Because they don’t tell you everything on reality television we are here to reveal the secrets of Extreme Couponing.
I have always had a strong opinion about couponing for charity but I tend to keep it to myself to avoid conflict. I hate contention! But based on the comments I read in this post last week I thought it might be time to share my opinion and open this subject up for discussion.
Say no to shelf clearing in the name of charity.
I think that it is very noble to give of your sustenance to help other people in this world. I believe that if you have extra items in your coupon stockpile it is wonderful to give them to others in need. Heck, that is one of the reasons I love couponing. I love having an abundance and being able to share it with others.
What I do not believe in is clearing the shelves in the name of charity. Some people go from store to store clearing out the deals to take the free items to the local shelter or food pantry. The reason I have a problem with this is because there are people who are couponing to survive. People who use coupons to keep their family off of welfare. People who use coupons to keep their homes from going into foreclosure. When the shelves are empty of the good deals these people are robbed of their ability to remain self sufficient.
I want you to give to charity.
It is all about keeping things in moderation. Just like we never recommend shelf clearing for your personal stockpile building we do not recommend it for giving to charity. So similarly we recommend stockpiling at a moderate pace, coupon for charity at a moderate place. When you see a fab deal on free deodorant grab a few extra to donate, but be sure you are leaving some behind for others. You can also call your store ahead of time and place and order so that you are not taking away for the product orders for the sale.
Now when I say discussion I mean respectful discussion. Remember I said I hate contention. I do not want to see any fighting in the comments, but I want to know your thoughts. What you have seen, what you have done, tips and tricks you have learned along the way. God bless those of you that donate your time, talents and stockpiles to charity, but let’s also remember the fellow couponer who just might be couponing to survive.