July 5, 2013

Clipping Kindness

MDG has long been a champion of coupons but with the demise of the print newspaper (and the coupons contained within) my coupon clipping habits have sadly declined along with it. That’s why I was so excited to hear about CommonKindness, a free printable grocery coupon website that raises cash for all kinds of causes (and causes of kindness).

Simply sign up (it’s free!) on the site and pick which charity (or charities) you’d like to support. There are hundreds to choose from including Americares, the National Parkinson Foundation, ASPCA, Feeding America, United Way and The Salvation Army. Or you could pick an organization – a school, a food bank or an animal shelter - closer to home.

Then every time you clip a coupon -- and redeem it, of course -- you’ll raise funds for your favorite causes. In case you’re wondering exactly how it works, charities pay CommonKindness an advertising fee, then CK shares 20 percent of the funds it receives with organizations participating on the site.

If you were waiting for a celebrity angle, here it is. The site is currently offering a coupon for 50 cents off a 3- or 3.5-ounce bag of popchips (Katy Perry would really like it if you to chose her flavor: Katy’s Kettle Corn). When redeemed, 50 cents goes to the ASPCA. Plus, if you choose the ASPCA as your favorite nonprofit, CommonKindness will kick in an additional 5 cents for this great cause.

I can’t think of a better reason to say goodbye to those messy Sunday inserts and say hello to the future of CommonKindness.

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