One of the very coolest things about using coupons (besides saving crazy amounts of money on groceries) is being able to give back and donate to charity. I’m sure those of you who have an abundant stockpile built up probably already donate a lot to local food banks and shelters, and hopefully those of you who are just learning to use coupons will continue that trend.
One of my favorite organizations is Operation Christmas Child (OCC), which I’m sure lots of you have heard of. OCC sends shoeboxes filled with toys, candy, & toiletries to kids in need around the world. Although it may seem like just a small thing, he impact these boxes have on so many children who literally have nothing is life-changing.
Last year Princess and I filled 10 boxes, and this year, with a little help from Trouble too, our goal is to do 15. We truly hope you will join us! It is a great project to do with your kids–you can even track your boxes to see where they end up–and it is also a fun personal challenge to see how many boxes you can fill using coupons.
National collection week is November 14-21. There are drop-off locations all over the country, so click this link to find one near you. Many of these locations also provide free boxes that you can use to fill!
Here are some ideas for things to fill your box:
- Small toys, puzzles, & games (look for clearance deals or save McDonalds Happy Meal toys)
- Candy (no chocolate–Halloween is a great time to find super candy deals!)
- Clothing (look for post-summer clearance deals on t-shirts & tank tops right now!)
- Stuffed animals
- Toothpaste & toothbrushes (free almost every week with coupons)
- Deodorant (often free with coupons)
- Bar soap
- Gum (often free with coupons)
- Crayons, markers, pens & pencils
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The holiday season will be here before we know it, and sometimes it is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of it all that we forget about what’s really important. I want to encourage you all to give some thought now, before it all gets so crazy, to ways you can make a difference this year.
I hope you will commit to doing at least one box, or, if OCC isn’t for you, then commit to giving back in some other way, big or small this year. Leave a comment below to share your commitment to do something & on November 21st I will pick to lucky winners to each receive $50 of FREE product coupons, including:
- FREE Kidfresh Products
- FREE Fast Fixin or Fast Classics product
- FREE Steak-EZE Product
- FREE Freschetta Product
- FREE Cool Juice Products
- FREE Udi’s Gluten Free Products
- FREE Keebler Products
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