Mission clients learn tips for using coupons
by Rachel Davis
Apr 08, 2014 | 953 views | 0 0 comments | 30 30 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DORA — The nasty weather wasn’t enough to stop more than two dozen people from attending the Mission of Hope’s coupon class Monday morning. The class, taught by Mission volunteer and “coupon queen” Judy Andrews, was open to clients of the Mission of Hope, as well as the public.

The class was aimed at helping people learn how to get the most from their grocery budget and their coupons, as well as how to organize them to reduce stress at the grocery store.

“In today’s economy, we all need help saving money or stretching our pennies. You especially need that help if you are struggling, on a fixed income or unemployed,” Mission Director Lori Abercrombie said. “Our goal is to help them live more productively on the dollars they do have.”

This class was the first in a series of classes planned to help clients and the public save money and stretch what they have. Future classes will be on creating and sticking to a budget, job readiness and other topics.

The job readiness class is slated for June, and is made possible by the Walker Area Community Foundation, Sumiton Walmart manager Jason Brown and his other managers, as well as other area businesses.

“We want to help them with services we don’t offer but are available to them,” Abercrombie explained.

Each attendee on Monday received a bag of supplies to help them get started on couponing.

After a game of “guess what I paid,” to illustrate how she saves with coupons, Andrews gave those in attendance several tips for using coupons, including to look for stores that double coupons, read the coupons to see what is included and trading coupons with friends or family.

The Mission of Hope is also setting up a coupon bank for its clients to use when they find an item they need. Clipped coupons can be donated to the Mission of Hope to be included in the share.

Anyone interested in becoming a supporter of the Mission of Hope or needing their food bank or other services, contact them at (205) 674-4766, visit their website at www.missionofhope.com or find them on Facebook.