Monday, March 12, 2012

Couponing For Good- How I got to use coupons and my skills in the kitchen to help kids in need #AllYouCFK #ChampionsForKids

Hi guys! I am really excited to tell you what I’ve been up to the past week or so. I had a really great opportunity come my way, one that would allow me to save some money by putting everyday coupons to use, and it would allow me to help a local charity that supports kids.

This opportunity was part of a campaign for Champions For Kids, a great organization whose goal is to “improve the lives of children in communities across America and beyond.”  I was given the task to use coupons that I could find online, in the paper, and from ALL YOU magazine to save money on my purchases, and donate items to a local charity of my choice. Any time I get an opportunity to give back to those in need makes me feel really awesome, so I knew I really wanted to participate in this campaign, and do it in a unique way.

Reading through the March issue of All You, I saw this coupon and ad that caught my eye and gave me an idea for how I wanted to give back to kids in need.
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I decided to use the money I saved using coupons to grocery shop, to purchase a few extra items so that I could make some delicious treats and sell them. All the proceeds I got would go to the local Community Food Bank, and hopefully help their Backpack Program, a program that sends kids home on the weekends with backpacks full of food so that they and their family don’t have to worry about going hungry. 

This was taken directly from the Feeding America site.
“Across the country, teachers and school nurses have found that in some instances, Monday morning comes and they are forced to compete against hunger for the attention of their students. More than 18 million children qualify for free or reduced price meals through the National School Lunch Program, the fuel that they need to get them through the week. What happens to these children when they go home over the weekend?
For more than 15 years, the Feeding America BackPack Program has been helping children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need over the course of the weekend. Today, bags of food assembled at more than 150 local food banks are distributed at the end of the week to nearly 230,000 children every year.” 
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As most of you know, me being a DIY-er, means I love saving money and stretching a dollar any way I can. But I bet you didn’t know that a $1 donation to my local Community Food Bank enables them to purchase $8 worth of food. Now THAT is stretching a dollar!
On a recent trip to Walmart, I took some of the coupons from our Sunday paper, some from online, and some from All You and went shopping. 
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I was able to save around $15.00 shopping with coupons this trip, only spending $48 on things for our family.  I put the money I saved towards purchasing things I would need to make treats to sell.  I’m not always the best at saving money when I grocery shop, but I totally rock in the kitchen, and know that people would love my bake sell treats.  Hopefully once they saw how delicious the treats are, they’d be all for donating to the Community Food Bank.  I’ll be following up with a post on what I made, and how well the donations went. So be sure to come back.

If you’d like to get involved or learn about more ideas on how to help in your own community you should head over to Champions For Kids and see how you can make a difference too.  You can also check out Champions For Kids on Facebook, and on Twitter.

I also had a ton of pictures from my shopping trip, and from my marathon baking session last week, that you can check out on my Google+ album.

And I’d love it if you’d join me for a special Twitter party on THURSDAY March 15, 9:00 PM EST. You can RSVP HERE for a chance to win prizes, and follow along with the Hashtag: #AllYouCFK.

This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. #CBias But the ideas and opinions were my own.


Faith and Family Reviews said...

This is a great idea - a way to save money and put your baking skills to work for charity too!

Beeb said...

What a great idea to have your own "Bake sale"!

Sarah @ Sarah's Deals said...

What a unique way to make the most of your money for charity!