Woman Uses Coupons to Feed Thousands
Posted on Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 at 7:00 am
The phrase “extreme couponing” might make you think of those TV shows that featured people who could buy tons of groceries for very little money because of how they used coupons. There are others who use couponing as a way to keep their personal stockpile full. One woman is using coupons to feed thousands of people.
Lauren Puryear lives in New Jersey. She is a mental health clinician who has been spent years of her time trying to feed the hungry. She has four degrees, including a bachelor’s, two masters, and a Ph.D. In psychology.
In 2012, she started an organization called For the Love of Others, which assists people of all backgrounds. She had been buying food in bulk from stores like Cosco, and also from online stores like Amazon. This helped her to buy food for the hungry people her organization helps, but it wasn’t enough.
Someone taught Lauren Puryear about couponing. It didn’t take long for her to figure out that she could use couponing to reach tens of thousands of hungry people. She has delivered more than 5,000 meals to people in need. Lauren wants to feed 30,000 people by her 30th birthday (which is in September of 2017).
Some of the couponing techniques she uses are ones that anyone can learn how to do. She uses the coupons that are in the Sunday papers and also the ones that are online and printable. Lauren collects as many coupons as she can. She also matches the coupons to the store. This often results in her getting items for free.
Lauren Puryear spends between five and ten hours a week looking for coupons. She enlists the help of her friends and family to snip vouchers and to come with her on her shopping trips.
Bringing multiple people with on a grocery shopping trip is helpful for more than one reason. It is a simple way to get around the coupon limits that some stores have. Split the food items, and the related coupons, among several people in the group. Each person counts as an individual shopper.
Another good reason to bring extra people with you while extreme couponing has to do with space. You might need to pack your pile of groceries into multiple vehicles in order to transport it home.
Lauren Puryear is using extreme couponing to feed people who are hungry. She takes the food she buys and makes meals out of it. She also looks for places that have a homeless population, and makes sure to check the laws to be certain she will be allowed to serve food in public at that location.