Barbara Corbin of Cary is another coupon clipper who scouts the deals for charity.
Corbin's four children are grown and gone but she enjoys the thrill of the bargain hunt too much to give it up.
Instead of providing for her own children, the SAS employee now helps those less fortunate by donating to Catholic Parish Outreach and the Brown Bag Ministry.
She typically buys cereal, pasta, rice, microwave meals and fruit cups. "I try to focus on the healthy foods but not always because everyone likes a treat," she said. She also likes to donate personal hygiene items, which are often free with a coupon.
"I've always done coupons because I've always tended to be a thrifty person," Corbin said. "I was raised that way."
If you're a coupon shopper and would like to help any of the local charities mentioned, below are links to their websites. Or, if you'd like, share your stories with me about the charities you assist through couponing. I'll share them with readers in a future post.
--Asbury Methodist Church: asburyraleigh.org
--Brown Bag Ministry: brownbagministry.org
--Catholic Parish Outreach: cporaleigh.org
--Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (BackPack Buddies and Grocery Bags for Seniors): foodshuttle.org
--North Raleigh Ministries: northraleighministries.com
--Samaritan's Purse: samaritanspurse.org
--SPCA of Wake County: spcawake.org
More good deals and good works
While we're talking good deals with a charitable twist, here are two more ways to save yourself some money while helping others.
First, through Sept. 30, Bruegger's bagel shops are selling coupon booklets to help fight childhood hunger. For a $5 donation, you'll get nine coupons valued at about $20, including two coupons for freebies.
Second, Pantene has teamed with Walmart to offer up to $30 to folks who donate a ponytail of their hair to be made into wigs for women fighting cancer.
Head to GotoBeautifulLengths.com to fill out a form for a donation kit that includes a prepaid postage envelope, ponytail cutting instructions, a $30 rebate form and a "Pantene Beautiful Lengths bonus bag."
You must purchase a Pantene product from Walmart and submit a receipt from the hair salon where your ponytail was cut.
The value of the rebate -- sent in the form of a Visa giftcard -- will be based on the price of the haircut. The offer is good through Oct. 31.