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Last Edited by Schooby January 26, 2016 at 04:52 PM
Most of us playing at the drugstore game have managed to accrue a fair amount of items that we dont actually need but may be very useful to others. Typically what I do is:

1. Give to friends and family in exchange for coupons when needed.
2. Have a garage sale with all items that I wouldnt use over the next year that F & F didnt already take. I never included meds or food items in the garage sale, I was uncomfortable doing this. If I had candy beyond what I and my parents needed for Halloween I would make those a GWP. People always tried to get to the GWP spend level if they were close so I recommend doing this if you can. Smilie
3. Donate all meds/ HBA/ school supplies we didnt need to a local organization in the capital region of NY called CAPTAIN. It's kind of hard to define what CAPTAIN was...it wasnt really a shelter or foodbank, it basically just tried to fill the needs of local residents needing assistance. You could get food, toiletries, clothing (I think), tutoring for your children, etc.. They never denied anything I brought in, it was fantastic. I would also try to get items on their wish lists when possible.

This system always worked really well for me, I usually had all the coupons I needed, made a little money back from the yard sale to offset taxes, gas used chasing deals and such and I was able to donate to an organization I saw out in our community doing great things.

However we have recently moved so I would love to hear ideas of where you have been able to donate non traditional donation items so I know what kinds of places to approach with my donations. TIA for suggestions on what kinds of places might have an interest!

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oops..yes, fixed my post. Comes out to ~50 cents for 17 dawn and a whole lot of other junk which I need to feel less attached to and have to courage to throw away (read that advil and nexxus)

I hope you donate, as many people would be happy to have shampoo, nail clippers, files, etc..

If you can't get to a donation place I box/bag items & put them in various donation bins in parking lots.

I don't care for that particular shampoo, but if it was that or no shampoo I would certainly be happy to have it,

I hope you're not really filling a landfill when there are so many needy people out there.
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i hope you're kidding about throwing it away, there are plenty of people that would be happy with the advil and nexxus. i can't stand waste...
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I hope you donate, as many people would be happy to have shampoo, nail clippers, files, etc..

If you can't get to a donation place I box/bag items & put them in various donation bins in parking lots.

I don't care for that particular shampoo, but if it was that or no shampoo I would certainly be happy to have it,

I hope you're not really filling a landfill when there are so many needy people out there.
Yes, not literally throw, sorry wasn't clear. Couple of years back I gave a couple big boxes of stuff to someone through CL who claimed to run a homeless shelter (although I had doubts on it). Then the year after I gave stuff to an actual homeless person I saw sitting outside my RA. She was very happy with everything. Since then I tried to give to a couple of hospitals but none would take. So its all eating up space in my home since then. I like the idea of putting in a bag and leaving it in/outside the donation bins.
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*snip* I like the idea of putting in a bag and leaving it in/outside the donation bins.
I figure it will get to someone who can use it that way & they're in so many parking lots it's easy to just bag up stuff from the trunk or backseat and toss it in. I make sure to double bag, in case there's the possibility of leakage since many of the bins are mainly clothes, blankets, etc..,but I know some of the bins are run by organizations that have stores, so even if they plop .50 on it & someone gets a nice deal on a useful product I'm good.

Some weeks the "stuff" builds up way too fast & I tired of bringing it in my place or Mom's to try to re-home to friends, etc....so now, besides food, it pretty much goes in the donation bin boom boom clean car. Girly

When various stores have bins set-up for children or seniors I utilize those also. In a perfect world I would be totally organized and sort stuff for the various groups, but the lazy bin way at least keeps the stuff from landfills & helps someone.

Extra pet food goes in the bin at all the major pet stores, even if it came from a grocery store or Target. Most every pet store has the donation bins between the set of doors to enter the store or right inside for various shelters. So if I can get cheapie free dog food in it goes, along with cat treats or food my crazy crew doesn't care for.

Drives me crazy to hear people get mm or free pet food @ grocers or Target & chunking it in the garbage, even if it isn't the highest quality food.
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Yes, not literally throw, sorry wasn't clear. Couple of years back I gave a couple big boxes of stuff to someone through CL who claimed to run a homeless shelter (although I had doubts on it). Then the year after I gave stuff to an actual homeless person I saw sitting outside my RA. She was very happy with everything. Since then I tried to give to a couple of hospitals but none would take. So its all eating up space in my home since then. I like the idea of putting in a bag and leaving it in/outside the donation bins.
Try to find a women's center to donate to. That's where I take all of my stuff. They are happy to take men's stuff as well, for the boys that come with their mothers.
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Yes, not literally throw, sorry wasn't clear. Couple of years back I gave a couple big boxes of stuff to someone through CL who claimed to run a homeless shelter (although I had doubts on it). Then the year after I gave stuff to an actual homeless person I saw sitting outside my RA. She was very happy with everything. Since then I tried to give to a couple of hospitals but none would take. So its all eating up space in my home since then. I like the idea of putting in a bag and leaving it in/outside the donation bins.
Food pantry--shampoos & stuff can't be bought with food stamps so food pantries are a great way to put stuff in the hands of people who need it. My pantry won't takes meds though. I haven't found a good place for those.
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Donations of any kind?

CHURCHES

Easier then looking up a women's shelter (which may hide the location for good reason - to protect the vulnerable), easier then leaving in a bin.

Go to ANY church, find the office. Tell them you have donations. Either they will have a parishioner(s) who need donations or they work with homeless outreach, a shelter, etc. Our church belongs to a great ministry where once a month people with ID for our county can come and pick up toiletries which food stamps do not cover.

Many many bottles of Vo5, diapers, feminine products etc have gone to that cause.
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Food pantry--shampoos & stuff can't be bought with food stamps so food pantries are a great way to put stuff in the hands of people who need it. My pantry won't takes meds though. I haven't found a good place for those.
I have donated many of my otc meds to my kids' elementary school for the teachers. The secretary always kept a stash for them. Allergy meds were especially appreciated!
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I have donated many of my otc meds to my kids' elementary school for the teachers. The secretary always kept a stash for them. Allergy meds were especially appreciated!
Free clinics will take meds and vitamins too Smilie
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I too have a lot of Nexxus and children's OTC I'd like to donate but people don't like donations around here.

5 churches did not answer my email. I called a homeless shelter - they don't accept donations (what's up with that?). I asked a homeless woman outside my RA if she would like some snacks, she said, No, thank you. I'm going to try the local school if they'd like the OTC. Thanks for that suggestion. ^^
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Thank you for the suggesions. I have so many boxes of Bandaids, Children's OTC, etc. I would like to donate. Will try area schools and free clinics. When my kids were in elementary school, I had to bring two boxes of Bandaids/kid at the benning of a school year. That was before I started couponing so I had to buy them.
I have not been shopping at RA because I have accumulated too much.in less than two years of coupon shopping at RA. Need to reduce my inventory first and will start shopping again.
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Thank you for the suggesions. I have so many boxes of Bandaids, Children's OTC, etc. I would like to donate. Will try area schools and free clinics. When my kids were in elementary school, I had to bring two boxes of Bandaids/kid at the benning of a school year. That was before I started couponing so I had to buy them.
I have not been shopping at RA because I have accumulated too much.in less than two years of coupon shopping at RA. Need to reduce my inventory first and will start shopping again.
I left a stash of OTC stuff at the breakroom at work and some feminine stuff in the ladies room. They were snatched up pretty quickly. For food items, my local library always has a box for food bank donations and that is where I drop food items off.
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I left a stash of OTC stuff at the breakroom at work and some feminine stuff in the ladies room. They were snatched up pretty quickly. For food items, my local library always has a box for food bank donations and that is where I drop food items off.
Thank you for the suggesiton. I just remembered that one of the libraries in my area has a food donation bin and also they get a free clinic van coming once a week.
Not only children's otc, I have quite a few adult pain meds/vitamins. I buy my own at Costco (may not be even as good as the ones I got at RA with coupons) but it is just easier to buy them at Costco.
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Yes, not literally throw, sorry wasn't clear. Couple of years back I gave a couple big boxes of stuff to someone through CL who claimed to run a homeless shelter (although I had doubts on it). Then the year after I gave stuff to an actual homeless person I saw sitting outside my RA. She was very happy with everything. Since then I tried to give to a couple of hospitals but none would take. So its all eating up space in my home since then. I like the idea of putting in a bag and leaving it in/outside the donation bins.
If you have a local Reuse it group (sort of like Freecycle), see if you can post OTC as offers. Our local group allows OTC to be posted as long as they are never open and not expired. 4-5 years ago I was doing lots of Rite Aid couponing and had some OTC and I found good homes and appreciative people for all my surplus.

It does take a bit of time to list things and there will be some no shows. But it was still worth the effort.

And when people see as a generous person on the list, they are more likely to pick you up for the items that you might be interested in that they have to offer on the list.
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Any chance a mod could move all the donation posts to chat?

Mod alerted my post in hopes that we can move the donation discussions. There are some good suggestions that Id love to be able to find again later without having to look through a bunch of weekly threads. Smilie
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