Extreme couponing has become the newest craze however; I often compare extremecouponing shows to hoarding shows. Now donot get me wrong, there are a few good tips and tricks on these shows. It doeshowever bother me to see a person clear an entire shelf of salad dressing intoa shopping cart with one swoop of an arm. I could be wrong in thinking that purchasing 62 bottles of saladdressing constitutes some form of food hoarding. Maybe a three-person household can actually consume that much saladdressing before the expiration date?
I think the part thatbothers me the most about bulk purchasing with coupons is that I do not see manycouponers donating to food pantries. Nowwhy is that? I understand the need tohave a personal family pantry, a go-to stash of perishables and an even biggerstash of non-perishables. I have apantry of my own at home, a very balanced pantry accounted for by numbers andexpiration dates. I know that my family will consume what is in my pantry beforethose food items expire. My oneexception to the non-food hoarding rule is when I have a coupon for an itemthat will make that item free (after store sale and coupon). I do use these coupons to acquire as muchproduct as allowed by store policy, and in turn donate these products to localfood pantries. I firmly believe that “sharingis caring” and I do know that some of Cape Cod’s local pantries are in need ofassistance. What I donate may not bemuch, but I feel good knowing I made a contribution that will help someone else’sfamily.
This brings me to the original point of this article. There is a newly piloted group on Cape Codnamed “Cape Clippers Coupon Swap”. CapeClippers is made up of a bunch of coupon clipping gals who clip coupons to notonly save money for themselves, but also help our US overseas military savemoney! In addition, Cape Clippers is inthe early stages of working out local family food pantry donations that areacquired via Cape Clippers talented couponing skills.
Currently, Cape Clippers Coupon Swap is looking for coupondonations from local vendors who sell Sunday Newspapers. Now here is the neat part: Overseas military personnel can use coupons well past their expirationdate! So for every store that donatesleft over coupons from the Sunday newspaper, Cape Clippers reserves apercentage of acquired coupons (per donating store) to send to our overseasmilitary personnel! The more couponsCape Clippers acquires via donations, the more they can send overseas. Not only that, but additional coupondonations will help Cape Clippers secure food items for donations to local foodpantries!
Currently Cape Clippers Coupon Swap operates via a Facebookpage. Drop on by, visit the page and wish them goodluck on their mission to help save money, and help others save money throughtheir coupon and pantry donations! If bychance you or someone you know would like to donate coupons, please [email protected] (You could alsoclick “like” if you want to join the group on Facebook too)!