Do you have a heart to help others but sometimes just don’t know how or where to start?
Do you have a heart to give but the lack of extra money keeps you from giving?
If you answered YES to both questions, then I’m here to tell you that God has put it in our hearts to give and he doesn’t always expect us to give of our money. Sometimes giving our time is just as important.
This blog was created to help and teach others how to use coupons and to use their gift of couponing to give back to the community.
How many times have you asked a child what they wanted to be when they grew up to have him/her say that they wanted to be a doctor, a lawyer, a policeman, or a firefighter. No child ever says, they want to be a philanthropist when they grow up. Why?
Well first of all, it’s hard for a kid to pronounce. LOL!
Second, philanthropy has always been associated with money and wealth.
TRUE or FALSE: If you’re not rolling around in dough then you can’t be a philanthropist.
FALSE: We all are philanthropist in our own way.
Whether it is big or small we all give to help others. We give our time, our labor, and our knowledge. Anytime you are helping to make life better for others by giving of yourself, you are practicing philanthropy.
Philanthropy is “the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people“- Merriam-Webster Learning Dictionary.
It is also defined as “a spirit of goodwill toward all people especially when expressed in active and generous efforts to help others.”
The Bible says in 2 Corinthians 7 that since you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in the love we have kindled in you—see that you also excel in this grace of giving.
Verses 13-15 says our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. 14 At the present time your plenty will supply what they need, so that in turn their plenty will supply what you need. The goal is equality, 15 as it is written: “The one who gathered much did not have too much, and the one who gathered little did not have too little.”
I first started using coupons as a means of saving money. It was now or never. I was recently laid off of work and two months pregnant.
Like most families, we are a two-income family. That’s when my husband and I started looking at ways to cut expenses.
I heard of people saving 50% on there grocery bill using coupons but wasn’t sure if it was something I could do. Well I started reading about how others did it. That’s when I set off to do my first grocery run which happened to be a triple coupon week at Harris Teeter.
I purchased $150 worth of groceries for $40. I was amazed. Since then, I have been couponing out the wa-zoo. In two weeks I was stocking up so much, that we had to have a closet dedicated to just stockpiling.
The real excitement and purpose didn’t kick in until the first day I started giving groceries away. I always thought that you had to have big money to give stuff away. Giving became my drive to continuing to coupon. I had always given my time and my help but I had found a new way to give – through using coupons. Now I’m a coupon philanthropist and I love it.
I have since taught others how to do what I do. I would also like to encourage others to do the same. Find a local church or organization that can benefit from your gift of couponing. Start planning your trips to the store just for this purpose.
My goal is to start a food pantry at our church by creating a couponing ministry in which ladies and men who share the same interest of couponing will get together and begin stockpiling to feed the homeless or to help others who have fallen on hard times.
Luke 6:38 says, Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. This scripture is the answer to ways to get more from using coupons.
Give, Give, Give. You’ll be glad you did.
What do you find that you give the most of? Time, money, resources, etc.
Share some of your suggestions on other ways to give and help others that do not require money.