My wife is the coupon clipper in our household, but I do understand the concept of frugality, shopping efficiently and saving money with coupons. I just never thought that coupon clipping could become a ministry. However, one exceptional woman in Central Ohio has turned her practical hobby into help for others.
Jen Myers of Genoa, Ohio, has become an avid advocate of “extreme couponing”. Based on a class that she attended, Jen found out that she could save more than 50% on her grocery bill by couponing. Not only was she saving enough for her family, but her new-found talent at couponing began to fulfill her desire to donate more to her local food pantry and help others. And as her talents have spread, she has created a way for other to provide truckloads of food for her local food pantry.
Myers’ friends wanted to learn her money saving techniques, so she taught a couponing class for 10 of them last March. Instead of charging money for the class, she asked that each participant bring in 10 items for the Genoa Area Community Food Pantry. The pantry, which is housed at Trinity Methodist Church, serves the needy in the Genoa Area Local School District. From her initial group classes with friends, she created Coupons for Christ, a ministry aimed at teaching coupon classes and encouraging food donations. She has since taught several classes — one of which recently drew 50 people — and brought in truckloads of food for the Genoa Area Community Food Pantry, housed at Trinity Methodist Church.
As we all become more cognizant of our purchases, we are inviting a new social and Christian consciousness to invade our beings – with the benefit of the secular becoming sacred as we reach out to help others.