I'm impressed with extreme couponers, I really am. It amazes me to see the amount of stuff they get for so little, sometimes even for free. Recently several of my friends have taken up saving money the coupon way and as they post their pictures I am seriously in awe. I wish I had the time or the patience to devote myself to couponing but I don't. So until then I marvel at the idea of it.
The only thing I find strange is the stock piles. I mean when will I use 12 deodorants? That stuff has an expiration date on it and I am sure it's not as powerful post date. I personally prefer to have fresh pits, but that's just me. My point in saying all this is...why not give that stuff away? You got 12 deodorants for 50 cents, surely you can just keep one and feel just as satisfied. I mean next week you will get 10 for free.
As I looked through my friends savings I ran across a girl who gives her extras away to people who really need it and that got me thinking. Today I was reminded of a friend that works in a homeless ministry in Dallas and that's when we got to talking about extreme couponing & toiletries. So, extreme couponers...time to do something good with your stockpiles.
Here is some info on a local ministry you could get involved in, but just think about others that are in your area. So, go rummage through your stock pile and donate those toiletries.
There are around 6,000 homeless adults in Dallas. And less than 2,000 shelter beds. Food and shelter are the obvious immediate needs, but shelters and homeless assistance centers also need toiletries to distribute to clients.
The Stewpot, a ministry of First Presbyterian Church Dallas, serves hundreds of clients each day with a variety of programs. Toiletries and over the counter medicines (pain relievers, vitamins, and antacids) are handed out at 8AM, Monday-Friday. These items are handed out on a first come, first serve basis and unfortunately are gone by 8:30 because of necessary rations. All toiletries handed out at The Stewpot have been donated by generous volunteers. But we always need more so that everyone who needs something can get it!
The items below are what we need. The bold items are things that we are consistently out of. Think about bringing home toiletries from the hotel on a vacation or pick up a few extra travel sized* items at the grocery store. Please especially consider donating feminine hygiene products, as we have much less than what is needed.
Feminine Hygiene Products (Tampons/Maxi Pads)
Large bottles of Multi-Vitamins, Tylenol, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, and Antacids
*When donating toiletries, please remember our clients don’t have a place to store their belongings. Please only donate travel sized items.
For a list of all donations, go to our website:
and click “Donate” at the top.