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There are no coupon inserts this weekend, however you can head over to www.StephanieSavings.net to print the best and latest coupons by using the Coupon Database.

For most people there is always a better feeling when you give versus when you receive something. However, with the economy and busy lives, it isn’t always possible. At least that’s what a lot of us have in our minds already. I am guilty of this myself. I always have things ready to donate, whether it’s free items I collected on the last day of a sale or just random things around the house. My problem is too often it sits around and doesn’t get used when expected. So, to help get these items donated quicker, I have set up and labeled boxes that the items get thrown into right away. For example: baby items go into a  box for the new center in Lima called Guiding Light, and I have one for Heartbeat. The next step is taking the boxes to their destinations every few weeks or sooner if the boxes are full. I only get donation items on the last day of the store sale because I want to be sure another couponer wasn’t in need of those items.

You can donate certain things to certain places. Baby items are always needed at pregnancy crisis centers. Food items are great for your local food pantry. Back-to-school items can be dropped off in donation bins located at various stores or just send extra stuff to your child’s school. Clothes can be given to Salvation Army, Goodwill, thrift stores, or to whomever needs them. There are so many ways to help out others. It doesn’t cost as much as it seems, and it takes time and effort that’s added to busy schedules, but it is so worth it!

You’ll want to watch for certain things that have been going on with couponing. There is no need to pay for items at garage sales, small markets, online Facebook sales, etc. that were purchased with coupons. You can learn how to do this yourself and avoid paying. There are always cans of formula on the Facebook Mom to Mom sales. Sometimes these are simply left-over formulas that the parents bought that the baby can no longer use and therefore they are selling it to get their money back. Formula isn’t cheap. However, be careful not to purchase “samples” that someone received in the mail. This does not cost that person anything!

There is no need to pay for samples or formula coupons. You can sign up for the same stuff yourself and get the same thing. If you get formula samples you don’t use, you can always donate them. If you get formula coupons and checks in the mail, you can donate those or wait for a good sale, use them, and then donate the formula. There are so many ways to help people and you don’t have to take stuff to certain places. If you get free stuff you can post that on the Facebook online sale pages. Take stuff to work and leave it in the break room for people to take. People may be in need of items that you weren’t aware of. It could make someone’s day and put a smile on their face!

What’s new:

There is a new section at Stephanie’s Savings that shows what you can do with some of the couponing items. Some items are things you can get by couponing, while others are not, but it shows a great alternative if you’re not able to find a great deal on a needed item that week. Check out the page called “Homemade.” Also the “Beginner’s Scenarios” are back!

Deals to check out:

Cleaning and household item deals at CVS. On Glade products, you’ll earn a $10 extrabuck when you spend $25. Remember, the $25 is the pre-coupon price. So use your Glade coupons to bring your total below $25. You can also earn a $5 extrabuck when you purchase $15 worth of Scrubbing Bubbles and Windex products. There are several deals on make-up, baby products and personal care items this week.

Back-to-school deals are still going on. Deals are posted at www.StephanieSavings.net. To access everything mentioned in this article, click on “My Lima News Column” and you will be directed on where you need to go from there and have access to several free samples, online deals, in-store deals, and if you’re new to couponing try following the Beginner Scenarios. They are small hands-on lessons to help you learn on your own and start you off slow. If you don’t see it send me an email at StephanieSavings@hotmail.com with the subject “Coupon deals” and I’ll email you the information.

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