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How Coupons Are Feeding People in Need

Jesus of Nazareth fed a crowd of thousands with two fish and five loaves of bread.

Short of inventing a food replicator a la the Star Trek series, humans can’t duplicate Jesus’ miracle, but we can find inventive ways to feed the hungry.

What if you could feed 150 people with only $20? (And no, we’re not talking about Ramen packs here; we’re talking real food.)

More people would probably spread the joy of food to the homeless and hungry if food were so cheap, right?

But a few people around the United States found a way to make their money go farther when feeding the poor.

It’s called extreme couponing and it’s not just for the obsessive penny pincher anymore.

Lauren Puryear Plans to Feed 30,000

Before Lauren Puryear of Woodbridge, Virginia began extreme couponing, she fed the poor with donations and her own pocket money.

She ran a non-profit called For the Love of Others and the money they had wasn’t enough to do the good they wanted to do.

But ever since she and her non-profit adopted extreme couponing, they’ve made donations go farther.

How much farther?

From September 2016 to March 2017 she fed 26,000 people with only $500. That’s getting pretty close to the miracle of the loaves and fishes.

And it seems like Lauren Puryear is going to make and exceed her goal of feeding 30,000 by September 14th, 2017 (her 30th birthday).

You might think that extreme couponing would take all of Lauren’s time during the week. But it’s actually a rather short affair.

Lauren only spends about 5-10 hours a week snipping out coupons.

Of course, she recruits family and friends to help, but for an activity that feeds thousands of people each month, you can’t beat that time commitment cost.

Other People Extreme Couponing to Feed the Poor

Other organizations took note of Lauren Puryear’s success.

The southern branch of the New Jersey Community Food Bank is trying their luck with extreme couponing in Atlantic City.

And the Touch Feeding Ministry in Asbury run by a Reverend William Williams III also took on the practice for their program.

Jerry Ascione of Coral Springs, FL hit upon extreme couponing back in 2002.

He noticed a coupon for Walgreens (his place of employment) in a local free classifieds paper that was worth more than the price of the item. He realized the store policy was to pay out the difference at checkout.

This was when he had the brilliant idea to give the money and the goods he obtained with these “moneymaker deals” to the homeless.

He now drives around handing out free food, water, and money during his time off. He sees hunger as an epidemic in our country and he wants to do something about it.

And by doing so, his faith in humanity has soared. He recalls one time when he gave someone food and they shared it with a friend before digging in themselves.

You Too Can Feed the Hungry

While extreme couponing might be the most cost-saving way to feed the hungry, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer to do so.

It just takes seeing someone in need and filling that need.

So, go and give. Your life will never be the same.


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Weight Watchers: Join Free, Free Cookbook, 1 Free Month! (Save $67)

logo weight watchersThinking about joining Weight Watchers? They run deals every week for new customers, but this offer is pretty good, and includes free signup.

In an attempt to get you to signup for a longer period, 6 months, they are waiving the signup fee, giving you your first month free, and throwing in their popular cookbook for free. Check it out:


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Why this is a good deal

Regardless of how long you signup, this is one of the best deals I’ve seen for Weight Watchers. The appeal here is that you can choose their 6 month subscription and pay nothing up front.

You’ll also lock in at a super-low weekly rate on the 3 or 6-month subscription. Here’s a comparison:

  • Join for 1-month: $19.95 (closest thing to a “free trial”)
  • Join for 3-months: $39.95 (free signup)
  • Join for 6-months: $0 up-front, 1 free month + $19.95 per month

Free signup: all Weight Watchers Plans

All subscriptions include free signup, so if you are on the fence, you can even do the 1-month subscription and only “risk” $19.95.

Consider adding meetings, as they make the success rates double.

Keep in mind that when you choose a subscription length, you are committing to at least that long of a membership.

If you cancel before the initial commitment, you have to pay a $20 cancellation fee.

The first month and Weight Watchers Cookbook are freebies

When you join for 6 months, the first month is free, and they send you a free cookbook. Not bad, but make sure you are ready to commit to 6 months before selecting that option.

If you don’t care about the cookbook, then the shorter, 3-month subscription is probably better.

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Vistaprint Checks Coupon: 25% Off

logo vistaprint redNew coupon for personal bank checks from Vistaprint.com: If you are looking to get personal or business checks printed, Vistaprint has a number of inexpensive options.

They also have weekly deals that include checks, so you can save an extra 25% and even get free shipping as a new customer:


Hmmm… Where Are Their Checks?

It can be hard to find checks at vistaprint.com. The easiest way to find them is under, “All Products” like this:

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Using a Vistaprint check coupon 

You can get a discount on checks in two different ways:

  1. Just click over to vistaprint.com from one of the promotional links above, and the discount will apply
  2. Use a promo code at checkout, and the discount will be applied to your cart. You can always try more than one code to get the best deal.

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Vistaprint has Both Business & Personal Checks

While most people buy their personal wallet checks, they have several options including:

  • Business wallet checks: Professional design options that fit your company’s image
  • Personal wallet checks: (most popular) A number of simple or fun design templates with optional duplicates
  • Three-to-a-page business checks: Paying bills and record-keeping are easy with professional side-tear checks for small business
  • Computer checks: Print checks from your home or office any time.

Related: Free business cards from Vistaprint? | Vistaprint free samples

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Checks: Customer Reviews

When viewing the “checks” page at Vistaprint, you’ll see that there are over 1,200 customer reviews for checks. These are worth skimming, as you might learn from others’ good or negative reviews.

Although most reviews are positive, there were some (valuable) complaints in which customers had trouble reordering checks with the correct check number sequence. More than one customer typed in the wrong routing number, so double check your numbers!

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Vistaprint: 100 Free Business Cards? Not Really, Here’s a Better Promo

logo vistaprint redFree business cards from vistaprint.com: There’s an ongoing promotion that you’ve probably heard of by now for “free” business cards from Vistaprint. To make a long story short, you only save $5 or so going with these free economy-quality cards, as you still have to pay for shipping. I say go with their $500 for $9.99 deal instead. Here’s a link to both promotions for comparison:


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Vistaprint’s free business cards aren’t free; you still have to pay shipping

“There is no such thing as a free lunch. If you want to enjoy something you have to pay for it.” – Charles Hall

Ah, well said, Charles, and such is the case with Vistaprint’s free business cards. For years this was their signature promotion, and it really did wonders for their brand. The money they lost on giving away free business cards surely was a good investment.

But, times have changed, and they really don’t need to get their name out there at a loss any more. Not only to they give away fewer business cards for free (used to be 250), but now they are referred to as “economy” business cards. For years they also added their logo on the back of the card, which screamed, “cheap-o!”

Ouch! That’s not how most successful entrepreneurs get started. Maybe they would be good for your “economy” business, but who wants cheap-looking business cards, unless you are dropping them in a fish bowl to win a free lunch. (ironic!)

Skip the free business cards and spend $15 bucks on nicer ones

freebiespot womanAnyway, in this case you should gladly accept the up-sell you get on their site. skip the free cards and consider their “500 business cards for $10” deal (read review) instead. With shipping it ends up being under $15 for 500 “standard” business cards, which are nice enough to get the job done in most cases.

*Tip: If you are on their site looking at the standard business cards, scroll down and you’ll see customer reviews. Consumer affairs is where you’ll find negative reviews, which are helpful to read, too

Vistaprint’s “free” business cards: limited design selection

On top of being printed on thinner paper, you’ll be limited in design templates for their free business cards. Do you still need reason’s to skip their free business cards promo? Actually, you might find a use for them in other creative ways. Like as tickets for an event or something. Or, maybe you print them for your kids’ lemonade stand?

No one gives away free business cards any more

I just searched for similar promotions, and this is actually as good as it gets. I estimate Vistaprint must lose $3-5 every time someone uses this promotion, so it’s purely an investment to get your contact info and hope that you remain a customer. Well, no other printing services dare match this offer, so kudos to vistaprint.com for being the “tallest midget in the room” when it comes to free business cards!

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Finish Line Free Shipping: 3 Tricks to Get Free Delivery, Any Order!

free shipping mailmanHow to get free shipping on any order at finishline.com: So, last week I needed to buy a pair of shoes for my son for school, as it seems his feet grow about a half size every month. Not only are the shoes he wanted expensive, but shipping costs $10 at Finish Line!

That’s not ok. After doing some research, I realized that there are a few “hacks,” as the kids say, to avoid paying for shipping. Here are your best options:


#1: Finish Line: FREE SHIPPING no minimum

Who knew that there is an entire section of hundreds of styles of shoes at finishline.com that ship for free with no minimum? It’s true, and because there are over 1000 shoe styles that ship free, the easiest thing to do is sort by size and brand.

The reason why this trick is great is that most all of the shoes in the free shipping section are eligible for discounts from any of the current Finish Line coupon codes, so you get a double-discount!

They will usually also feature free shipping w/ no minimum on at least one major brand, like Nike, PUMA, or Adidas, every month. *The downside is that sale or clearance shoes of that featured brand are often excluded. We post these sneaky codes or sales at our finishline.com deals page.


#2: FREE SHIPPING on any order, delivered to your local store

So, maybe the shoes you want aren’t in the free shipping section? Here’s another trick to getting free delivery: just specify ship to store at checkout, and choose your nearest store location for pickup. If your shoes or boots are in-stock, you can pick them up same-day. If they aren’t, they will arrive in about 2-3 days.

The advantage to this method (as opposed to buying the shoes in-store) is that you can use any of their online promo codes to get a better price. (Printable coupons are non-existent) So, if you have a Finish Line store in town, consider this to be a good option. If you live an hour outside of Fargo, then skip this method!

Unlike “ship to home,” there are also no shoes excluded from free delivery when they are shipped to a Finish Line store.


#3: Finish Line: FREE SHIPPING on $75+ w/code

Apparently the cost of shoes, college, and Disney World have all doubled in the last decade, (while personal income has stayed the same) so most shoes now cost over $75. While this is not good for our society, at least it means that a ton of shoes are eligible for the “free shipping on $75+” code from finishline.com.

The downside of this method is that an actual free shipping code is only available half the time, and it requires a minimum order. Another negative is that you can only use one code at a time, so by using a Finish Line free shipping code, you won’t be able to use one for a percent-off discount.

Well, even though the downside of the in-store “trick” is that you actually have to leave the house, it’s a good option for a lot of people. There’s a Finish Line store in the mall near my house, and I’d rather stop in and get my shoes that I paid less for (using a promo code online) while avoiding the $10 shipping charge! I hope one of these tricks works out for you, as I believe shipping should be as free as a wild stallion running freely, in the land of the free! 

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