We 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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