C103's Community Santa recipient, Jackie, reached out to the Moncton Coupon Lady...here's what happened:
C103 fm Moncton
, a local radio station is running an awesome contest this holiday season! They are giving callers $100 to give back in the community. If you are the lucky caller each day, you will be challenged to use that $100 to the best of your ability to help out someone in the community. You can be creative and you have 24 hours to spend it.
On the weekend I received a message on the Moncton Coupon Lady
facebook page asking for help. Jackie had $100 to spend and wanted to make a donation to The Humanity Project
. Shortly thereafter she told me she had two other businesses (Fero Waste and Recycling Inc. & Riverview Superstore) who matched her $100, so now she had $300 to spend.
I spent some time figuring out what she would be able to get the best deals on with and without coupons. Then, knowing my good friend and fellow couponer Judy works closely with The Humanity Project
, I asked for her help. She knew exactly what they needed the most and we worked collecting coupons from other local couponers (Alicia, Betty, Kerri, Heather and Tina) and were able to plan a pretty great shop!
On Saturday, Jackie went to the Superstore in Riverview
, who gave her $100 to spend, and she spent $140 on Eggs, Canned veggies, Pasta, Tomato Sauce, Juice an more. Then on Sunday morning, Jackie, Judy, and I, along with our little helper Cohen, went shopping. This is what we were able to do with coupons!
- 60 Boxes of Aunt Jamima Pancake Mix $2.50 (reg), Price Matched $2 - $1 coupons = $1 / box
- 22 Bags of Green Giant Frozen Veggies with Pasta $2.50 - $1 wyb2 (booklet/print)= $2 each
- 20 Black Diamond Cheese Slice Pks $2.97 (reg), Price Matched $2.47 - $0.75 (booklet) = $1.72 each
- 19 Quaker Brand Cereal $4 & $4.98 (reg), Price Matched $1.97 - $1 (tear pad) = $0.97 each
There will be a couponing seminar open to the public coming up mid January at the Humanity Project location (this will be a fundraiser for them, 60% ticket sales going back to them) We will plan another big shop with the money raised. Tickets will be the same as always, $10 per person, 2 hours of learning and handouts with all the info to get you saving! You will save that $10 and so much more in no time!!
This is the kick off of a new section on Everything Unscripted, showcasing "Giving Back" in your community. Do you or someone you know gives back to your community in a unique way? Perhaps you know someone who is doing great things in your area, but very few people know what is being done. I want to hear about what unseen projects are being done, or unique fundraising, or community support efforts are happening around the Maritimes. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have something to share!