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How often do we open the paper or go online to see a family in need. It happens in our own community each and every day. Families that are low income, people that have lost their jobs or situations that we can’t even imagine happening to ourselves. While it is easy to think about this during the cold winter months or holidays, this is an issue every day, all year long. How can you help? I say with coupons.

Coupons, as you know, give you the opportunity to stretch your dollar a bit farther than you would have to paying full price. This means you either can buy more items for the same amount of money, or you can buy just what you need and save that money for something else. Either way, it opens the opportunity to help out families in need.

While it is a great thing to think of others and help your community, it is beneficial for you as well. When using coupons to help others, you:

Gain a sense of accomplishment.

  • Saving money alone while shopping is an accomplishment, but to give to others because of this is a win-win. You will be happy because you were able to get great deals. You will also feel really good in your heart because you donated much needed items or money to someone who needs it just a little more than you do.

A chance to show our children how important this is.

  • If I want to see anything out of my children as they grow into adults, I want them to be caring, giving individuals. I want them to have the urge to give when they can and help others who are in need. It is such an important part of being a good person.

We are fortunate to have backpack programs in our communities that send food home with children each weekend. We also have a wonderful organization called The Open Door Mission, located in Glens Falls. This amazing place helps shelter during the cold temperatures of winter, and serves meals each day throughout the week. Consider reaching out to these great organizations to help those in need in our community!

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how it will benefit your family. We are in the process of planning the classes upcoming dates. Feel free to call 518-742-3309, or go to poststar.com/couponclass for more information.Next week, head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region throughout the week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

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Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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