“Shopping is my passion, and finding free deals makes me tingle all over. But when it comes right down to it, for me the most rewarding aspect of shopping for free is being able to pay it forward.” - Kathy Spencer, author of How to Shop For Free: Smart Women Who Love to Get Something for Nothing (Da Capo Press: 2010)
I wholeheartedly agree with Kathy Spencer’s sentiment expressed above, which is why I dedicate so much time and energy to finding items that I know other people can use. Just today on Rite Aid’s clearance shelves, I found six packages of colored copy paper discounted from the original price of $6.99 to $1.50. I know a small private elementary school that can always use copy paper, so the teachers will appreciate my latest find. During the 2010-2011 school year, I have donated so many school supplies to this particular school that the school administrator has been able to cut her supply budget in half.
When looking for places to donate, remember to check with the public and private schools in your area to see what you can provide. Request a donation list and keep it with you when you are out shopping. You never know what you may find while browsing the clearance shelves, and you may not even need a coupon to purchase it - although if you have one, all the better.