While many of us are struggling to make ends meet and get ahead financially, we all have an extrememly valuable skill — knowing how to find a bargain. And most of us have the time and resources to seek these deals out. Unfortunately, not everyone around us has the skills, time and resources to save money.
I know, sounds weird. But do you realize how much access to transportation plays a part in getting deals? And how living in a functioning home or having an adult available to go shopping allows us to “get the deals”?
As I’ve pondered about what it really takes to coupon and follow the deals, I’ve realized that not everyone can do this. You need access to transportation, time to shop a few stores, the energy to research (not to mention access to a computer, a printer and the internet), and the stability to be able to focus on something other than your family’s survival.
I’ve been struck by the awesome opportunity I have to serve and bless people living in less-than-ideal circumstances. And I can serve them by doing something that I love doing — scoring deals.
I have been dreaming for over a year about ways the Frugal Living NW community can use our skills to serve children and teachers in our area in need of school supplies. I am so excited that my dream has finally become a reality!
I am thrilled to announce that I have teamed up with the folks at Fred Meyer to bring you the Fill-A-Backpack Campaign.
Fred Meyer has given me a $150 Fred Meyer gift card and a challenge to see how much school supply goodness I can cram into five backpacks shopping Fred Meyer’s Price Blaster items (Fred Meyer’s super sale school supply items). In three weeks, I will drop the backpacks off at my local Fred Meyer School Supply Drive collection bin and the supplies will be donated to The Salvation Army.
I would love for each of you to participate in the Fill-A-Backpack Campaign along with me!
Will you consider buying a backpack and using your mad deal hunting skills to fill it with school supplies? And because we all love a good challenge that is followed with the possibility of a reward, Fred Meyer is sponsoring a giveaway for those who participate!
Just take your filled backpack to your local Fred Meyer’s school supply drive donation bin and then fill out the form on the Fill-A-Backpack giveaway page (do not enter by commenting on this post). On August 20, entries will close and we will randomly select four readers to win a $50 Fred Meyer gift card!
We would also love it if you all could snap a picture of you (and your family) dropping off your donation at your local Fred Meyer and post it on the Frugal Living NW Facebook page. It will be so much fun to see how all of you are using your shopping skills to serve others in our community.
I’m just giddy thinking about the parents who won’t have to choose between buying school supplies or paying the rent. And the children who won’t show up at school this fall, yet again, without the things every other kid has in their backpacks. And the teachers who won’t have to buy supplies out of their own pockets to make sure every child in their classroom is prepared to learn.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s post where I will be showing off my first Price Blaster shopping trip (it was HUGE)!
Fred Meyer stores in the Portland Metro area are collecting school supplies for Schoolhouse Supplies. Stores in other parts of Oregon are collecting supplies for The Salvation Army. Please check with your local store to inquire about specific donation details.
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