Most of you know that I am not a fan of the TLC show Extreme Couponing, but I have seen a couple of episodes. When I saw that one of the show’s couponers, Joni Meyer-Crothers, was going to be doing a coupon class in my city, I signed up to attend.
I am so glad I went! Her class wasn’t about the show of course, but she did share some basic coupon education and best of all…her personal story.
I was in tears as she told about being younger and divorced with 3 small children. She was not able to feed them. She went through some incredibly tough times, making tough choices, but is now in a place where she can help others.
Joni uses her knowledge of coupons and store sales to keep a permanently stocked food pantry in her home. Anyone in her church or neighborhood can come to her pantry for food and items at any time.
As part of our admission into the class, each attendee was asked to bring 5 non-perishable food items or personal care/home items. We filled three tables FULL of items to be donated! It was amazing to see how much we could all put together, while each only giving a little.
Joni sees her ability to save money with coupons not only as a way to feed her family for less, but also a gift from God that allows her to provide this ministry of much needed food and items to her community.
I was inspired!
I’ve been writing all month about Couponing for Good, and Joni is a PERFECT example of how you can do that. She has a website where she posts weekly deals for free and cheap items, and also a Facebook page to help you know the best ways to get items to donate.
I’m really glad I went to the class, and that I got to meet Joni. She is wonderfully enthusiastic, and a very genuine person. She really cares about helping others and wants to encourage everyone else to do the same. Pardon my lack of make-up and badly-lighted picture, but I wanted to share my moment with Joni.
Did any of you go see her?
I encourage you to check her sites out, and see if you can find a way to use your coupons to help pick up needed items for people in your community.
Here are some links to explore: