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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

A Time to Give - September 3

If you're new to this feature, you can read the original A Time to Give post HERE.

Since it's the beginning of the month, this is the perfect time to talk about an easy way to give while supporting our military families who are stationed overseas. If you're a couponer like me, you probably hate to throw away/recycle your expired coupons at the end of each month. I always feel like I'm throwing away money!

Instead of tossing my unused coupons, I contacted Toni from The Happy Housewife. She paired me with a military family who is stationed overseas. These families can use expired coupons up to six months past the expiration dates.

At the beginning of each month, I clear all of the expired coupons out of my coupon binder. I put them all in a flat rate box from the post office, and I send them off to the family I am paired with. I recently received a note from Jessica (who gets my coupons). She said that she keeps the ones that she's sure she'll use, and she shares the ones that she knows she doesn't need. Perfect! I know that all of my coupon clipping was not done in vain.

I truly appreciate our military families, and I want to support them. This is just one way that I can do that.

Now it's your turn to share your ideas for sharing, giving, and being generous.

You can participate in a couple of ways. If you're a blogger, write a post about a way that you've been able to give. It can be something simple or something out-of-the-ordinary that you did. It can be something from this week or from last year. Don't think of it as bragging... It's a way to encourage others to take action and be more generous! A few guidelines for bloggers:
  • Please add a link to Saving and Giving so that your readers can find everyone's ideas all in one place.
  • Make sure the link that you add here takes people directly to your A Time to Give post, not the main page of your blog. To do that, publish your post, view your blog, right click on the title, and copy the shortcut. Then paste that shortcut in as your URL here.
  • Bloggers who link to other posts or their main pages will have their links removed. This eliminates confusion for others who are looking for ideas on how to give.
  • Please do not link to giveaways, contests, or ads.
  • Feel free to use the image above in your post. It's not mandatory, but you're welcome to it!

If you're not a blogger, you can participate too! Simply click the comments link below this post, and leave your ideas there. I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions about A Time to Give, please feel free to contact me at I look forward to being inspired by your ideas on giving! And stop back each Thursday for a new edition of A Time to Give.


Andrea @ The Train to Crazy said...

Interesting idea! I'd never heard of that before.

newmami_rgv said...

Ahh, why is MckLinky closed?
Well, here is my link to my Saving and Giving post.
This is my first time. I think this is an awesome idea to blog and spread the news of saving and giving.

Jennifer said...

newmami_rgv - Not to worry! I just added your link myself. Great post on how to use Freecycle to give!