Every Sunday, I sit on the sofa with a cup of tea and my blankie, and I read the newspaper. Arguably the best part of the Sunday paper, after the triple sudoku, of course, are the sales ads. Most weeks, tucked between the Kohl’s ad and the Best Buy circular are a couple of packets of coupons. The hubby and I don’t use 80% of the products in the coupons. It seems a shame to throw all those savings in the recycle bin each week.
So for the last two weeks I have clipped the coupons with the biggest savings. Monday after work, I furtively slunk around Walmart, affixing the collected coupons to their respective products. All in all, I left $30 worth of savings opportunities in my wake. Hopefully, my simple little coupon operation will be a welcome surprise to some unexpecting shoppers.
In the future, I’ll be sending my unwanted coupons to our troops overseas, who can use them in the base commissaries even after they have expired. Support Our Troops® has a coupons for the troops program, Troopons®, that simply asks me (and you!) to cut out the coupons, sort them into expired or unexpired, then sort both groups into four main categories before bagging them up and mailing them to the program headquarters for distribution. I’ve seen for myself how much young military families living overseas appreciate these coupons. If you have unwanted coupons and a little extra time, click here to find out how you can get involved with Troopons®.
In an attempt to overwrite all the negative feelings I have about April, I have made a pledge to complete 26 random acts of kindness this month. Reporting on these acts is the theme of my participation in this year’s April A to Z Challenge. If what you read here inspires you to commit your own RAoKs this month, please share what you’ve done in the comments. Together, we can rewrite April’s legacy!
If you’d like to check out how some other bloggers are responding to the A to Z Challenge, click here. Beware, there are 2279 participants…I accept no responsibility for the hours you are likely to lose once you start browsing! 🙂
April 2, 2014 at 9:20 PM
Oh, what a great idea! I no longer get a Sunday paper, however. (I never read it, so it was kind of a pointless expense.)
April 3, 2014 at 9:57 PM
I clip (and remember to use once I’m at the store) enough coupons on Sunday to pay for the paper each weekend. Don’t think I could support a daily-paper habit, though!
April 3, 2014 at 8:19 PM
I have wanted to get into couponing lately but haven’t made the leap from idea to task. Is it hard to get started? I love your idea of Random Acts of Kindness month. Such a sweet idea. I know it will mean a lot to those you RAK. 🙂
April 3, 2014 at 10:02 PM
I certainly don’t qualify as a full-fledged coupon-er. I only get one Sunday paper and only occasionally remember to look for coupons online–so yes, at my level, it’s easy to get started and stick with it. I truly admire those hard-core coupon folks who save so much that they practically get paid by the store once they get to the register! I regularly save enough each week to recoup the cost of the newspaper, so it’s all good. 🙂
April 6, 2014 at 11:49 PM
I took up couponing three years ago and have really come to see the savings. I’m like you, every Sunday, I’m on the couch in PJs, reading and clipping. It takes some time, but It’s worth it to me. I’m popping in from the A-Z. Come visit me, if you’d like: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Adventures-in-the-Ballpark-Marianne-Ball/394038163950377?ref=hl