“Remember there’s no such thing…”

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
– Scott Adams 

Random Act of Kindness and Gratitude #5 – This act is something that my mother does, but I only recently learned about.  Many people clip coupons, but not all of us do.  There is a lot of money that can be saved using coupons, but it is a time consuming process of sorting through them and cutting them out, (or finding them online and printing them out) keeping them organized and then remembering to use them when you are in the store.  My mother is actually quite good at it.  She collects coupons each week to take to the grocery store with her and has gotten the system down to a science.  Since most coupons have an expiration date, that also has to be accounted for in the process because sometimes the coupon is not needed to be used before it expires.  

What my mother does if she has a coupon that is not yet expired, but probably will expire before the next time she goes shopping, is find the item in the store and leave the still good coupon on top of it.  For example, if she has a coupon for peanut butter, but does not need to buy it herself, she finds the peanut butter that matches the coupon, and puts the coupon on the item so that someone who is coming to buy the peanut butter will find the coupon and be able to benefit from it!  

Apparently she has been doing this for a while, but I only just learned about it.  It doesn’t take very long to do, but it may help out someone else and give them a pleasant surprise while they are doing their grocery shopping.  I was so proud when I learned about my mother doing this random act of kindness that I wanted to share it and suggest it to all of you.

Again, this idea is an easy idea that requires no money and very little effort.  We can do things like this in any (clothing, home improvement, pharmacy, etc.) store that sends out or offers a coupon.  Before you throw away a coupon that you don’t need, stop and see if you can leave it for someone else to use.

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On a similar note, today’s Word of the Day from dictionary.com was beneficence.  So, feelings of kindness and charity are already in the air…

Happy Sunday.  ~Melissa 🙂

5 thoughts on ““Remember there’s no such thing…”

  1. I like to pay the toll for the car behind me. The funny thing is that my exit is immediately after the tollbooth so most times people don’t even get to see who paid their toll! It’s such a simple thing to do and I’m sure it makes the other person smile, if even just for a moment. Sixty cents well spent!

    Denise

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  2. If everyone took the same approach as your mom in helping others, the world would be a much better place. Very impressed with the quality of this blog…Thanks Melissa.

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  3. djen,
    Thanks for the comment. I am not sure what you need help with…but I’d be happy to help if I can!

    Denise,
    Thanks for the suggestion! I think that is a really great idea. I know that I would appreciate it if someone helped me out at the toll booth because I don’t have EZ-Pass and I am always that person…scrambling to find money to pay the toll! A smile even for just a moment can be a powerful thing!

    Ben,
    I certainly agree with you; my mom sets a great example!

    ~Melissa 🙂

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  4. I just wanted to let you know that when I was shopping last week I found a coupon lying next to an item I was buying. I know that I was grateful that someone put it there.

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