10 Ways That You Can Use Freebies To Help Others

helping handsWe all want to help others, but sometimes our budgets can make that difficult.  If we are willing to invest a little time, we will find that not only can we acquire many products for our own use for free or low cost, but we can use the same strategies to help others.  Below is a list of suggested ways to help others with the use of freebies.

  1. Oftentimes you can find low cost or free foods that are new on the market by using high value coupons paired with a great sale. If these are not things that you will use, donate them to a local food bank or church food pantry for others use.
  2. There are so many sample items available to request online. Save these in a “gift” tote and then make little baskets out of them for teachers, mail carriers, bank tellers etc.
  3. Scoop up the occasional free and low cost diaper deals. Also sign up for coupons from Enfamil and Similac that will make for free formula. Donate these to your local crisis pregnancy center or Women’s shelter.
  4. Participate in rewards programs like Coke Rewards. You can redeem your points for gift cards to places like McDonalds. These cards are great to have on hand when you encounter a homeless person who is hungry.
  5. Create care packages for the troops with freebies you receive. It will brighten their spirits to receive things that are unique. If you are looking for a site to use to find a solider to send to, try Adoptaussoldier. We are sure there are also many others to chose from.
  6. Make up “blessing bags” to keep in your car. They can include tissues, toothpaste, soap etc. Give these to needy people you see in your travels.
  7. Print coupons from commonkindness. You can choose a charity to support through the site. The charity will receive a donation from the coupons that were printed!
  8. Donate your expired coupons to military bases. They can use them for 6 months past expiration date. Remember not to send your internet printed coupons (as these can be copied and traced back to you). For a list of bases you can send packages to go here.
  9. Scoop up all the extra freebie school supplies during the sales and then take them to your local women/children’s shelter for the children’s school needs.
  10. Participate in your local Freecycle group and check craigslist in your city. Look for clothing, and other great items that people are giving away. Use these for shelters or families you know that are in need.

This is by no means an exhaustive list of ways that you can help.  We would love to hear how you have been able to help others without spending a lot of money.  Please let us know in the comment section.

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  1. These are all great tips, i live in a small town and dont often run into a lot of those issues and we also very rarely get anything for free with coupons but that doesnt mean we don’t help out. We always tip people, especially students, we clean up after ourselves etc to help the people working from having to pick up trash a million times a day, we help fill the cruisers when the police are doing food drives and best of all we pay for the food and have our children donate it so that they can have a servants heart. They finally are understanding WHY we donate which for years they couldnt understand why we gave away money but now they get excited to help stuff a cruiser and pick out items other people will want or need.

  2. My local grocery store is super coupon friendly and regularly runs triple or super double coupon events, at which I pick up lots of very cheap food that I donate to our church’s food pantry. I also like to collect all the cheap/free school supplies in the late summer and donate them to our church as well. I love trying to maximize the relatively small amount of money that we set aside for donations.

  3. I love the idea about signing up for formula coupons! What a great way to bless struggling families!

    I also love the McD’s gift card ideas. I am always so torn when I see pan handlers on the streets. I want to help, but don’t want to enable a possible addiction.

    Thanks for the ideas! I will definitely be using them!

  4. those are great ideas, I often use coupons to get food stuffs for the food pantry, and we get clearance items cheaply to pack in shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan’s Purse. The coupons to military folks is cool though, did not know that one, may have to try it!

  5. I love the tip about formula. We used to get so many samples and I never knew what to do with them, so I just gave them to friends. If we get more, I will definitely be sure to pass them on to the food pantry. Great ideas!

  6. I love your ideas and also the links that make it easy to look into the causes you mentioned. It just so happens that this very night our church moms are getting together to put together school supplies into backpacks to take to a local women’s shelter. We passed around flyers and got a huge amount of donations. (It helps to do it at this time of year when the sales are good). It is fun to think of the happy children who will receive these. Thanks for your dedication to such great causes!

  7. I do those too. I watch the lost leader sales at the grocery stores and the drug stores. I gather all the soaps and shampoos during my hotel stays. Those are great for shelters tool. Keep up the good work for others, the world needs help.

  8. What a great way to help people out! I knew about the military one and I am all about buying food for other. But I forget about other things like school supplies! You have a big heart and thanks for sharing this list! Cheers!

  9. i am a huge clothing swapper i always am taking things from people and having things passed out, i kinda run my own handmedown line as i like to say lol!!! Everyone wins right?? always good to share what little you have, like leftovers at christmas we turn into hand out meals and give them to the homeless.

  10. I love all of your tips! I already do many of these when I get freebies because I love being able to help others when I am able to. I never have much extra money, but when I have items I can give away that makes me feel a little better about things.

  11. What a great list! I’ll have to check out commonkindness and the sample gift bags. We’re just starting teachers gifts – what a great idea! We do what we can. I try to buy for food drives and the annual Stamp Out Hunger drive from our PO. I usually check out the store sales to be able to get the most for little money. Though sometimes I will buy baby food, since a small quantity is inexpensive, to help out folks in need. We also donate to book programs through the book store. The drives are usually around the holidays and books vary in price, but I’ve gotten a small book to donate for under $5. They definitely have them! I was pleasantly surprised when my son started receiving a book when he went to his appointments at the Dr’s office, courtesy of a book program.

  12. Many people want to help more but with economic times being what they are, find it hard to do. Your simple tips make it easy for those of us to help others who need it without risking the financial security of our family. Thanks!!!

  13. You don’t even know how inspiring that was to me! I will definitely do this! I’ve actually had people ask me for sites for couponing and free items because they know that I blog.. but I’ve never thought about actually signing up for these and being able to donate them! Thank you!

  14. What a brilliant post. Truly, anyone can give with this list of ideas. As a breastfeeding mom, I never had any need for formula. Hello! Of course I could donate it to a pregnancy shelter! You totally opened my eyes to numerous ways I can help those in need. Thank you!

  15. These were wonderful tips. I knew about the Enfamil and Similac – I get the free formula and give it to a women and children’s shelter. But you’ve provided some more opportunities for me to not only help others but get my boys to join in and collect and assemble gift bags/totes for those in need. Thank you for the great information.

  16. What a great post. I’m always trying to help people out. I really like the ideas you gave about sending sample care packages to our troops and using the Coke rewards for fast food gift cards to give to homeless and less fortunate. I’m definitely tweeting about your post.

    Whitney