20-year-old Tufts University student, Hannah Steinberg, has turned a unique hobby of ‘coupon-clipping’ into something that’s helping a lot of people.
At the mere age of 10, Hannah Steinberg had saved up $300 to buy a real cash register that she used to keep track of her money.
And by 14, she became hooked on the reality show Extreme Couponing and decided to apply her interest in couponing to a good cause. Hannah began looking through circulars and cutting coupons that she took to stores like CVS and Target, and along with $500 she had saved up from babysitting, she purchased enough toiletries and canned goods to take to the Coachman Family Center, a local homeless shelter.
“My parents thought I was crazy at first, but once I showed them and everyone else how much $500 and coupons could get you, they realized I was on to something,” Steinberg told Today.com. “They’re now so supportive that they let me take over the dining room table and garage.”
But, it wasn’t always so easy, as Hannah explains, “There’s definitely a learning curve. I think the first delivery I gave them three toothbrushes and a few yogurts. It was so bad I honestly probably didn’t save that much money because I had no clue what I was doing.”
But by 18, with the help of family and friends, Hannah started her nonprofit charity, Our Coupons Care in October 2014, and has since donated $110,000 worth of goods to homeless shelters and hospitals.
So many people have been trying to help Hannah that along with donations, they give her 20-year-old coupons that are still effective!
“People don’t realize how many different types of coupons there are,” Steinberg said. “Within one store, there are a lot of options.”
Steinberg is excited for the future of Our Coupons Care, and credits her family and friends for making it possible to continue doing it at school.
“I feel lucky that I’m able to use my interests to help others,” Steinberg told Today.com. “It’s really fun for me!”
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