Giving Small

       Don't Have a Cow!¬†¬†Give a Cow to Someone Who Needs It

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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

* Coupons, Cows, Food Banks and Shelters

Cow, Coupons, Donations

Items bought for almost free using coupons to donate to shelter, food bank, etc.

Couponing 101

My undercover couponing adventure has turned me into a believer in coupons. I always liked the odd coupon but I have been amazed at the savings. In 2 months, I have saved $140 with coupons and bonus point deals. And I'm not good at it yet.

And yes, this is based on buying what I would normally buy. The biggest pitfalls of couponing is that you start buying stuff you don't need or use.

Couponing for the Cow

Trading coupons is not going quite so well as saving on groceries. We have raised $43.30 with coupons. Some of the coupon total is from Aeroplan codes -- the 10 pt and 25 pt on Tropicana OJ and Quaker cereals and granola bars. Please send me those 12 digit pins if you're not using them. The pin codes under coke and sprite bottle caps are also hot items to trade for the cow.

Giving Small with Coupons

What I've discovered is that lots of couponers stock up on things that they can buy with coupons for free, or near free, to donate for shelters, food bank, animal rescue groups, nursing homes, etc. I checked with the Saskatoon Food Bank and they take food and non-food items.

Non-food are placed in the Clothing Depot in the Grass Center. So shampoo, toothpaste, razors, soap, household cleaners, pet food, toilet paper, diapers, baby oil, etc. The clothing depot has a $2 charge per bag and people can take up to 2 items from the shelf of non-food items. The Street Cat folks can use paper towels I know the community gardening folks are always looking for seeds for planting.
I plan to phone the shelters next to see what they take and need. Do you know any groups who need things? Let me know.

Test Run - Donating Items Bought with Coupons

I decided to test this out on a small scale. For the past 2 weeks I collected items that I could pick up easily. Keep in mind, that I hadn't really been collecting coupons with this in mind.

The photo at the top of this post shows items collected. All of them cost about $10. To buy them without coupons and watching for sales/clearances would be about $70.

You'll notice there's no food -- it's pretty tough to get food items for a few cents but there are great deals to be had for 50 cents to a dollar per item. That's where a little seed money is needed.

For example, I spoke to the manager at the Rexall drugstore and they said they'd call me when they're marking cereals down to $1 a box. I think it would be great to buy up a case if that happens.

Feedback Needed

So here's what I'd like everyone to give feedback on. Should we designate up to $50 per month as seed money from the bottles/cans/Kijiji sales etc. to go towards donations for shelters and food bank items?

I'll scout good deals and use coupons where I can and try to make up a big box.

Please vote, email me or talk to me - what do you think? Have a better idea - suggest away.

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Friday, February 6, 2009

* Why Cows Shouldn't Climb Trees

Tai Shan Attacks a Tree

There's probably a few reasons cows shouldn't climb trees. First being black and white may look nice up in those lofty branches but it is not basic requirement for climbing trees. Before we look at some of the old ASCII art that I dug up showing why cows ought not to climb trees, there are lots of folks to thank who have helped with Gertrude and now Amistad.

This weekend Kelly dropped off a bag of bottles from her workplace: Robinson and Lukenchuk Optometrists. Many thanks to Kelly and her moo-valous co-workers.

Juliane, a new cow supporter, dropped off some things for the Kijiji virtual cow sales and the hockey skates have whizzed out the door as well as some other things. Many thanks Juliane for the donations to the cow.

Nancy, the lover of retro chairs, helped with a chunk of Gertrude as this wonderful stool was picked up by another chair connoisseur.

Tall Stool

I am about to post some vintage Swiss model railroad track, cars and more stuff. An old university friend was in town for Christmas and, of course, I had to tell the cow stories. It turns out he needed to pack up some things up from the family home so I now have the joy of trying to find a buyer for the model train works. Many thanks Michael and Jennifer I hope I can mooo-ve this right along to a train enthusiast.

Remember to check out the Kijiji items - you'll never know what treasure or household item that you'll find. A pineapple corer anyone?

And now, some retro Ascii Art

Ah for the days of the Saskatoon Free-Net, dial up over a 2400 baud modem that seemed like the speed of light after a 1200 baud and 300 baud modems before that.

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Cow perched on a tree. Cow attempting to fly off tree.
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The attempt results in an udder disaster.

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Credit: Ascii Cow Art by David A. Bader

Thursday, February 5, 2009

* Gertrude is Ready for Lift Off

Cow in astronaut suit

We're ready to purchase Gertrude, cow #15. Yes! Our first cow of 2009 is ready to go to a family in Bangladesh.

In January, we also purchased Mildred, a kick ass donkey, from the money raised at Kate's birthday party.

Mildred, a kick ass donkey from Oxfam

And here is the receipt for purchasing Mildred from Oxfam Unwrapped.
Receipt fro Mildred, a kick ass donkey from Oxfam