Times are tough these days, and money is tight. I know that's true for many, many people.
I wrote before about the importance of volunteering, and doing good deeds, but I know that not everyone has the time or the right opportunities to volunteer.
I've also written several times that I'm a big fan of using coupons to save money.
You can combine those things - the desire to help out and a willingness to use coupons - and end up with a way to help those that are less fortunate without it costing you too much money.
There are a lot of coupons I utilize for things my family uses or eats. This works out great for stretching our budget just a little further.
But there are also coupons for things that my family doesn't use. And while we may not have a need for those items, I know for sure there are people who do.
Recently, I started focusing on formula. Cause let's be honest, I cannot bear the thought of a baby going hungry. I don't even want to imagine that.
I chose to breastfeed, which I think is awesome, but for babies in need, that's probably not an option. Since I am on all the new mom mailing lists, I make a point to use all those formula coupons I get.
And with those, I've been able to purchase this (and more!):
The local children's home is especfially
(yes, I really did just write that. I was thinking especially or specifically, and came up with that craziness)
near and dear to our hearts, so that's where we chose to donate the formula. But I know that the local food bank, or any sort of charity that helps women and children would be able to use formula as well.
I also find that I'm able to get lots of personal products - think toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, etc - for pretty cheap when I match sales and coupons, and I like to donate any extras that I'm able to pick up. I'll have to show a picture of that next time!
What ways do you volunteer, donate, get involved, give back? Maybe we could find some new ideas in the comments!