Are you a passionate couponer looking for a way to give back? Are you ready to clear out your stockpile of extra toothpaste and deodorant? If so, you may want to consider using your savvy saving skills to donate items or cash to worthwhile causes.
Perhaps the easiest method of couponing for charity is through item donation. This is where expert savers can really show off their talents for a good cause. If your recent shopping trip left you with a stockpile of non-perishable items, consider donating your extras to a local food bank, shelter or family in need. Manufacturer coupons commonly feature shelf stable food, personal care and household goods, all of which would be welcomed with gratitude by local organizations. Team up with fellow couponers or create a challenge among friends, colleagues or neighbors. Before you start, identify a recipient and inquire about their needs to make the most of your time and efforts.
But you don’t have to be an “extreme couponer” to make a difference. Another way to “pay it forward” is through SavingStar, a popular savings app that lets you earn cash back on grocery purchases by submitting a picture of your receipt. Once you reach $5 in savings, you choose a preferred payout method, giving you the option to transfer the funds to your bank or PayPal account. You can also choose to donate your payout to the selected charity, American Forests, to help plant trees.
No matter what type of donation method you choose, remember to coupon responsibly. Clever shoppers know the importance of adhering to the rules of the coupon and avoid clearing the shelves to allow everyone to take advantage of the savings.