Lauren Puryear is an extreme coupon connoisseur who has gone viral for reaching her goal of feeding 30,000 people for free with extreme couponing.
Extreme couponing is an excellent way for families to save loads of cash, but for Puryear it has become a vehicle to help feed tens of thousands of hungry people.
Puryear, a mental health clinician from Woodbridge, Virginia decided last year at the age of 29, to feed 30,000 people before turning 30
Puryear began feeding those in need four years ago after the death of her grandmother, who taught her the importance of helping others.
To honor her grandmother Puryear started an organization called, For The Love of Others in 2012. The organization aims to assist people of all backgrounds “through providing opportunities to enable them to live a purposeful life.
Though Puryear had been buying food in bulk from stores like BJ’s and Costco, she wasn’t able to help as many people as she hoped because of the costs. She wanted to help more people.
When someone told her about couponing, Puryear quickly realized there was a way to help thousands more hungry people.
“After I couponed for 50 jars of Ragu sauce and 100 boxes of Barilla pasta all for free, I knew I was going to make a difference in the world,” says Puryear
Puryear not only hit her goal of feeding 30,000 people, she did it before turning 30. Puryear doesn’t turn 30 until September, so who knows how high the number could reach.
“I will keep on feeding until then and see what number I can get up to,” she said. “Maybe 300,000!”
Puryear is a true inspiration to us all. It reminds us that there are good people in the world that really want to help people. Let her story inspire all of us to go out and help people in need.
I can’t wait to see how many people she is able to feed by September!