to barter with too.

  35. Annettte says:

    Dont forget animal shelters, especially in diaster areas as most animals are abandoned and the shelters fill up fast and their resources run out quickly.
    Also hospice is a nice place as well, some family members visit from out town coming in a hurry and are in a hotel and could use shampoo large enough to use for a week or more and toothpaste and toothbrushes they mnight have forgotten. Also the patients may need something as well.
    Foster kids, they are in need of pajamas, tee shirts, toothpaste, underwear and socks. Sometimes they are removed by police and quickly and they leave with nothing or an officer packs and bag and packs whatever is laying there and it may not even be their clothes. Just thought I would add some of my personal places in need.

  36. Ashley says:

    I am looking forward to sharing my stockpile with those in need. This summer I will be leading a coupon class for church and I’m planning on having a donation box. All donations will go to the church pantry at the end of the summer. Excited to see how much we can donate!

  37. Raquel says:

    I cannot begin to explain the blessing it is to have fellow couponers donating. I’m actually the secretary of Florida Mission Outreach Center in Dania Beach, Florida. We provide families in need with food, toiletries, supplies, etc. unfortunately when the economy took a hit so did our donations. Limiting the amount of families we have been able to provide to. So if there anyone is interested I included the website to the organization, please feel free. If need be we’ll even come and pick it up. As krazy couponers we have a gift and I love the fact that we are able to share with families from all over.

    Have a fabulous afternoon!!

  38. Maritza says:

    I think this is great. Im only about a month into couponing and already i have a mini stock pile of hair products ( dye $ wash), toothbrushes, and dish soap. I’m actually starting my charity efforts with the Stamp out Hunger event that is going to be this saturday. ( leave a bag of non-perishable food at mailbox) So today I went shopping for great deals on non-perishable items like Hormel ( microwavables) and campels, similac and sodas/etc. to put in my bag :) I will def. try the other methods of giving back that are on your list starting probably with church and those that I know might be in need like teen moms who need help with costly baby stuff :) I am really liking this couponing stuff!

  39. Kerri says:

    I’ve been couponing for about a month now and I have created a pretty decent sized stock pile. I read an article on here about packing up a box and sending it down to the people recently hit by the tornado’s down south. I would love to donate some of my stock pile. Does anyone know if the post office or UPS offers discounted rates to people who are shipping to help with the relief efforts? Or if there is an organization in MA. that I can bring the stuff to and have them send it along?

  40. Randi says:

    As a military wife who has been couponing for almost four years, this is one aspect of couponing I always do! I have sent numerous care packages in the past overseas to my husband & his friends. I also was able to donate three large boxes of food prior to our last move cross-country. It made the move easier on us to clear out the stock pile, and we were able to help lots of military families who are living paycheck to paycheck. Thank you to everyone here who contributes from their stock pile and doesn’t forget the families who serve our country. Before couponing, we were one of the families in need. Now, we are the ones helping. It feels great to know I can give back after so many generous people gave to us in our time of financial stress.

  41. Leigh says:

    I’ve been getting extra items for my best friend. She has a 22-month-old and just had her second baby yesterday. She only has three weeks of paid vacation saved up, so she will have 9 weeks of maternity leave where she will not have her income coming in. Her husband earns a decent amount, but he missed two days of work to be with her and the new baby, so his pay will be short this week.

    I have gotten free children’s toothpaste, toothbrushes, diaper rash ointment, baby wipes, etc. and given them to her. I got a great deal on diapers and gave them to her so she didn’t have to spend $40 on them (I paid $16). I also give her free toiletry and household items — trial size deodorants, lotions, etc.

  42. The Krazy Coupon Lady says:

    It’s been so satisfying to read how many or you are helping not only yourselves but others. Keep up the good work Krazy Coupon Ladies!!

  43. Stacia says:

    Every summer I gather a car-ful of school/classroom supplies and donate them to the less fortunate areas of my state. Then at Christmas, I put together “Santa Sacks”. My son & I fill them with tiny gifts, toiletries, and snacks. I am a single mom, so money can be tight at times, but I know there are way less fortunate people out there, and I want to instill in my son the greatness of good works. After this Christmas, I saw that I could just keep giving all year round by Extreme Couponing. I am amazed at how much free stuff (or for just pennies)I have stockpiled for donation in such a short time. The only thing I worry about now is having room for the car in the garage!:)

  44. Katie says:

    Great timing on this post! I just sent 2 priority mail boxes of expired coupons overseas today to an Air Force base in Germany where we have family stationed.

    I also this week dropped off a rubbermaid tub of kids clothes, shoes, tolietries, umbrella stroller and more that I got all from my stockpile to the relief effort in Alabama and Mississippi after the devastating tornadoes they had. A group called Community 2 Community is leading the effort for our southern neighbors and is organizing several drop off locations in SC.

    I really love being able to donate useful items to folks in my community. Pay it forward, some day you may need the help too!

  45. amy says:

    I recently spent a week at the hospital after my daughter had major surgery. Donating items to a childrens hospital will now be my charity of choice. The hospital had a shower for parents to use but no toiletries. I thought of all the items sitting in my stockpile that could help someone during a difficult time and it has changed me. I will still stockpile to help my family especially now with medical bills in excess of $80,000. but what a difference we can make when we consider someone else who may be having a hard time. You never know what a difference a single use of shampoo or laundry detergent might make for another person.

  46. Don’t forget: this Saturday is Stamp Out Hunger! Donating stock pile items has never been easier- just fill a bag (or 2) and put it out by your mailbox!

    • kriszta says:

      About this USPS pick up on saturday,
      can i give them toiletries too or just food/pantry items?
      The card says non perishable food items.
      The only thing i could really stocked up is pasta. i already gave away a box to family members and since i have a few more Qs i guess i can get a few more boxes and donate it on saturday.
      I haven’t found a great deal on any other food item yet.
      It is kind of hard to find cheap or free food.
      I just hope it will make it to the people who really need it.

      • Melissa says:

        I wondered that too. Since it is to “Stamp Out Hunger” I can only assume they want food items only. I checked their site and it says all of the same info. I too don’t have alot of items to donate just yet but will get some tomorrow!

        I am excited to see how much of an impact we “couponers” can make this year with the huge increase in the number of people who are using coupons and getting items for free or very low prices.

        Let’s help Stamp Out Hunger!!

        Saturday May 14th, leave a bag (or more) of non-perishable food by your mailbox and your letter carrier will pick it up and deliver it to local food banks.

        They need items like canned meats, fish, soup, veggies, bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice (that do not require refrigeration). No glass containers or expired items.

      • I know that Oregon Food Bank can handle personal Items. Put them in their own bag, if you would. I think it makes sorting easier.

        Your local food bank will be handling the donations, call them and ask…

  47. Karen says:

    I think donating is awesome, as soon as I get my stock pile up I will donate too. I don’t agree with all the complaing about shelf clearing. If someone is donating and not Hoarding then aren’t they just purchasing for others that don’t coupon or have the money? Why does all these blogs have to turn into hoarding or greed etc. This is about helping others.

  48. Jim says:

    I have a stockpile of KY Jelly that I couldn’t possibly use if I lived to be 500 and had 40 wives! Would it be appropriate to donate it to the victims of the Alabama tornadoes?

    • Jamie says:

      Hey Jim! You know who could use all that KY? Animal hospitals or animal shelters!! Much of the time it is used to insert thermometers or help pop anal glands. As long as it isn’t scented, it should work fine!!!

    • Jennifer M says:

      @ Jim,

      Ky jelly would also be considered a great medical supply! In coleman, just about every building was wiped out by the F5, and I know the Dr there is operating out of a tent and is desperate need of medical supplies, and often time, Ky is used for many exams. Other areas would be able to put it to good use too!

  49. Varina says:

    I’m a flight attendant so I collect all the shampoos and soaps from my layover hotels and donate them to a local women and children shelter as well as some of my stockpile items (razors, toothpastes, and deodorants)! It’s amazing how something so simple can make such a difference!

  50. Blizzieweis says:

    I coupon a lot for my husbands deploying unit. I am getting care packages ready :)

  51. cindy says:

    I don’t need a large stockpile, so I pass along my deals to two family members who are struggling financially. It is a way to help them get on their feet, especially as they don’t have the time to do the couponing and shopping themselves. If I find a deal on baby supplies, I give the items to a young family we know to help them stretch their dollars.

  52. Katie says:

    My absolute favorite thing about couponing is that it’s allowing me to spend less money than I used to AND help others at the same time. My little brother is going off to college next year and I’ve been collecting free men’s bodywash, shampoo, soap, deodorant, and non-perishables for him to take with him. We’ve also been donating frequently to a shelter and just dropped off a box of toothpaste, razors, and other toiletries that will be taken to Alabama on a truck tomorrow. We also have a big bag set to go out for the USPS food drive on Saturday.

  53. Kourtney says:

    Animal shelters need supplies too. Any cleaning supplies and paper towels are greatly needed. :)

  54. Nancy says:

    I learned years ago that I cannot outgive God. The more I give away, the more He sends my way. I’m just the “middle man.” God gives it to me in order for me to give it to someone else who needs it. Couponing has enabled me to send care packages to troops overseas with body wash, toothbrushes, toothpaste, Q-tips to clean the sand out of their ears, nuts, gum, etc. Couponing has allowed me to send boxes to Operation Christmas Child and donate food to the animal shelter. Our church food pantry provides groceries for 200+ families monthly, so couponing makes it possible to donate lots of non-perishables for those folks. For the tornado-hit areas, I’ve got several bags of toiletries ready to donate.
    “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

    • Elisabeth says:

      Nancy, I completely agree! God has enabled me to stay home with my kids (even though I am a single mother) and that has, in turn, enabled me to give to those in need by couponing! One of the main reasons I coupon!

  55. Jessica says:

    I donate a lot to food banks.
    PLUS, my favorite charity is Operation Christmas Child. I started a blog about how easy it is to find freebies/cheap items for these needy kids with coupons.
    It’s so fun to give back!

  56. Rachael says:

    I have already started donating part of my stockpile. As these charitable donations would count as tax deductions I would like to know how that works with coupons. Is the deduction based on what the organization values the items at? Do I need to keep receipts? I know it’s a bit of a detailed questions but I just wanted to know if you guys knew how that worked.

  57. kelly says:

    i only have a small stock pile since i just got started using coupons to stockpile about a month ago (before i only used coupons for the things we needed that week.) But this week i have been seeing lots of commercials about the food drive the mail carriers are doing this Saturday. i think this would be an easy way for all of us to give a grocery bag full of extras we have to those in need in our local community. i know i will personally be leaving a bag of pasta and other snacks for my mail carrier on Saturday!

  58. Lindsey Lu says:

    This is a great post!!! I started couponing to save myself a few bucks — got distracted and stopped. I just started again after the tragic tornadoes that ripped through my home, Alabama. I knew there were so many people in NEED! I figured if I could get this stuff for little to no cost they would use anything they could get. These people were left with nothing and it was heart breaking. I knew I could buy supplies or donate money but I wanted to make my money go farther so I started couponing and every Sunday I take my weeks worth of stuff to my church who delivers it to a community about 15 miles away that was wiped out by the tornadoes. I get everything I can even if I don’t know how they will use it — these people are rebuilding their lives, so yes they need those free glade candles!!! I have vowed to keep couponing even after the storm relief is done to save myself and my family money and also to donate as much as I can to my church’s food pantry. I have a huge heart and couponing has allowed me to give to others.

  59. Jim says:

    I think the homeless should get off their lazy butts and go dumpster diving!

    • Elisabeth says:

      @ Jim, lol. I’m with ya on the homeless going dumpster diving for coupons! love it! Hey, if we all do it…

      • Jim says:

        Exactly Elisabeth! They could cut out the coupons from the very newspapers they sleep on, don’t ya think?! :-)

  60. Carrie says:

    I am with you all in that it is frustrating to see people hoarding way way WAY more than they need of something, just because it was a great deal. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good deal as much as the next person… but getting 10 extra papers just for the coupons, and stockpiling on stuff that very likely will go bad before it is actually used… not a good idea in my opinion.
    The deals I like the best are those where I can get something I am already going to buy, and use 2 coupons to get it.
    When I realize I have a coupon for something that I am not going to buy, especially when I realize I have 4 of the same coupons for cereal that I won’t be using, I will either give the coupon to someone who is in the cereal isle, or I will leave the coupon there for someone to use, I have unloaded a LOT of coupons that way. Another thing I do, and just did this yesterday actually… when the catalina spits out a coupon for $$ off my next purchase of ?$ or more, and I know I will not be returning to that store and spending at least the required amount to get the deal (Jewel and Meijer do this mostly), I will either give the coupon to someone in line behind me, or I have been known to go through the store looking for someone who has kids and a full shopping cart, and hand it over. They look confused at first, but then seeing the appreciation on their faces… priceless.

    Another way to help others with coupons, military families are allowed to use coupons up to 6 months after they expire. I forget at the moment where to send these coupons, but I will look for it. Imagine the money that these families could save when they are able to combine offers and get the most out of them.

  61. Robin says:

    This is exactly why I got started couponing! I saw the TLC show and the food bank donation that “Mr. Coupon” was able to do and I decided “Hey,I can do that!” So in the 3 weeks I’ve been doing this I’ve donated over $3,000.00 of stuff that I didn’t pay a penny for! I’m having a blast and it’s just really great to help everyone out there that needs it. I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish!

  62. lauren says:

    I started couponing back in january. I’ve already donated food to the local animal shelter and resently dropped off a car tunk load to go to AL. I dont have alot of money but coupons make me able to help others. In the past I havent had the resouces to donante to others but with COUPONS I can. My life is forever changed just cause of coupons. thank you KCL

  63. trisha says:

    My mom is the president of missions for NE Ohio and we donate a lot!! They have been able to do care pkgs, diaper drives and toy give outs to local and national disasters and care packs for our troops. It is so nice to be able to see the boxes grow and to know that no one is out a ton of money esp in these hard times (mom taught the whole board and members how to coupon!!!)

  64. In 2008-2009 I donated to an emergency shelter for runaway teens. Their eyes bugged out that I was handing over 8 bottles of Herbal Essences and 6 bottles of Garnier Fructis – the tiny cupboard where they kept this stuff was all White Rain which had given some of them dry scalp or hair weakening/loss. They were down to half a box of generic wheat flakes for breakfast, and I was knocking into everyone with my 12 boxes of Kelloggs and 4 cannisters of Quaker Oats and 2 gallons of milk. Like…jaws dropped. On teenagers. Because I’d brought the brands they’d grown up with. I highly recommend having a little contact with the people you help if at all possible. It’ll give you great ideas for what you should throw in as “filler items” or what to do with expiring store bucks/RRs/+Ups when you don’t need anything for you and yours (hint: socks for the homeless).

    • WOOT!!!! I remember something like that happening when I was poor and aimless… it honestly changed the way I thought about the world. Someone had helped her and now she could help someone and, when the time came, it would be my turn.

      Now is your turn. That’s really touching.

  65. Kimberly says:

    My church has a homeless ministry and a ministry for women who need a place to stay. My coupon club donates food and supplies to them. We realized we were getting too much food (can you believe it) and decided we wanted to give out of what God has given. Isn’t that really what our lives are all about?! Not storing up stuff that we will never use in five years but giving so others can have and give as well. PASS IT ON!!!!

  66. Shelley says:

    Please don’t forget about the men and women who are oversea’s that could use toiletries. The men and women who are out in the field don’t have access to this. They can always use it along with baby wipes.

    • CINDY says:

      Please don’t forget the troops. I have two sons in the Army and couponing has helped keep them and their buddies fed and clean! They are always in need of body wash, razors, toothpaste and toothpaste. Not to mentions they love getting snack treats. I even had one of my sons and his friends request ravioli. Its easy to help out the ones who are serving us by visiting http://www.soldiersangels.org.

  67. Kristen says:

    I have started making care packages that I carry in my car in case I run into someone who is homeless. My heart goes out to them and feel funny giving money. Now, I stock my car with bags for him and her that contain: tooth paste, tooth brush, soap, shavers, lotions, pantie liners and Nature Valley granola bars. So simple.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Kristen, I LOVE this idea!! That way you know it gets the best use! I love your idea! Funny enough, I started carrying my pet freebies in the van because there are a lot of stray dogs in our community, I have given lots of stray dogs some lovely kitty treats! lol. But yea, your idea of carrying care packages with you is AWESOME!

    • I love this idea! I want to make it better for that person right there, but I won’t give money. Think about including information on any local shelters or places to get a free meal.


    • Stacu says:

      Kristen that is such a great Idea!! I know where I live I see the same men standing at the exit every time I go there about the same time one time I dropped off food and they didn’t appricate it at all but that is a great idea personal care items would be a great idea!!Sometimes they even have a dog with them I don’t use the pet coupons so that would go to good use!!! God bless you!!

  68. Suzy says:

    I am diagnosed “the krazy coupon lady” I only have a family of two meaning me and my 3yr son and I find tons of deals. I recently donated to the families in Alabama. It felt so good to be able to give them things that they really need like body wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes and so on. I couldn’t donate money but I’m sure they will be happy with the things I have donated.

  69. Chrisi says:

    I’ve just started couponing over the last month and am just beginning to get my own stockpile going. However, there are some deals I know I’ll never use but I can get for free. I realize there are people out there who could use these products, and do not have the access (maybe) to print online coupons, read these blogs, etc. I think it’s a great way to give back. I’ve contacted my local food bank and arranged a once a month drop off, unless I score something great that’s perisable, and the volunteers will meet me anytime :-)

  70. Tammy says:

    Everyone should give back to their community. I have been couponing for eight months and had built a modest stockpile. When the tornadoes hit my hometown in Alabama, some friends and I started extreme coupning to add to that stockpile. Everything was donated and driven straight to Alabama for the victims. I had three huge boxes of food, three boxes of toiletries, baby items, clothes, etc. I have been blessed and wanted to give back to my community. Everyone should pay if forward.

  71. My 13 yr old and i have started hygiene kits for the homeless-there is such a big need and i am happy to help also we are starting bags for foster children-

  72. jennifer h. says:

    I donate pretty much weekly to our local domestic violence shelter. Thank you for mentioning this!!

  73. kengie33 says:

    I got my Mom hooked on coupons and she had her own little stockpile going. Well in Feb during the ice storms here in Indiana…her house caught fire. They lost pretty much everything but the shell of the house. They stayed with us and we worked to put the house back together. During which I fed them and my family with MY stockpile. After they got back in their home I was able to replenish their fridge and cabinets. I have donated items to other local charities and troopons of course but to be able to help my Mom…that I have got to say felt pretty good!!!

  74. Hayey says:

    Hey there! I’m organizing a couponing trip to get items for the tornado victims and flooding victims in Alabama and Tennessee. I live in Tennessee and we had a major flood last year so I wanted to help in some way and figured this was the best way!!

  75. Jenna says:

    In addition to the suggestions above, don’t forget that our troops can use our support, too! They’d appreciate receiving the basics – soap, shampoo, toothpaste, deodorant, etc.

    • Darlene says:

      Not only do the troops appreciate the toiletry items they are also looking for items they can cook. I know of a group stationed with a German unit that is asking for things like the muffin mix packages and cans of soup to eat instead of what they are currently getting.

      So please keep the troops in mind when blessing others from our stock piles.

  76. Nicole says:

    This is one of the main reasons I started couponing a little over a month ago. My husband and I have always thought it was very important to give and we wanted to teach our children that lesson. We have always donated to charities, but when my husband lost his job a few months ago, I wasn’t sure how would be able to continue to do so. So I started couponing!! I was amazed at how quickly my stockpile has taken shape!! So now I get things for our family and we donate the rest!! My kids love it and so do I!!

  77. Kellie K says:

    Our military men and women are serving in extremely remote locations and are doing without some basic necessities because they don’t have access to a store to purchase things. One of the largest needs is personal hygiene items such as tampons. They’re not only used for our women soldiers but for first aid for bullet wounds. They also desperately need toiletry items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunblock, soap, deodorant, etc. They also request any small snacks or lightweight food items as well. In addition, small toys of any sort can be used to give to the local children who often warn our troops of impending danger. Please, please do what you can to donate. One charity that I support here in Florida is called Treats for Troops. You can find them on FB or on their website at http://www.treatsfortroops.info. They are 100% volunteer based with NO overhead. Every time I see an episode of Extreme Couponing it makes me sad to think that there are so many people who could use things that are collecting dust on someone’s shelves.

  78. Sara says:

    I use my couponing for good & not evil ;) and send all my extras to the troops in Afghanistan. I’m having a blast! It allows me to have a grand ol’ time scoring all these deals, but not having to worry about having a place to keep it all…plus I now have a new friend who’s serving our country.

    I was given my “adopted soldier” through http://www.adoptaussoldier.org/index.php & wrote all about my couponing for a cause at http://shorewood.patch.com/articles/from-the-shoreline-to-the-desert-sands :)

  79. Brittany says:

    I have donated to charities BUT my favorite is when I can help those I know. Just this week my sister in law and niece came over to “shop” to help them make it to payday. Heck after all I have the best prices in town free :)!

  80. Miriam says:

    @ Amanda,
    That’s wonderful. I’m from B’ham and couponing has really changed how stressed I am about money. Lots of details, but basically our house has Chinese drywall and we can’t live there…we just have to keep paying as if we did. So, needless to say money is very tight with four kids to support. With coupons and strategic shopping (and stockpiling), we aren’t as stressed about money as we were a year ago. When the tornadoes hit, I packed up about three boxes of toiletries, paper goods, and food. I then went shopping and even though I spent some money, I made that money go very far. So far, in fact, that two friends gave me money to use on their behalf to shop for the tornado survivors. I am also able to donate regularly to charity all because I can spend little to no money doing it.

    • Jennifer says:

      Miriam, I am glad to see a fellow Birmingham shopper here. I know, I work down near Pratt City, and it just breaks my heart everyday. The morning after the tornadoes (the big F4 out of Tuscaloosa literally picked up about 5 minutes before it got to my house, reformed just over my back yard and changed a little bit in direction and came back down over in Trafford as a F2 about 3 minutes later.) I know how close we came to losing everything too, and I have been couponing for over 2 years now and was able to take 2 large boxes to Scott’s school on arkadelphia rd and also help some people who I knew from work who were left with nothing. I feel like we are all in this, and I know how it felt being by Pratt with no power at work, all the food spoiled in the fridge, no water, and no way to get any food at the local resturants all day. We had no idea it was going to be so bad when we got it. I was literally driving through trees and power lines on the roads just to get there. I hope anyone who can continues to give because these people will be in need for some time.

  81. I love this aspect of couponing. I donate to a local charity that allows families who are moving from homelessnes into permananent house come “shop” for everything they need to set up their household. I have donated $500 worth of products so far this year. And my cost was FREE.

  82. Rhonda says:

    I love the fact that people are donating and helping others less fortunate than themselves. I had the privledge of running our local domestic violence program for eight years before deciding to leave to stay home with my kids. Donations such as these were always such a wonderful blessing to the clients we served. We not only provided all the food and personal care items clients needed residing at our shelter but also food baskets, cleaning supplie baskets, and mostly baby items to people struggling to leave the abuse and start over on their own. As a mother with three small children, two of which are still in diapers, I know how much those items costs. It breaks my heart to see babies going for hours without needed changes because their moms are having to ration their supplies…even detergent to clean the cloth diapers. Or victims and their children returning to unsafe homes to endure abuse because they cannot make it out on their own without help from the abuser. So with all that said I know there are some incredible deals out there this week on items including diapers…if you have the opportunity please donate it really does make a difference…you may even save a life!

    • Elisabeth says:

      Rhonda, I completely agree! I was once in an abusive situation. Was pregnant and had a 1 yr old and a 2 yr old, both in diapers! If it wasn’t for the help I received, I would have had to give up my unborn child for adoption. I am soooo grateful of all the help me and my babies received that I do everything to help others out in these situations. Thank God someone was there for me!

  83. Prue says:

    Shelf clearing has always been discouraged on KCL’s site, I’ve found that sometimes the store only has a couple of the items to begin with :( I don’t take the last of something even if there is only one when I get there.

    @Keri – Get the Rain Check, I know it’s hard because you have to come back or the coupon may expire but at least try to get it later! Keep up the couponing and keep strong you’ll get your stockpile going!

    If been helping a friend who has been out of work for several years and has health issues as well. Also my mother in-law who is on a fixed income. Both have been very apprecitive!

    I hope to be able to send some donation items soon as well, just started.

    Good luck everyone!

    May you find the shelves full, the store not busy and a helpful cashier!!!

  84. Angela says:

    I think this Saturday, May 14 is the Annual USPS food drive…it is going to be nice to put a big box of “stuff” out by the mailbox for this drive and know that I am helping our community and a family out..hope they can have the biggest drive this year with all us couponers doing our part :)

  85. Tracey says:

    I just gave a huge box to the school today. I have 6 children and my youngest has a rare liver disease. Our community has sent so much our way, that it felt so great to be able to take that box to them today and know that we were able to thank our friends and neighbors for being friends and neighbors. :o) My dream is to start making baskets to leave at the children’s hospital. When our daughter was diagnosed, we were sent to a hospital far away with nothing but the clothes on our back. We were there for days before we got showers and was able to wash our laundry. Luckily, the Ronald McDonald house could provide what we needed to get clean and have a place to sleep. I want to be able to let the families of kids know that they are cared about when their child is sick.

    • Courtney says:

      I have been taking my extra feminine care and hygeine items to the Ronald McDonald house in my area Women end up there, often times only a day or two after giving birth with few supplies. Yummy smelling bodywash, lotion and other goodies can make the stay slightly more bearable. We ended up in the NICU for a while after my daughter was born last winter with a blood clot in her lag that caused lots of damage and kind people made that time easier for us:)

  86. Kim says:

    I just dropped off 3 huge boxes of food and personal care items to the local food pantry and just picked up more toothbrushes, soap and Similac Baby Formula today to drop off. All were free today to me (only paid sales tax). Thank you so much for everything you do! I’ve been able to help out my own family and our community because of couponing. :)

  87. Kelli says:

    Thanks for this reminder. We’ve only been at this 5 months, but have already had to put up shelving to hold our excess items. What a joy it is to donate items to those in need.

    It’s a win/win because it is needed and it feels good to do it. Plus, getting stuff for free or next to free is so much fun! And a person really doesn’t need 50 tubes of toothpaste!

  88. Amanda says:

    I began couponing in February. Since then I have a pretty decent stockpile. I live in North Alabama. Less than 1/2 a mile from me in 2 directions has seen total devastation while we only lost shingles from the roof, a computer and the food that spoiled. It has been such a blessing to share my stockpile with people who lost so much. We made 2 trips to donate to the shelter at church.
    My daughter came home from school last Friday (their first day back since the tornadoes) and told me her teacher had lost everything. I gathered up some things, filled a big canvas bag and asked my daughter if she knew where she lived. She said “I’ve seen her last name on a mailbox Momma, I bet that’s her house”. We loaded up and headed to where what was left of her house (which is VERY little) sits. Fortunately she happened to be there. She was so greatful for the help she’s rec’d from so many people. It amazes me that all that was left of most of her street was the foundations that the houses were on. It is such a blessing that nobody died or was seriously injured there. On the way home my daughter said, “It feels really good to give people things doesn’t it Mom?”.
    I guess the bottom line is that couponing is really a blessing for our family and others as well.

  89. Staci says:

    Good afternoon everyone I have a daughter that works as a teacher for Life Skills. I have decided to start making her a tub with itmes I can get to help her children out many times they don’t have much at all. These teachers that teach life skills or emotional support buy things out of thier own pay and that isn’t much in some places. so I think I am going to start trying to make something up to start a program for this does anyone have any tips that would help me start this progress? I am brand new to couponging but I think that helping others and have a few things for us at home will be a huge help. I have an aunt that lives with us that has downs and she is going to help cut coupons out. Thanks for having such a great site and all the help you give everyone!!!!

  90. Keri says:

    While I beleive that everyone has great intentions on donating to charity. I am disapointed when I and my family of 4 living one only my income as a waitress, get to the store to find the great deals gone. We do get help with our energy bill but not on toiletry or household necessity items. So when you are couponing I only ask that you tink of those who will be trying to get the same fantastic deal you did but arrive at the store 15 minutes later than you and the self is now empty.

    • Kim says:

      Keri, why don’t you try and get rainchecks for the items that are out of stock? I’ve gone to the store countless times to find the items I need out of stock and all the stores in my area are more than happy to give me a raincheck. Sometimes it takes a week or two for the items to come back in stock, but I usually just check when I have to run to that store for my regular shopping anyways.

      • Monica says:

        Kim I agree with you. I know sometimes you feel bummed when you get there & the sales are gone. But most drugstores dont get many of the items to begin with usually 15 or so. I talked with my store mgr. & they suggested to just place an order with them. Kudos to the people whom are organized and going the moment they are on sale. I also just get rainchecks and just check back in a few weeks to give them time to get plenty of stock in. Sorry to those whom are frustrated when items are gone, but couponing is almost an extreme sport now you have to be on your toes!!

      • dropofrain says:

        I tried to get rainchecks at our stores but those items do not appear on the shelves until my coupons expire or RR are done. Just last March, I waited for Chinet plates for a month, checked the store regularly- and sure enough, on the very next day when both of my coupons expired, they mysteriously appeared in stock! Recent deal on Clean & Clear: both Walgreens stores’ shelves were cleared out by 1 pm on Sunday (Mother’s Day- had to take my mom out to eat :-)). I got a raincheck. Today we had a new shipment (once a week, on Thursday)- our stores didn’t get any body washes. Well, my coupon (I just have ONE) will expire on the 15th. This means next Thursday it wouldn’t really matter if the stores would get any of Clean & Clear in stock. Lately I seem to be having dilemma- should I skip church in the morning or go to Walgreens first? Sad…. I don’t even see a point of buying more newspapers because I can’t get any good deals now.

    • Clare says:

      I feel you- I had the same thought. I just wish that people would realize that by the time a “rain check” can be honored, my coupons are sometimes expired! I just think that always leaving one of something on the shelf is a nice gesture. However,to all the people who leave coupons they aren’t using on the shelf- thank you! You don’t know how much that helps out. But for me, making two trips to a store that I don’t ordinarily visit to try to get a fantastic deal just to find out the shelf has been cleared is very disappointing. My family doesn’t qualify for financial assistance, but stretching what we do have sometimes is really hard. Perhaps offering some of your freebies to a young family-who is trying to not be seen as “needy”- with a simple “I really just have too much” is a good thought. No tax cut, but I know I would really appreciate it.

    • Elisabeth says:

      Keri, I understand how you feel. I sympathize with you, but I must say that, just like everything else in life, it’s first come-first serve. I love donating! I donate like 90% of my stuff. I know it’s gonna come across as mean of me to say that but should I really let my coupons expire in my binder instead of picking out items for charity just because another couponer MAY have wanted the same item? Most of the time there is more stock in the back of the store anyways. The associate just has to get around to putting it out. I always hand out coupons to others who have that item already in their cart, I am not heartless, but I see no point of purposely letting the items sit on the shelf just for another couponer (who might even resell the items) to come in and get the rest. I know I will take the heat for this, but that’s just how I feel.

      Also, as others have mentioned, just get a rain check. Most of the time sales come out the week of the new coupons coming out. So there will be plenty of time before they expire. Sometimes a better deal will come along 2 weeks later and you will get an even better deal than the first sale. Ya never know. But seriously, life it too short to go around upset over this issue, isn’t it?

    • Toni says:

      I agree, Keri. It’s often mentioned as couponing common courtesy that we consider other couponers when we’re using multiple coupons. To that end, I would definitely let some coupons expire if using them would be discourteous to others. That’s not to say that if I want to use up some coupons and there are only 4 items left on the shelf, that I shouldn’t take them. But if I have, say, 20 or 30 coupons and product is limited, I would definitely want to leave some on the shelf for my fellow couponers. That’s my personal conviction (I realize others don’t all feel the same as I do.)

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  92. Erika says:

    Could you include all the donations made to food banks and churches when you file your federal taxes in April? If so, how does that work? I just started couponing and I keep hearing all these wonderful women and men donating most of there stockpiles for those in need. Thank you.

    • Courtney says:

      I’ve been wondering how this works too b/c I believe you can get a deduction, just not sure how to track it.

      • Erin says:

        I donate to my local food bank,they send you a letter for your taxes telling you how much your donation weighed. I don’t know how the shelters work I would just assume you keep track of the retail cost and what you paid till you do your taxes.

      • Heavydcleveland says:

        Erika and Courtney: All items that I either don’t use or that don’t go into my Birthday and/or Christmas boxes, I box up and take down to the City Mission here in Cleveland, OH. Last year I had tons of Blood Glucose Meters and the gent who’d taken in my boxes stated that people actually need those. I fill out the slip and they just hand me back a receipt. I also keep the receipts that I purchased the items with (just in case). I tell my accountant how much I’d spent and he does what he does, though I don’t think it makes a huge dent in my writeoffs.

      • Rebekah says:

        I work as a Tax Preparer so let me answer your question.
        Yes, anything you give to a charity is deductible, but it has to be a registered charitable organization, so helping out your friend or neighbor doesn’t really count.
        The amount that you would be able to deduct would be THE PRICE YOU PAID so if you get an item free and donate it, really there wouldn’t be anything to deduct there. If you only spend 10 cents then you would have a 10 cent deduction.
        If your deductions add up to more than $500 for the year, then there are extra forms that you would have to file with your tax return detailing exactly what the items were, when you purchased them and for how much, etc. Anything under $500 though is just a simple write-in of the number.
        I’m not trying to be a downer or anything but just don’t want people to be misinformed about how this could impact their taxes.

    • Jessica (Tax Accountant) says:

      Make sure that your donation is given to a registered Non-for-profit organization or it is not tax deductible donation. Make sure that you ALWAYS ALWAYS ask for a receipt. The organization usually does not give you a value, this is your job to keep track of the value of your donation. The IRS states that the deduction of the item is its value at the time of the donation. Value of an item is not necessarily the price you pay for that item.

      Example 1: Retail value of new toothpaste is $3.49, cost FREE + tax. I am donating 10 new tubes so my tax deduction is $34.90.

      Example 2: I buy a new shirt wear it once and decide it looked better on the skinny model in the store than on me and donate it to a woman’s shelter. Retail $32, cost $18, local second hand store $6, my tax deduction is $6.00

      Some states (including Idaho) have additional deductions if you donate to certain charities such as schools and children rehabilitation centers, check with your state. My tax savings enables me to give even more each year.

  93. Amanda says:

    I’ve found couponing is a great way to help animal shelters and rescues out as well. There are often coupons for cheap or free pet items that alot of couponers without pets would toss or not bother with. Shelters always need food, litter and cleaning products. Before coupoining I was really limited in the amount of help I could give but that has increased dramatically thanks to couponing.

  94. Rhonda says:

    I think it’s a great idea to donate where and when we can! My stockpile is modest but it’s just my husband and me at home and we have a tiny little apartment. However, I do keep an eye out for deals on things that family members may use. So far we’ve given my mother – who is disabled and on a very fixed income – several items for her own little stockpile and we’re gathering things to take to my mother-in-law as well. I think that’s one of the best perks of couponing – being able to just drop off neccessary items and say “they’re free” and really mean it. :)

  95. Nikki says:

    I agree Sara! I just started couponing as well, and it has changed everything! I already have stuff to donate and I have been coupon shopping for my older relatives so they can get in on the great deals as well! We were living paycheck to paycheck with no savings, but now we actually have money in our savings account! It’s just wonderful to feel secure and it is all because of couponing! Much love to the KCL girls and everyone cruising this site and lending their ideas! :)

  96. Robbie says:

    I plan to use my extras for Operation Christmas Child. My daughter and I usually make up a box and send to a needy child at Christmas. We send toothpaste, soap, body lotion and a treat. Years passed I would have to run to the store, but now I can just go to my stockpile and do a couple of boxes instead of one and give the extras to the church to put in boxes.

    • Sonya says:

      I have taken part in Operation Christmas Child and LOVE the whole process! Those Aquafresh toothbrushes and toothpaste will come in handy this fall. Also, I plan to organize a family outing to our local VA hospital and nursing homes with gift bags for vets. It will be our way of saying “thank you”.

      • rondi says:

        my husband’s grandfather spent three months in the hospice wing before he passed. You have NO idea how much those little care packages mean to the people there. So many don’t have the family and support that Grandpa had, and it really means everything to them, knowing that they still matter even after all these years, to complete strangers! You rock!!

  97. Nora says:

    A friend of mine has been sending care packages to soldiers abroad for a while. The soldiers often ask for personal hygiene items (deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, OTC meds, etc).
    Since these are often easy to get for free or very cheaply, I started giving her my extra items to include in these packages.

    • CINDY says:

      As the mother of 2 soldiers I know how much they appreciate receiving packages from home. My sons love that I can load them up on body washes, razors, soups and many other items. I have also adopted an additional soldier and send him a box every month too. If anyone wants to send packages to the troops or adopt a soldier check out http://www.soldiersangels.org. They are a wonderful organization that helps out wounded, deployed, and veterens.

    • Idy says:

      I have too! Just started couponing about 3 months ago and already have some tooth brushes and body wash I can give without hurting my pocket book!

  98. Sara says:

    A student at the school I work for recently lost everything she owned in an apartment fire. Luckily she wasn’t hurt, but she really lost everything. When I heard about it, I put together 2 big bags full of toiletries, snacks, etc. to help her out.

    My husband and I started couponing 5 months ago, and it has changed EVERYTHING!! It’s amazing how much we’re able to help others now. Just a few months before we started couponing, his parents had to buy groceries for us and our two little boys. (And we were both employed!) Since then, my husband lost his job, but we’re doing just fine and it’s all because of couponing!!

    I look forward to helping more people with our stockpile!

    Thanks so much KCLs for all that you do!!

    ~Sara :)

  99. So glad you posted this! I’ve recently started an organization called Coupons of Compassion. We take donated coupons and turn them into supplies for disaster relief. We are currently collecting coupons and purchasing supplies for those affected by the tornados in Alabama. Please, help us spread the word! It’s such an easy way for everyone to get involved in helping the many that are hurting.

    • Lori G. says:

      Just read about your organization on Krazy Coupon Lady. Please tell me what types of coupons you are looking for as I’d love to send some your way since I’m unable to actually purchase the items.

      Also, can you tell me perhaps how to start a similar group here in the Los Angeles area.

      This type of work would make a GREAT news story. I would contact your local news and newspapers for such a unique human interest story.

      • Hi Lori,
        I’m assuming that your question was for me. If you’ll visit our website http://www.Couponsofcompassion.org you can see what items we need for each specific project. We’re currently collecting hygiene, cleaning and baby supplies for AL Tornado relief. Any coupons for that effort, and future ones would be greatly appreciated.

        We’d love to be in contact with you in setting up a chapter where you are. Right now we’re working on getting “drop off” locations throughout Florida and Louisiana. That should be all set within the next two weeks. If you’d like to talk more about partnering with us you can contact us via email any time – CouponsofCompassion@gmail.com

    • rondi says:

      how funny this was just posted, I was actually posting on my FB last night that since I have enough of certain staple items, I’m going to start donating things when I can get them really cheap or free. There is just no reason not to. I really hope that as people get better at couponing, SO many people started clipping after the TLC show aired, that they start to donate as well. I’m sending my husband to pick up some colgate toothbrushes and toothpaste that cost all of .04 cents each tomorrow. I have about ten coupons of each, so I’ll be donating most of those to the women’s shelter here. Great post KCL!!!

  100. Shelby says:

    I think it is so awesome what you and others are doing…

    My aunts have a Charity here in South Florida that we donate all the items we get for free that we don’t use. Her charity is called Caring4Kidz and they help underpriveleged children and families that are without. If you know anyone looking to donate to a charity in the South Florida area please let us know!!

    • Zoraida says:

      Hi Shelby,

      I live in South Florida myself and would love to help. I do not have a big stock pile since its been just a month or 2 that I have been couponing and I have a big family, but I would love to help. I have been looking for a charity to assist with, either volunteering or giving what I can. Let me know :)

      • Dottie Williams says:

        Hi Zoraida,

        I am one of the aunts shes referring too….look up caring 4 kidz on facebook you can contact us through there…thank you so very much….

    • lori says:

      I love donating. My mom taught me and I taught mine and now teaching grandchildren. I start taking them with me when they are very young. Took my 4 yr old grandaughter to a nursing home to hand out teddybears. She LOVED it and now has a frame of reference when we talk about helping others. My most recent project is donating to children that are “aging out” of foster care and are basically homeless; staying wherever “couch surfing”. Hygiene products are hard to come by for them.

      • Shelby says:

        Hey Zoraida!
        I am so glad that you have an iterest in our Charity. We work so hard to get the kidz what they need =) We have golf tournaments, bowling tournaments, bake sales, etc. During the holidays we adopt families and during the summer we have events so that any child who is wihtout on the first day of school will have everything he or she possibly needs! You can also contact us at CARING4KIDZINC@AOL.COM We look forward to hearing from you!

        Thank you again!