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A Little Goes A Long Way

Recently, I spoke with a man who runs a mission for homeless men to find out what items he could most use that I might be able to get for him by using coupons. With summer approaching, he asked for insect repellent. He also mentioned backpacks, in which the men could carry their personal items. While bug spray and backpacks are difficult to find right now at a reasonable price, I was reminded of personal items the other day while in CVS when I passed the travel and trial size section. Bottles of a certain shampoo were marked down 75 percent, as were bottles of facial cleanser. Using my CVS Extra Bucks, I bought what remained of both the shampoo and the cleanser and added the items to my collection at home of travel size men's deodorant that I found at Target several weeks ago for 75 percent off (25 cents each) in the store's healthy and beauty clearance section.

No matter where you shop, undoubtedly that store has a clearance section (or, like Target, multiple sections). Next time you're in your favorite store, check out the clearance section, if you aren't already familiar with it. Products change constantly in these sections, so you never know what you'll come across that will serve as a much-needed donation to a grateful organization.

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