The Wonderful thing about….

Coupons!  So, I won’t pretend that I am completely altruistic.  I began using coupons because I came across a blog detailing–in regular people terms–how to pair coupons with sales and get some great deals.  I had seen on the news and such people who supposedly feed their family on $.01 or other crazy scenarios, and I always thought there was a gimmick.  Then I came across some money-saving blogs and began to realize that there are a lot of things that you can get for free (or really close to free) by using coupons and sales.
Anyway, since I began, I have also seen another side of couponing–people misusing coupons, giving false info to get discounts, HUGE ridiculous stock-piles, getting freebies to sell in yardsales, etc.  The bad feelings this gave me personally was almost a huge turnoff for me.  But, I am able to get good quality and name-brand things for much less by using coupons.
And, here is a great reason to use coupons:

Last week, my family and I visited Grace Now Food Pantry  in Richmond, KY where we will soon begin volunteering.  Because of using coupons, we were able to take all the items you see pictured for donations.  If purchased at retail, these items would have cost $224.  I don’t have the inclination to look up on the receipts exactly what I spent on all of these things, but I can tell you with certainty it was nowhere NEAR $224.  We could never have afforded all of these things without using coupons and sales.  Some items I got for free (tax only), and my best guess is that I paid around $20-$30.  Even at the dollar store, I could never have stretched $30 this far.
We have also given some things to my mom’s Relay for Life team which she has auctioned off and will use for prize baskets in games as well. 
Yay for coupons :)

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