Extreme Giving: 10 Kids Back to School only $16 Each
What is Extreme Giving? I truly believe couponing is an amazing gift as it allows us to give back in ways we might not have been able to do so before. You may not have $100 in your pocket but you can go to your stockpile and give to a neighbor in need. Extreme Giving is just that.
I love back to school season simply because it is so easy to load up on great deals. Our church sends 1,000 kids back to school each year with backpacks filled with school supplies. This year, our family sponsored 10 of those children. We chose 1st grade boys because my son is also in the 1st grade. He helped me buy 10 backpacks and also enough supplies for 10 kids (which is a TON of supplies by the way...40 boxes of crayons alone).
So, the question is, how? Easy. I printed coupons, price matched back to school ads at Walmart, used Staples Rewards and picked up hot deals here and there. It was a bit easier for me since I do post the hot deals on here each day. But, I actually bought for all of the kids in about 2 weeks or less. Yes, I'm a procrastinator. If I were smart, I would have taken a few weeks and got the price even lower but I like the rush. Anyway, the biggest savings was in price matching. The bottles of glue were only $.01 each, which is huge since I was buying 20 bottles.
The most expensive part were the backpacks at $9 each. My son picked out Mario, Star Wars and Cars 2, all of which are a must-have at this age.
All in all, we sent 10 kids back to school for $160 or $16 each after coupons and sales. Why am I telling you this? Because you can do it too. It is SO easy to pick up an extra pack of crayons or some markers while shopping and pass them along to a local school or a family in need. It's also easy to grab an extra can of veggies or fruit and give that to a shelter, food bank or even your next door neighbor who is hurting right now.
We love to give and coupons just make it that much easier. Beyond that, it is so awesome to teach our children what it means to give. And, one day, he will teach his children too.
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