Passionate Giving


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Over the last few years our family has committed to donate more frequently to our church's food pantry.  In the spring of 2009 our church gave out $100 in cash to 100 members of the church as Kingdom Assignments, asking us to “grow it” for God's kingdom.  Well, when my husband came home with the $100, I almost strangled him (I could see work in my future!)  I then changed my attitude :-), and we prayed about what to do.  After lots of ideas, couponing that $100 was what we knew worked best for us, because it was something we already knew how to do, and we were pretty impressed with the results.


My husband and kids helped clip a few coupons (and we printed coupons on every printer we could find!), and after six weeks we ended up with almost $700 worth of groceries for $100.  (We based the price on Walmart pricing, because it just seemed unfair to use Publix full prices as a real price, even though that's where I did almost all of the couponing!  I think I estimated the cereal at around $2.50, and spaghetti sauce around $1, etc.)  The day the kids and I stuffed our car full of those bargains (and made LOTS of loads into church!), we were so excited!

Since then, we've chosen to spend $3-$5 of our weekly grocery budget on items to donate, and while it isn't much, it's something small we can do.   I try to think of different places to donate odd items – medicine goes on mission trips, food and toiletries head to our church's food pantry, cleaners are taken to my daughter's preschool program, and we even have a local group home that will take frozen or refrigerated food when there are bargains on those items.


Each week on Passionate Penny Pincher we'll highlight great donation deals at your favorite stores.  I'd love for you to check them out, and join me in sharing a few fabulous finds with someone in need!





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  1. Cynthia M Wilson says

    Love this!

  2. Where are some places in Madison that I can donate toiletries? With a little one and another on the way, the trek to Huntsville (downtown rescue mission, manna house) is more challenging. Do you know of drop off points for these ministries in Madison area? Rescue mission has yet to answer my calls 🙁

  3. I love this! One of my main goals of couponing has always been to donate, either by using coupons to purchase items to donate or keeping a running total of the money I’ve saved and use at least a portion of that towards charitable donations.

  4. Lori Ewart says

    Just found this through a Money Saving Mom link. Since we moved to Mo. and left very good jobs, our income is a pittance compared to what we used to make. In spite of t his, God has led us to help in several ministries that need food cooked and served, food donations, and clothing. It seems like I find good deals and stockpile the exact items needed shortly before we find out what we are supposed to make for these ministries. .I I love the concept behind your blog. Blessings as you continue in your Passionate Penny Pinching and know that you are not alone in this endeavor

  5. Awesome post! Community and helping others can empower and inspire.

  6. Great read with many helpful tips. Thank you

  7. Pat Leverich says

    Please take me off your texting list. Too many texts. Can’t find an Unsubscribe button.

    • Hi Pat!

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  8. Kathy Klooster says

    Thank you to you and your family for giving to missions. It is so cool that you have a heart for missions! As a family that has been involved in mission work for almost 20 years I just want to give y’all a BIG Thank You!

  9. Denise M Johnson says

    looking for info on your coupons

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