I mentioned earlier today that my friend K. broke her ankle a couple of weeks ago, and of course, this being a time of transition – especially financial transition – for us means that I’m feeling a little anxious about making sure our money situation is working out the way we expect it will. So I’m especially grateful for coupons and The Drugstore Game, which have allowed me to be generous without much of a financial toll.
I’ve bought a couple of lunches and made a couple of dinners for K. and her family, and that’s probably cost about $50 total. Everything else that I’ve taken over has been free or very cheap thanks to coupons and The Drugstore Game, including cans of soup (25 cents a piece after sale and coupon at Vons this past week), paper goods, and toiletries. I plan to drop off more similar items just so that her husband doesn’t have to stress about running out of the basics and making a mad dash to a drugstore or supermarket in the middle of the night.
I think I’ve also mentioned before that my friend B.’s husband lost his job a few months back, and here, too, coupons have allowed me to be generous without taxing our friendship. B. knows I actively coupon and that I didn’t spend a lot on the bags of food, household items and toiletries that I’ve given to her, which I think makes it easier for her to accept the items. It’s not charity, it’s just a friend passing on extras. And that’s a wonderful thing to be able to do 🙂