Setting up a Couponing for Good collection basket

by on May 8, 2012 in Personal Experiences

For the month of March I did a whole series of articles about Couponing for Good and my participation in a Champions for Kids SIMPLE Service Project. If you didn’t follow along, I would encourage you to at least check out my Donation Day post, which includes links to most of the other Couponing for Good series.

I was really inspired by the concept of Couponing for Good, especially after hearing Joni Meyer-Crothers from the TLC Extreme Couponing show speak. There’s no reason why I can’t use my knowledge of coupons and sales to help others who have needs greater than my own!

Since I participated in the Couponing for Good SIMPLE Service project in March, I have set up a permanent Couponing for Good Collection Basket in my home. My intention is to slowly fill it with items that I get for free or cheap, and donate the items every month, or as soon as the basket is full.

There really isn’t any reason NOT to do this. It’s an easy way to give back without going broke, and it’s a fun on-going project and challenge for myself.

Here’s my Couponing for Good basket in its current state:

If you want to set up your own Couponing for Good Collection Basket, here are a few suggestions:

  • Keep it in a prominent place. Now, I don’t mean you have to put it as the centerpiece on your dining room table, but put it some place that you will see it, and interact with it. I didn’t put mine in my kitchen, but I do have it very near there. I put mine in the room adjacent to the kitchen, literally 2 feet away, and I pass by it all the time.
  • Make it big enough to hold some donations, but not so big or so small that it’s ineffective. You don’t want a tiny basket or box that is filled up immediately and you don’t want something so big that you only need to empty it every 6 months. Go for something mid-sized. That also helps with keeping it in a prominent place without it becoming obtrusive.
  • Have it near when you unload. My basket isn’t in my kitchen where I normally unpack my bags after shopping, but it is in the next room which is just a doorway away. I pass this room (and the basket) when I go to the laundry room/pantry room and it also happens to be the kid’s play area. In fact, the basket is on top of my daughter’s play kitchen! My point is that it is just a few feet away so my donations will go straight into the basket without any detours.
  • Keep track of how much you saved. One of the fun parts of Couponing for Good is seeing how much I can give, and how little I can spend. In the picture above you can’t see the additional box of Kotex panty liners down in the basket, but in all I only spent $3.26 on what’s in my basket above. Keep track of how well you do, and it might inspire you to do better and better each month!

My basket is almost full, so that means it’s almost donation time. Maybe I’ll post an update each time I take items in and share how much I spent/saved and what I was able to donate.

Do you have anything like this at home? Let me know!


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