My Crazy Cereal Deal

Ok, so coupons.com just released a $5/5 Kellogg’s Cereal coupon. Use zip code 84711 and find the coupon on page 2 or 3. Print it fast if you’re interested – the coupons have been going very quickly.

Anyway, I plan to go to Giant today and use these coupons with their Kellogg’s Promotion.

Here’s the plan:

Buy 20 boxes of Kellogg’s cereal that are specially marked for the Cars2 Promotion at $3.49 or less each = about $70
Use (4) $5/5 coupons = -$20
Get (5) $6 instant savings = -$30
Turn in codes for Cars for Cash gas cards (4 boxes with codes = $5) = $25 in gas cards
Get (5) catalinas for free milk.

So, when this deal is all over I make $5 buying 20 boxes of cereal and get 4 gallons of free milk. Don’t worry – I’m donating the cereal. 🙂

Donation etiquette?

When things are free or almost free, I buy them with the intent to donate them if our family does not use the product (or if we won’t use it before it expires). Let me explain a few things I did this past week and you tell me if you think this is proper donation etiquette:

There is a cereal deal going on at Weis Markets this week. The local food give-a-way is especially appreciative of cereal, so I tend to buy it when it is a good deal. Now, there are two promos going on that allow me to buy this cereal for free or cheap.

Promo #1: A Kellogg’s Cereal Rebate on certain brands of cereal, which includes the 2 boxes of Raisin Bran I bought.

Promo #2: The Kellogg’s “Passport to Adventure” promo in which you can enter codes from specially marked boxes of cereals to receive $5 gas cards. I bought four boxes of Frosted Flakes which got me 4 points, the equivalent of a $5 gas card.

So…donation etiquette opinions about:

  • In order to take advantage of Promo #1, I need to collect the UPCs. So I tore them off of the bottom of the cereal box and left the rest of the box in tact.
  • In order to take advantage of Promo #2, I had to open the boxes to get the code on the inside of the box. The bag is still sealed. My spouse suggested writing the name of the cereal on the bag rather than leaving the boxes open or trying to glue them shut again, so that’s what I did.
  • The Mylicon drops I wrote about here included coupons in the box for the product. Our baby is past the Mylicon drops stage so I planned to donate them. I opened the wrapping, took out the coupons and used them to buy the product (with the permission of the cashier). The drops and dropper in the box are still sealed. Ok to donate?

 

Next give-a-way

If you are local to Waynesboro and have some items in your stockpile that you would like to donate, please take those items to the Way Station tomorrow (April 7th) at 10 AM. I will be donating the ridiculous amount of cereal I bought at Martin’s last week along with some paper towels.

Share the Wealth – Part 2

I have to admit that my joy yesterday was overcome with sadness today. The food give-a-way is scheduled for 10am-12noon. Every table in the place was full with goods at 10am. I got there at 10:20 and the food and supplies were mostly gone. Gone.

The two workers who came to my house yesterday told me there was a line when they got there at 9:45.

I think my feelings of sadness came when I saw people arriving who were choosing from what was left – some canned goods and produce provided by the food bank in Washington DC. Even the large (I thought) amount of stuff I had to donate didn’t last half an hour.

I learned that things like deodorant, shampoo, etc. are things that none of the other local places provide, and are sometimes hard to get with food stamps and other forms of assistance. I was somewhat shocked at the long list of people who had already been through the food give-a-way when I arrived.

I am still joyful – knowing how appreciative these kind souls must have been for things that they haven’t been able to get anywhere else. Yet, I am still sad I can’t meet every need. I guess I should take heart knowing that what I do makes a difference. Although my donation seemed insufficient and insignificant even for the need at this one food give-a-way, it was very significant in the lives of the people who received the items.

Sharing the Wealth – Part 1

Today I was finally able to give away a significant portion of my stockpile to our local food give-a-way. I have been waiting for today! Two of the people who work with the give-a-way came to pick the things up (what a nice gesture).

All of these things cost me very little money, although it did cost quite a bit of time and energy. Most of it was free. I write this not because I want to toot my own horn, but because I want to demonstrate the tremendous blessing to be had when you coupon. There are probably some who coupon and hoard. I coupon and give. I believe that if something would happen to our family and we would find ourselves in need, God would provide for us in that moment like he is using me to provide for others now.

I have been blessed – now I want to be a blessing
I have been loved – now I want to bring love
I’ve been invited – I want to share the invitation
I have been changed – to bring change, to bring change

We want to show You that we’re thankful
Flooding Your world with hope and peace
Help us to worship more than singing
Giving Redemption hands and feet

Select verse and chorus from Aaron Neiquist’s song “changed.”

I hope to go to the food give-a-way tomorrow to see what happens and to take some pictures of the set up, etc. Maybe it will inspire you to donate some of your abundance to a worthy cause near you!


Upcoming opportunity

In My Utmost for His Highest, Eugene Peterson writes,

“If you are always keeping blessings to yourself and never learning to pour out anything ‘to the Lord,’ other people will never have their vision of God expanded through you.”

I love thinking about the fact that as I give, other people’s vision of God expands.

I recently learned that the Way Station on Main Street in Waynesboro hosts bi-weekly food give-a-ways. A woman from my church is involved with the give-a-ways and I was excited to find a local outlet for my growing surplus. For the last few months, I have been giving my surplus of personal items to my mom (who lives about 2 hours away) because her church does a once-a-year give away of toiletry items and I have not had much luck attempting to donate these items to places within my own town. The Way Station give-a-way is hoping to expand to toiletry items and other personal necessities, so I plan to do a major purge!

I’m thankful for a chance for my couponing to make a difference in my own town. The next food give-a-way is scheduled for March 25th. I write about this opportunity just in case you are local and are looking for a way to give back.

I have some shelves to clear, how about you?


I will make sure to take some images of the donation process. I can’t wait!