So the other night I was talking to another couponer about how coupons can be a lifesaver for people who are struggling to make ends meet which evolved into a discussion on food stamps and other social service programs that assist people with their nutritional needs. We were debating whether or not smart shopping courses should be taught to people receiving that type of assistance. And what I mean by “smart shopping” courses would be any class that focuses on getting the most bang from the assistance buck by teaching people how to use coupons to stretch that money and how to shop sales by formulating healthy meals around sale items.
Here’s my opinion for what it’s worth. If someone had taught me fifteen years ago how to shop smarter I’d have a whole lot more money in the bank today. I would have appreciated the information and most likely would have made some serious changes in my shopping habits. While I understand that not all people would take advantage of the newly taught skills, at least they would be exposed to it and maybe make them more aware of better ways to spend their food stamp dollars.
What do you think? Should social service agencies require these types of courses in order for people to receive aid? Keep in mind that I want this to be an exchange of thoughts, not a firestorm of heated debate. I think this is an interesting topic and would love to hear your opinion, but let’s keep it civil, alrighty?
Those who comment will be entered into a drawing for a stockpile surprise box filled with all kinds of goodies that any family can use. Also, I’ll throw in two pink Coupon Goddess grocery totes so you can shop in style! The deadline for entry is Monday, November 1st midnight EST. Good luck.