If you’ve been couponing for even a short time, you know how easy it is to get cheap, if not free food. And if you’re like me, you have a well-stocked — ok, overflowing — food pantry. You’ve told yourself you don’t need one more food item.
Then, it comes. A really great sale on stuff you use. You start having the urge to buy more and convince yourself that what you have in your closet isn’t really enough:
“Mac & Cheese is on sale and my supply will run out in three months. I should really buy some more.”
“What if I run out of salad dressing in the next six months? I’ll have to (gulp) pay for it.”
You know. It’s the moment that crazy creeps in. The panic that comes from the mere thought of paying Winco prices for cereal.
When this happens the only thing that snaps me back to reality is giving a bunch of it away, reminding me how fortunate I am that I have the time, energy and support to do something I really enjoy doing — couponing.
So here’s our challenge — the Frugal Living NW “Give It Away” Challenge. It’s our reminder that couponing and deal hunting can be about more than filling ourselves with lots of stuff. It should be about meeting our needs and giving to others.
The challenge has two components. You can choose one or both:
1. Spend the next week going through your food & household stockpile and pull a bunch of stuff to give away.
2. Do the Kraft Rebate Promo at Albertsons and — get ready… you know it’s coming — give the entire transaction away.
Right now, food banks are flooded by people needing food due to job loss or other emergency situation and the shelves are clearing quickly. In fact, the Camp Withycombe Food Pantry (the Oregon National Guard Base in Clackamas) is bare right now. Close to 2,700 soldiers from Camp Withycombe were deployed to Iraq in the spring, leaving thousands of families without one adult income-earner in the home. The Food Pantry helps make ends meet for many of these people left in the Pacific Northwest.
They have an urgent need for the following items:
- Hamburger Helper
- boxed potatoes
- pasta (spaghetti, lasagna, etc)
- pasta sauce
- Stove Top Dressing
- salad dressing
- peanut butter
- tuna fish
- condiments (ketchup, mayo, mustard, relish)
- powdered & canned milk
- cake mix & frosting
- mac & cheese
Obviously, any non-perishable and household items will be gratefully accepted.
Here’s how to accept our “Give It Away” Challenge:
1. Leave a comment with your name and to what organization you are going to donate — Camp Withycombe, another food bank or an unemployed friend or neighbor.
2. Email a picture of your donation to frugal living online @ gmail.com (remove the spaces). We will post as many reader’s pictures as possible over the next week.
If you choose to give to the Camp Withycombe Food Pantry, you can drop your donation off during business hours in the lobby of Damascus Community Church or email us and to arrange a time & place to pick it up.
Are you ready to accept the Challenge? Leave a comment!
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