One woman has turned her thrifty shopping skills into a tool to help those in need.
Hannah Steinberg, a 20-year-old student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, is a wizard with coupons. But instead of just using discounts herself, the student, who was inspired by the TLC show "Extreme Couponing," purchases items to donate to homeless shelters and hospitals through her nonprofit Our Coupons Care.
As of 2015, the organization has donated more than $100,000 in canned goods, toiletries and gift cards to help those in need, according to the nonprofit's Facebook page.
Steinberg became "obsessed" with the TLC show when she was in ninth grade, according to her website.
“I saw the show and started to get addicted to clipping coupons and finding the best deals,” she told The Journal News.
Steinberg first began using the coupons to buy items to donate to Coachman Family Center, a temporary homeless shelter, as part of a school community service requirement, the outlet reported. From there, her efforts escalated.
Since then, she's donated food, toys and school supplies to organizations like Boston Children's Hospital and Toys For Tots. She tries to organize a donation drive at least once a month, The Boston Globe reported.
Our Coupons Care primarily uses coupons to purchase the items but uses monetary donations to cover any additional costs.
While it's a challenge to juggle school with her charitable efforts, the student says it's worth it.
“This has become something so much bigger than I would’ve imagined, for me and for the families,” she told the Boston Globe.
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