Coupons for the Community

This blog is for showing the goods gotten for free (or really cheap) using coupons that were provided by friends and family. These goods are then distributed to people in our community to whom I feel God has called me to serve for one reason or another. I am not a writer of any sort, a super couponer, or a very good blogger. I am just a child of God trying to follow what I believe He has called me to do. Whatever God has put on my heart on a certain day is what comes out in a post, so I hope it makes some sense and is not offensive or scrambled. If it is, it is only because I am a work in progress. Love to all, In His Name.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"She watches over the affairs of her household..." (Proverbs 31:27a)

Ah, yes, the "Proverbs 31" woman. All Christian women strive to be her, but the road map of life always has too many hills... and those hills turn into mountains before we know it. We don't know how to balance our lives. Often times we take on too much, don't we? I looked up some characteristics of the Proverbs 31 woman:

1. Shares the love of Christ by extending her hands to help the poor and opening her hands to those in need.

2. Nurtures the next generation, shaping and molding the children who will one day define who we are as a community.
3. Is a faithful steward of the time and money God has entrusted to her.
4. Speaks with wisdom and instruction as she encourages others and develops godly friendships.
5. Pursues an ongoing , personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
6. Loves, honors, and greatly enriches the life of her husband, encouraging and supporting his leadership.

I knew before looking these characteristics up that I have been neglecting my family a little due to this ministry. And I am blessed because they have never said a word to me about it. But after prayer and godly counsel on how to reorganize this ministry in an attempt to cater to the needs of all while finding balance in my own life, I now feel a huge sense of relief at a possible solution. I like to look at it as taking a step back, but then taking a step forward in a different direction. Allow me to explain.

Before this ministry began, I got between five and eight set of coupons from friends and family and I got plenty of stuff for free, above and beyond what my family needed. When I shopped, I shopped, but I didn't feel obligated to shop for every deal in town. If I didn't make it to a store, it was no big deal. I gave free stuff away and it was wonderful. I would like to have that kind of stress-free living again.

HOWEVER, so many more people know how to super coupon now and I LOVE to answer questions or find out the answer if I don't know, so I plan to still hold 3 classes a year (summer, fall, spring), at no cost of course, since people keep asking when the next class will be. And because people learn and get addicted to shopping for free (not a bad habit, I'd say - see #3 above) we need coupons! So, we will keep up the coupon donations at our church. Then we can have them readily available to everyone in one little crate and anyone can come and cut a coupon when they need it to get a steal of a deal! If you need four of a coupon to get something free, come cut four if they are there. We can all help one another post deals, as well as transactions (how we carried the deal out exactly) if we have time to post, saving others time.

Then, and most importantly, PLEASE bring your extra freebies to the church if you are not using them! We will find a good home for them! The hardest part of this change will be trusting that those in need will be provided for some other way, but my hope is that if more people have access to the coupons, then maybe this is the way the ministry can grow. God is faithful and He WILL work out the details.

So the picture here is my first shopping trip with this new mindset. Amanda did all the brain-work (thank you, friend!) and told me what coupons to cut, where to get them, and what transactions to do. I went and did the deals and made $12 at Walgreens! My favorite cashier, Charlotte, helped and I was in and out in no time at all. (Please pray for Charlotte who has been low-energy after being sick a few weeks ago.) I am posting the deal/transaction (even though nobody reads this blog but Amanda and I) because my BSF is done and the boys are asleep!

But the BEST part of all... I didn't feel like it was the end of the world when my baby spit up all over me yesterday. Then today, I read 10 books to my 3 year old son and just PLAYED with him. I wasn't constantly saying, "Hold on, Luke." or "In a minute, Luke." The card that my husband left for me on the counter "just because" telling me how much he loved me has been on the front of my mind and I can't wait until the four of us are together. But there is a fifth in the room. He is my Lord. He is my Jesus. I have an ongoing, personal relationship with Him and if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go spend time with Him right now.

Look at for location of coupons.

Transaction 1:

Do Contact, Colgate, 3 Mentos, Chestal (coupon/peelie on the box), 2 Purex = $15 out of pocket (oop), get back $6 RR, $3.50 RR, $1 RR, will also make $6 after rebate

Transaction 2:
Do the same but may not have 2 more Purex coupons because from Denver paper. If that is the case don't get Purex and, oop = $11, get back $6rr, $3.50 RR

So pay $26 oop BUT really you get 20 in RR, mail in $6 rebate, make $12 at Wags by the end of it all!!!!!!

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