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Extreme Couponer Spends $38, Gets $3,000 Worth & Donates It All To Charity

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Clients at the Harriet Tubman Center in Minneapolis got a welcome surprise on Thursday.

A University of Minnesota student delivered goodie bags filled with all kinds of necessities.

And she was able to buy all the stuff she donated on a college student’s tight budget.

When Lindsay Gorelick is not studying for her economic classes, she’s busy clipping coupons.

She started collecting coupons to make ends meet, but then found others could also use her help.

“Some people don’t have shampoo? And some people don’t have toothpaste? How is that OK?” she said.

That passion inspired her to clip more coupons.

She has a binder full of bargains, organizing her coupons by color and items after combing the Sunday newspaper every week.

She’s been collecting coupons for more than a year-and-a-half — and that hard work has paid off.

Spending just $38, she got $3,000 worth of items, and she’s giving it all away to the Harriet Tubman Center.

Lindsay and her friends packed up 40 bags full of lotion, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner — items that clients at the Harriet Tubman Center can use.

“Even though I’m a college student on a really tight budget, and don’t have a lot of money, I can do something to help somebody else,” said Lindsay.

So far, Lindsay said she has donated more than $10,000 to charities by clipping coupons.

Sonya Goins, Producer
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