Be a Blessing: January 2009

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 2/08/2009 05:00:00 AM | | 2 comments »

It's Sunday; I'm crazy busy getting my three kids ready for Mass and trying to find a few minutes to throw on some lipstick.

All kidding aside, Sunday is a day for God, for family, and for giving whatever you can to those in need.

One of the best parts of couponing is the extra stuff you get for pennies or free. Some of what I get, I genuinely need here for our family.

But there are *many* items I get with those *silly* coupons that I simply give away. I share with my family and donate extras to our local food pantry. The need at your local food pantry is always great, but even more so in these tough economic times.

I want to share some of what I've given away or donated this month; this is what I pulled out of my little stockpile box at the end of January. The end of the month is a great time to assess what you have in your stockpile and pull out the extras you can do without.

This bunch of goodies went to my dear brother-in-law, Uncle Meatball (my kids' nickname for him):

He's a great guy and I'm always happy to share some extras with him.

And this bunch of goodies went to the food pantry basket in the lobby of my church:

Did you find ways to share your extras with others this month? Leave a comment and let us know! If you have a post about your charitable donations, leave a link to it in your comment.

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  1. Suzanne // February 9, 2009 7:25 AM  

    This is one of my favorite things about couponing. I just started seriously using coupons at the beginning of this year, and have already saved hundreds of dollars for my family. But, I am also happy that I have donated several items at my church for the local food bank. It is fun for me to scour the stores and ads for free or cheap-o items to give away to someone in need!

  2. Marianne Thomas // February 9, 2009 11:12 AM  

    Suzanne: It's definitely one of the benefits of couponing; not only do you get to save serious cash for your family, you can help others in need.

    Thanks for commenting!