While at Blissdom, I ran into the author of I Heart The Mart, which is a great resource for getting deals at Walmart. We had a lively discussion on whether or not it’s ethical for people to heavily coupon for food pantries and other charitable causes. Apparently it’s a hot topic for debate in the coupon world.
Now as you know, I’m an advocate for supporting local food banks and I will purposely shop a sale, even if I don’t need the product, in order to donate goods. Last year alone I was able to donate over 900 pounds of food which I never could’ve accomplished without coupons.
I’ve always been very careful to do two things when I shop for food banks….
First of all, if it’s a large amount of product, I order it ahead of time so that the shelves are untouched. I can only think of a couple of instances where I did this in the past year, but I feel strongly that pre-ordering is the way to go. It’s just considerate.
If pre-ordering is not possible, I drive to multiple locations to purchase the sale items to once again not empty the shelves. With fuel prices skyrocketing, it has to be a stellar deal to make this worthwhile. Also, I have the luxury of having many stores within driving distance. I know that I’m lucky that way.
Now for the opposing view…
Some people feel that couponing for charitable causes takes away from the folks who are trying to get the same deals for their own households. And that the right thing to do is to wait until the last day of the sale to make those types of purchases in order for the “typical consumer” (whatever that is these days) to have the time they need to get the deals they desire.
An interesting debate for sure. Is it ethical for a couponer to purchase products solely for donating? Or do you agree that people who donate should only be able to shop the last few days of a sale to scoop up what’s left?
In order to participate in this debate, leave your first name, last initial, the state you are from, and your thoughts. All participants will be entered into a drawing for 8 free product coupons. Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 6th 11:59pm ET.
As usual, let’s keep this debate friendly and considerate. I’m keenly interested in your thoughts on this subject!