Mom takes extreme couponing to a new level, using it to feed thousands in need

Clipping coupons, for most of us, is a way to put money back into our own pockets, but one Virginia woman is using extreme-couponing tactics for the greater good—by buying groceries on the cheap and feeding the homeless. According to, Lauren Puryear rounds up Sunday-circular coupons, finds coupons online, and enlists friends and family to scour for deals, too. Then, she and fellow volunteers hit the stores, before work, after work, during lunch breaks to get around the caps limits on certain promotions. Once the stockpile of ingredients is ready, they turn out tasty, healthful meals for the local homeless population. They set up tables and serve the dishes right on the street, to any unsheltered people in need of food—often, 100 to 500 people at a time.

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