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Friday, April 23, 2010

Freely Giving Friday: How Beautiful Couponing Can Truly Be

Go HERE for an explanation of what Freely Giving Friday is all about!

Most of you know that one of the main reasons my husband and I coupon is so that we can give more away to others. Even though we have very little in the eyes of many, we feel that we have been abundantly blessed. Couponing has enabled us to give in a way we never imagined possible.

I wanted to share a reader's testimony that I received in an e-mail a while back. I thought it would inspire you. It's so amazing what an impact coupons can have on other people in our lives. I will keep the reader's name anonymous, since this is pretty personal...
"I just wanted to say thank you, Meagan! Without your blog, my family wouldn't eat as well as we do...I would never have the time to pick through the ads and coupons in order to find the very best deals...I would constantly worry about our next grocery trip breaking us...I wouldn't have a stockpile to live off of if needed.

BUT MOST OF ALL...I wouldn't have been able to help a dear friend today. You see, I heard that her mom hadn't bought groceries for a few weeks in a row.. I also heard that she didn't even have $4 to buy a few newspapers this weekend. She works very hard, full time, for minimum wage. She lost her husband a few years ago, which led to financial distress beyond belief.

Yes, times are hard for everyone. But the fact that some of us have a stockpile of food and others of us can't even afford coupons, is quite saddening. I was able to bring her about $50-$75 worth of food and toiletries and it didn't even put a dent in my stockpile. I'm so blessed with so many things in this life. It is by God's grace alone that we could help a friend today. Please, I ask that you post a segment to urge other couponers to try and help just one person that they know in need. Can you imagine the possiblities that will open up? Good Luck, and God Bless!"
That, my friends, shows us all just how beautiful couponing can truly be. I beg you to follow in this reader's example and use your couponing skills, freebie items, and stockpiles to bless others! It is such a joy!

Thank you so much to the reader who shared her story with me. Very touching.

You can go here to see previous Freely Giving Friday posts.

What About You: Do you have any stories about how couponing has enabled you to give more to others? If so, feel free to comment below! Or e-mail me with your story, and I will use it as a guest post on the next Freely Giving Friday!

Photo Credit: Deeble on Flickr



Blogger Rose Atwater said...

That is such a touching story! I *love* being able to bless others because of how blessed we are!

April 24, 2010 at 4:48 PM  
Anonymous Kimberly M said...

Such a touching story...I'm learning now so I can be able to not only be a good steward over what God is giving my family (even with me not having a job right now) but to be able to help others!!!


April 26, 2010 at 5:39 PM  
Blogger ALB said...

About a month ago a girl that I work with lost EVERYTHING in an apartment fire. I raided my stockpile of toiletries the next day and was able to donate at least $40 worth of toiletries to her. And like the story in your post, it didn't even put a dent in my stockpile. I was so happy she was able to benefit from all of my stockpiling!

April 26, 2010 at 10:05 PM  

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