I have tried to make this post shorter and I can’t so you have to read it all.
As you know, I am big on helping local community and believe we all have a responsibility to help when we can. I think as parents, we have a responsibility to teach our children that there are many that are less fortunate than us. I take my boys to volunteer with me on certain projects. They coupon with me in the stores and this last holiday season we were able to donate over 100+ of food and toiletries to the Arvada Food Bank.
I have been participating in the Champions for Kids month SIMPLE Service projects over the last two months and March’s project is Couponing for Good sponsored by All You magazine. (Remember that I was in the actual All You magazine in December?) You all know how near and dear couponing is to my heart so doing this months project had me kicking up my heels!
Last month I made a plea for you to join in on the monthly projects. Well, the plea on my personal facebook page elicited the help of five of my friends and one of those friends recruited three of her friends! And one of her friends got her dentist to donate toothpaste, toothbrushes and floss!
A big huge thank you to Jennifer W. (her three friends and her friend’s dentist), Andrea L., Natalie W. and her2 year old son, Caleb, Brooke C. and my bf!
I made a decision to make this month’s donation to Family Tree. Family Tree is an organization that has many different branches such as a runaway shelter, a thrift store, a women and children’s crisis center. And they offer the only women’s crisis center in Jefferson County, Colorado – which happens to be the third biggest county in the state!
Knowing that I could easily double my money using coupons I vowed to spend $100 personally. Well, my boyfriend doubled that and gave me $100 cash to spend.
I then went to you, my steadfast and ever-supportive fans, and I posted a question on facebook asking how I should spread that; if I should give to more people, or give more to just a few people. Ie Should I give 10 baskets worth $10 each to 10 people or two baskets worth $50 to two people…. The vote was unanimously in favor of touching more people.
When I reached out to The Family Tree I was connected with the Director of the program and when I hung up with her I felt like I was the lucky one. Anyhoo, she explained their different programs to me and decided that it would be best for me to make the donation to the women and children’s crisis center. The women and children’s crisis center is a short-term facility where women and children go for help. They house the families in an undisclosed location – I have to deliver the donation to their corporate office – and they can hold around 20 families. Some women have children, some don’t. Some have babies, some have teens.
And the part that hits me the hardest is that…. some flee in the night leaving everything behind. They need toiletries, shampoo, deodorant…
See!! I am the lucky one to be given the opportunity to gather up support and give to these women and children.
With all of this I armed myself with my list, my coupons, a light heart and a bounce in my step I headed to Walmart with a goal not to spend more than $1 on any one item. I was determined to give them as much as I possibly could.
Colgate had toothbrushes and toothpaste for $.94 as you can see. I had coupons for $.75 off. Since my Walmart doesn’t double coupons, these toothpastes and toothbrushes were only $.19 each. See how far you can stretch that dollar when use a coupon!? Now you can either use that remaining $.75 to buy more $.19 toothbrushes or buy something else!
Sometimes items can be cheaper without a coupon. This hand sanitizer is a perfect example. There is a $1/1 3-pack of Purell sanitizers which would drop that price down to $2.77, but you also get much less liquid too. The $.88 cent big bottle of hand sanitizer is a much better deal in this case.
When I stepped up to the checkout with my cart I believed that I had spent far more than $200, but I needed to buy everything in my cart. I had to. And trust me when I tell you that I wasn’t sweating at checkout because I thought I spent more than $200, but because unloading all of those items was a workout! The checkout lady asked me if I was donating to a team.
You can see my entire shopping trip prices included, our beautiful weather, local firetrucks, and so on in my #AllYouCFK Google + album.
So imagine my surprise when my total came $161!! In this total were a few higher priced items for me like a bottle of Tilex for me, a 12-pack of Diet Coke, sour cream, a box of cereal, cat treats and a cat toy.
I only spent $134 on all of this. 10 shampoo, 10 conditioner, 10 deodorants, 10 emergency kits, 10 nail polishes, 15 toothpastes, 15 toothbrushes, 10 hand sanitizers, 10 bars of soap, 10 tubes of Carmex, 7 bottles of kid 3-in-1 wash, 10 bubble baths, 8 bottles of bubbles, 12 travel packs of kleenex, 500 cotton swabs, 2 bags of army men, 10 packs of sidewalk chalk, 10 shower loofah poofy things, 10 full size bottles of lotion, 10 bottles of travel size hairspray, 15 cans of Play-Doh, 12 razors, 3 cans of shaving cream………. and I’ve probably forgotten a few things!
I cannot wait to put these bags together, get the donations my friends have and finally make the delivery of this awesome project. Delivery will be posted in a few weeks.
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Disclosure: This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are my own. #CBias