College Student Uses Extreme Couponing to Donate $100,000 of Groceries to the Needy

Hannah Steinberg, a student at Tufts University, created a charity that donates goods bought with extreme couponing to the needy
Manic coupon-clippers are sometimes ridiculed, but Steinberg put her unusual hobby to an extremely worthy cause.

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Manic coupon-clippers are sometimes ridiculed, but Steinberg put her unusual hobby to an extremely worthy cause.

How many college students do you know who donate more than $100,000 to charity? We’re guessing you’re coming up a bit short. But Hannah Steinberg, 20, a junior at Tufts University, has gone above and beyond the call of a student’s philanthropic duty with her charity Our Coupons Care.

Steinberg, a resident of Scarsdale, New York, describes herself as an “extreme couponer” (aka someone who uses multiple sources of discounts and coupons to buy groceries — often in bulk — for a fraction of the original cost). She uses her quirky habit to buy groceries, household items, and electronics and donate the wares to homeless shelters and food pantries.   

Her charity to date has donated more than $100,000 worth of goods to local organizations.

“This has become something so much bigger than I would’ve imagined, for me and for the families,” Steinberg told The Boston Globe. “What I’m doing is very simple.”

Her work has been recognized by New York, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and U.S. Representatives Eliot L. Engel and Nita M. Lowey.

Ivan Smith, a youth coordinator at Coachman Family Center in White Plains, New York, and one of the primary recipients of her donated goods, says that Our Coupons Care has made “a significant impact” on the lives of families at the shelter. 

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