Couponing for a Cause: Say No to Shelf Clearing
Say No to Shelf Clearing in the Name of Charity
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! However, after some thought, I feel it is time to share my opinion and open this subject up for discussion.
First off, I think that it is very noble to give off 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 that 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.
Couponing for a Cause Done Right
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, just as we recommend stockpiling at a moderate pace, we also recommend couponing for charity at a moderate pace.
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 an order so that you are not taking away from the product that’s on the shelves.
How do you feel about couponing for charity?
I do not want to see any fighting in the comments, but I want to know your thoughts. How do you feel about couponing for a cause? Have you seen any cleared shelves before or other unethical couponing behavior?
Finally, I want to thank 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.
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