Couponing for a Cause – Summer Project

So I have started couponing. Not in an Extreme Couponing kind of way, but just trying to shave a few bucks off the shopping bill each week. I also love free stuff. Of course I’m always on the look out for stuff for my little girl but I decided to give myself a little project for the summer.

I have decided to collect items to donate to Treats for Troops care packages (by the way, they really need financial contributions right now). If I can get it free, or for a few cents, I’ll pick it up and add it to the bag. I’ve also been taking advantage of freebies and product promotions online to hopefully add to the collection.

The coupons I don’t use or when they expire I’ll be sending them to military families stationed overseas. Out there they are accepted up to six months past the expiration date. Looking at one envelope to be sent out a month.

So far:

  • Reach floss – free
  • Carefree panty liners (2) – $.50 each
  • Ivory soap, 3pk – free
  • Black Flag Fly Paper – free
  • Degree Deodorant for Men (4) – $.44-$.50 for each
  • Right Guard Men’s Deodorant for Men (2) – free
  • Preparation H Totables Wipes – free (actually made $2 off this one)
  • Gillette Fusion Proglide – free, internet giveaway
  • ZONE Perfect Sweet & Salty bar – free, internet giveaway
  • Degree for Women deodorant – sample
  • Suave for Women deodorant – free
  • Sampler pack of Nescafe Taster’s Choice Instant Coffee – free, internet giveaway
  • Bic Ballpoint Pens 10pk (2) – free
  • Paper Mate 10pk (2) – 1 free, 1 $.27
  • Aquafresh Extreme Clean travel size – $.27
  • Crest Pro Health Toothpaste and Mouthwash travel size – free, internet giveaway
  • Hello cards, pack of 5 – free
  • Soyjoy Bar – free, internet giveaway

8/8/11: Well, the summer is coming to an end and MacDill ESC will be having it’s first meeting back for the fall tomorrow night. I ended up with three gallon baggies of items, primarily free through coupons and sales or giveaway items. Each bag has cash and a thank you note to service members included in it for Treats for Troops to use. I can’t wait to see how much MacDill ESC collected as a group, I hope it is a good amount. I’ll be taking all the items to Treats for Troops soon and hopefully I’ll be able to make some blanks cards for service members to use to write home before I deliver everything.


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