The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Serious about saving: It's all in the coupons

Discounts help stock congregation's pantry

Bev Coody may get stares at stores when she purchases 40 packs of dental floss. But she's not running a dentist office from her home.

CLIFF GRASSMICK/times call, longmont,
Bev Coody talks about items she has saved money on through her coupon ministry. On Saturdays, she scours websites for deals and then clips coupons accordingly from inserts parishioners drop off at her church, Bethlehem Lutheran, Longmont, Colo.

Coody, a member of Bethlehem Lutheran, Longmont, Colo., is a coupon collector, and she uses her skills as a ministry for her congregation. The 24 rolls of deodorant and other supplies she gets for little or no money are targeted for a pantry at Bethlehem.

Clipping deals from the newspapers, which seems to have grown in popularity with the birth of reality TV shows such as Extreme Couponing, has been a lifelong activity for Coody.

"I grew up in a small town in Iowa, and back then we would clip out the coupons and make our grocery list," Coody said. "Now the coupons are more prevalent. And about a year ago I realized that if I could do this for my family I could do it for my church."

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