Caring Through Couponing: Help Homeless Students By Sharing Stockpiled Goods With Local Public Schools!

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Calling all couponers! For this weeks Caring Through Couponing post, I wanted to discuss another great place couponed goods, especially the myriad of free items we purchase annually, that we have in excess can go to public schools homeless student initiate programs.

Did you know that the Federal Mckinney-Vento Act requires that every school district in the United States have a homeless liaison to assist with the enrollment of homeless students. Many times these liaisons also help families with things such as school supplies, personal hygiene items, and household items like laundry and dish soap. Everyday school guidance counselors, aid workers, and educators become aware as to just how many students face the atrocities of homelessness on a daily basis! As many families are helped with transitional housing and placement, many still need the toiletries, food, and clothing that couponers often have in abundance.

Everyday items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, bar of soap, and free sample packets of toiletries and bagged food, delivered in the mail, can help give those in need. We all especially need to help young students, by giving them the hand-up approach they need to achieve academic excellence. Also consider the needs of young ladies who may be without hygienic necessities, and so the free, small pouches of sanitary products we often receive in the mail, often coming in fun, cute accessories, are perfect donation items as well

Helping homeless students is vital. According to the National Education Association, homeless students are twice as likely to drop out of middle and high school aged academic programs, as their house counterparts; it only makes sense to note that academics would take a backseat to one’s home life and living situation, as children often feel emotionally responsible for the pitfalls of their families, parents, and siblings. Also, please remember that School district staff, especially teachers, often donate out of their own pocketbooks to help families and students such as these—pocketbooks that weren’t overflowing to begin with.

Consider calling your local school district, and finding out areas, and schools, that need your stockpiled couponed goods and freebies today!

As the African proverb states, “it takes a village to raise a child,” and in our case couponers can help raise the spirits of those children as well.

Here’s to Caring Through Couponing!

 

 

 

Caring Through Couponing: Feeding America Food Banks!

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Calling all couponers! For today’s Caring Through Couponing post, we will be discussing a topic very near and dear to my heart, hunger in America. According to the United Way, 1 in 6 children will go to bed hungry in this country each night, and a staggering and sobering figure for many of us to imagine! As couponers however, we have a means to aid in this ongoing and persistent struggle, our food stockpiles! As Spring is upcom up, and many couponers, like myself, are cleaning up, rotating food in our cabinets, and needing a place for soon-to-be-expired foods to go, I have a solution for you! Consider donating your dry and canned goods to the Feed America directory of local food banks nationwide!

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 For those who may not know, each year the Feeding America network, of member food banks, distributes, non-profit, and church-based groups, help deliver over three billion pounds of food and grocery products to hungry and needy Americans in communities across the country. Food banks routinely handle products deemed close-to-code, out of code with extended shelf-life recommendations, off spec, discontinued, seasonal, promotional, overage, etc., and so couponed food, which is often bought in bulk, is perfect for this project!

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If you are interested in donating, be sure to check out their national registry of  local food banks, to find one in your area, as well as to check out their Product Donations section, to see which foods can be accepted!

As a child, my parents often made frequent trips to food banks monthly, to help me understand the necessity of giving bank; my mother often regarded giving food to charity as “the rent we pay to God, for being able to live in his world.”  This is a tradition that I have continued in my own family as well. What’s even better is that as a couponer, we are all in an even better place to give free or nearly-free products to food banks as well!

In the words of Mother Theresa, “charity begins at home.”

Here’s to Caring Through Couponing!

 

Caring Through Couponing: Troopons®!

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Hello again, savvy savers! In this weeks post for Caring Through Couponing, I am again dedicating the topic to solving a huge problem most couponers have, what to do with expired paper and printed coupons.

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As you know, here at The Lady Prefers To Save, we donate coupons to those who may be able to use them, and this week I wanted to spotlight another fabulous coupon exchange program for troops, called Troopons®! Troopons® is a program where expired coupons can be mailed into the program, and they are in turn sent to military families, both domestic and stationed abroad.

The premise of the program is that military families are able to use expired coupons, up to 6 months past expiration dates, your expired coupons can easily help relieve the financial burden many military families face, keep more paper out of landfills, and helps get the word out about this effortless way to support our troops.

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Another great aspect of the program is that they do not ask for any monetary compensation when sending in your coupons as you would directly to a base or community, but rather coupons are sent directly to the soldiers and their families, through drop-box volunteers; this ensures everyone gets a fair amount of quality coupons.

Here’s how you can get started as well:

1) Click here to find a location, closest to you, to mail your coupons.

2) Make sure you are sending coupons; they do not accept store coupons.

3) Make sure all coupons being sent are clipped out individually.

4) You should packaged in sandwich or quart-size plastic bags

5) You are asked not to send any vouchers nor restaurant coupons

6) Be sure to separate coupons into food, non-food, baby, and pet baggies.

7) Coupons can be mailed to:
Support Our Troops®
P.O. Box 70
Daytona Beach, FL 32115-0070

6) Before you send coupons, read this page! Procedures are important!

Here’s to Caring Through Couponing!

Caring Through Couponing: Coups For Troops!

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Hello again, savvy savers! I am starting a new series on my blog called Caring Through Couponing, and I wanted to dedicate the first post in this series to solving a huge problem most couponers have, what to do with expired paper and printed coupons.

Here at The Lady Prefers To Save, we donate coupons to Coups For Troops! Coups For Troops is a program where expired coupons can be mailed into the program, and they are in turn sent to military families, both domestic and stationed abroad. The premise of the program is that military families are able to use expired coupons, up to 6 months past expiration dates, your expired coupons can easily help relieve the financial burdon many military families face, keep more paper out of landfills, and helps get the word out about this effortless way to support our troops.

Another great aspect of the program is that they do not ask for any monetary compensation when sending in your coupons as you would directly to a base or community, but rather coupons are sent directly to the soldiers and their families, through drop-box volunteers; this ensures everyone gets a fair amount of quality coupons. As of the Summer of 2013, Coups for Troops have sent and received coupons to close to 750 families, in over ten countries, on a regular basis.

Here’s how you can get started as well:

1) Click here to find a location, closest to you, to mail your coupons.

2) You can also choose to be matched with an overseas family and send your coupons directly to that family. This saves lots of time and creates more efficiency.

3) Also, be sure and spread the word about Coups For Troops and our cause. We have ready-to-print flyers for you to post in your area.

4) For those go-getting, coupon-clipping heroes out there, you can also host a collection box in your area. Use a box with a lid, cut a slit in the top, print one of our flyers, and post your box at one of the suggested places above. Collect the coupons about once a month, organize them, and send them to military families.

5) Be consistent in your donations. Remember that coupons come and go, as does the commitment and drive some have in continued giving, but remember that the commitment of soldiers who strive daily and diligently in the ongoing task of protecting our freedoms, is without end; there will be a need for care packages overseas.

6) Before you send coupons, read this page! Procedures are important!

Thank you all for giving!
Here’s to Caring Through Couponing!