How This College Student Scored $100k Of Products For Her Charity

Posted on: 11th February 2016

Think coupons are only good for the occasional saving on your family dinner? Think again! Tufts University student Hannah Steinberg, 20, is taking coupons to the next level with her highly successful charity initiative. Over the past five years, she has donated more than $100,000 in food and other provisions to hospitals, shelters, and international aid organizations.

SO what inspired Steinberg to take on the task? In ninth grade, she watched a coupon reality TV show, which influenced her to start shopping for a cause. Although she enjoyed the show, she couldn’t stop thinking about the giant stockpiles.

"I was shocked they would keep it for themselves and they wouldn't do anything with it," said the college student.

"They'd have like 50 cans of tomato sauce and they'd never be able to use all of it."

As such, Steinberg used her school's community service requirement as an excuse to start couponing, using the vouchers to collect items for a family shelter. To bulk up her donation, she later invested $500 of her babysitting money in the cause, and posted a message to her network, along with a photo.

"If you donate $500 to another charity that's amazing, but that $500 is only $500 – look what I was able to get for that amount," the message said.

After this inaugural donation, a family friend helped her establish a tax-deductible charity, which she named Our Coupons Care. 

So how does she balance running a charity initiative with a double major in psychology and child development? She gets help from friends, uses spreadsheets to track store promotions, and takes time off to relax and focus on the project.

"If you would've told me three years ago that in college I would still be doing this I would've been like, 'Nope, that's absolutely impossible,' " she said.

"But I think I just missed it so much so I definitely think that as long as there are funds to keep going up I will definitely be doing it."

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