I remember all the months I spent there, and how my head wasn't quite screwed on straight. I remember my skin getting so dry it peeled. Looking back I think, why didn't I just go buy some lotion at WalMart? The answer is because simple things like that didn't enter my mind--it was too full with life and death, medication schedules, and doctor's visits. Occasionally very kind people would bring in loads of donations. The donations varied, but usually consisted of things like body wash, deodorant, kid's pajamas, coloring books and crayons, baby diapers and wipes, shampoo, etc.
Along with my couponing sister, I decided to use stores' sales and coupons to stock up on items that will help other families who have the lights on but no one home. This week I scored six large bottles of men's bodywash for $.46 a piece! I spent $2.76 and will help up to six families.
I encourage you all to do the same...spend a little, but give a lot. You many not live near a RMH, but there are other charities that would gladly take your donations. Think of local children's hospitals, churches, food banks, or homeless shelters. With that in mind, here are a few tips for couponing!
*Use the internet to look for sales, and then look for coupons on those items (this is how I scored the $.46 body wash).
*Use sites like The Krazy Coupon Lady to do all the hard work for you. They list the store, what's on sale that week, and what coupons are available for those items. Another site like this is Coupon Diva.
*Some of the best stores to get great deals (at least where I live) are Publix, CVS, and Walgreens. They all have their sales ads online.
*Buy a Sunday paper. They have the BEST coupons.