Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Cents-ible Provision

God comes up with the most fun ways of providing for our Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes.  Here's one of the latest in my world.

Our largest household expense is gasoline for our vehicles.  I drive a minivan that gets poor gas mileage but I use it constantly to haul things for shoeboxes so I feel it's worth the extra cost.

It's interesting, though, to see how God has been providing most of our gasoline over the past two years through purchasing items at our local grocery store with coupons.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may remember that God blessed us last September with a great deal on flexible cover notebooks from Target.

Many of them had a page of coupons in the front, and my husband thought I was crazy for taking the time to pull that coupon sheet out of each notebook.  I ended up with a pile of several hundred of them.  One of the coupons on that sheet was good for 75 cents off on any box of Puffs tissues.

Last November that made for a great deal on gasoline points.  By doubling the coupons I was able to buy 6 boxes of Puffs for $4.77 while receiving $15.00 worth of gas for my car.  That was like getting my gas for 70% off.  I bought over 120 boxes of tissues and got enough gas points for 120 gallons of free gas!

That lasted us until mid-January...but that's not all.

Just when the first batch of gas points ran out, the store repeated the exact same deal.  I had plenty of coupons left, so I bought another 120 boxes of tissues.  Now I have enough free gasoline to last until the end of March.

The boxes of tissues were too big for shoeboxes so they went to the local food bank but the money saved at the gas pump over those four months WILL go into shoeboxes for sure.

I still have coupons left and they don't expire until 6/30/13.

God really does come up with the most fun ways of providing for us.


  1. I love how God works! I have been picking up items for our shoeboxes. It feels so good to see my storage boxes filling up with things that will help little ones.