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It’s Better to Give…

So, I’ll occasionally post pictures of my shopping trips to show you all how FUN couponing can be – and what GREAT deals we can get. And it’s so true – there is an adrenaline rush when I get $100 worth of groceries for $2, or whatever the case may be.

But that is not what this picture is about.

I’m showing you this picture because I want you to know that there’s an even more compelling reason to coupon. There is something so much MORE FUN than just getting good deals…And that is giving to others.

Our church sent out a family to the mission field of Togo, West Africa about five years ago. They are coming home on furlough this summer, and we’re preparing their rental home for their arrival. So, when our church family was called upon to donate items for their return…

I shopped my stockpile!

I can’t tell you how fun and rewarding it is to be able to walk down to my basement and pull items off the shelves that I know will bless others.

To be honest, I’m not sure how much these items cost all together over the months I’ve collected them. But my best guess at retail value is about $140. And the only items that I bought this past week were the Reynolds Wrap foil and the Old Orchard juice, which cost approximately $3.34 after coupons. Not bad when this stuff will fill a few cupboards for our special family!

I can vividly remember just a few years ago, when our budget was in the negative every month and the thought of donating $5 would make me sweat. I wanted to give but was afraid of going further in the red. (Obviously, this was before we found Dave Ramsey, or at least before his principles had helped drag us out of the mire of debt. This was also before I had learned to be a savvy shopper.)

I’m so thankful to be in a position now to be able to give!

God wasn’t joking when He said, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35)! 🙂


  1. WOW! Sweet give! I find that BIG blue IKEA bags are perfect for toting these kinds of gifts!!!

  2. Your act of love will not go unrewarded. Even in our current financial status, I love to give. Sometimes we give until it hurts, but we always get an abundance in return. God is good. God is faithful. He will never forget you and your generosity. Loveyou!

  3. Nancy Lanning

    July 7, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    What a beautiful testimony! God will richly reward you for your generosity to the saints. What an example you are for all of us! Love you sweetie

  4. I totally agree! I have been continuing my coupon craze that I started in May and I love it!! (Copying you has saved me sooo much money.) I love buying things for free that I don’t need, but I know I will be able to donate to something in the future. I’m glad you are able to bless others by using your resources so wisely.

  5. What a fun way to serve God! I am so glad you and Luke are working to use your resources for God’s glory. It is wonderful being part of a family that is part of the family of God. Thanks for encouraging others to give with your testimony.

  6. This is SO neat! As one living overseas, I drool at the pictures of the apple juice and mac & cheese with which you’re about to bless this family! Ooh, and the Stove Top. 🙂 We actually could theoretically buy these things here in Ecuador, but the juice is about $5 a bottle, and mac & cheese (some strange American off-brand) is about $2 a box or more. They’re going to be SO happy; thanks for showing another great thing about being so thrifty! 🙂

  7. You go girl! I really enjoy checking your blog to see the deals you’re getting! I love it when you post pics too!

  8. Great job! Good work helping get the mission house ready. At our church the older saints help get the house ready but we all donate food and household items. I love shopping from my stock too. We don’t eat much processed food but we do in moderation so w/ the free stove top or boxed potatoes deals a while back I buy it and only keep a few for my fam and donate the rest! what a blessing to give and good work teaching others. One of my friends who I taught is now the biggest advocate and is teaching even more people at our church! Yay for making God’s money go even farther!

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