Next Time You Go to Throw Away Your Coupons, Think Again
It’s estimated that Americans throw away $57 billion worth of coupons every year. We’ve all done it—you get that 14-foot long receipt from the drug store and think to yourself, “Well, I’m realistically never going to take the time to use these.” You probably don’t even look at the coupon section in the newspaper anymore. Into the trash they go.
For 29-year-old Lauren Puryear of Woodbridge, New Jersey, it was in one of these moments that she realized that the 14-foot long receipt in her hand had the power to make some serious change in the world.
From a young age, Lauren’s grandmother instilled in her a sense of duty to help others wherever she could in life. When Lauren’s grandmother passed away in 2012, she decided to carry on the flame of her grandmother’s generosity. That year, she founded For the Love of Others, an organization that carries on her grandmother’s legacy “through providing opportunities to enable them to live a purposeful life.”
Lauren’s goal is to deliver 30,000 meals to people in need by the time she’s 30, and with a little help from her talent for extreme couponing, Lauren says she’s right on track to meet that goal by her birthday next year.
Keep Reading to see how coupons are helping Lauren Puryear deliver more than just food to the people of Woodbridge.
Coupons: A Goldmine for Charity
Lauren Puryear has always been one to help others—it’s what she was raised to do. For years, she gave back to her community by preparing meals for the needy and homeless, using supplies she bought in bulk from wholesale stores like Costco and BJ’s. When a friend asked Lauren if she’d ever considered using coupons, a lightbulb went off in her head.
“I started couponing for food items like spaghetti, meatballs, and I was able to get the items for free or for little to no money,” she explained.
With proper technique, using coupons smartly to organize the meals she is able to feed up to 150 people on just $20.
“There are coupons in the Sunday paper, or online that you can print … so I collect as many as I can, match them to the store and that is how I am able to get the items for free,” Lauren explained.
Making a Difference
The reason so many people skip couponing altogether is because many people consider the process a hassle. But with enough time and consideration, Lauren says she was able to turn the process into a goldmine for her charity ventures.
And this isn’t the only thing Puryear does with her time. She’s a full-time mental health clinician in Woodbridge, New Jersey, a career that follows a logical progression from her four degrees, including a Ph.D. in psychology.