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Jen encourages women to embrace both the beauty and bedlam of their everyday lives at BeautyandBedlam.com. A popular speaker, worship leader, and author of Just Open the Door: How One Invitation Can Change a Generation, Jen lives in North Carolina with her husband, five children, and a sofa for anyone...

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  1. Jennifer,

    Thank you for the reminder! I find it amazing that around holidays people think of giving to the helpless, homeless and less fortunate. After the first of the year they seem to forget about it.

    Their needs don’t stop just cause the holidays are over. We need to remember them year round.

  2. What a great idea! I can hardly wait to put this to use.Buying stocking stuffers a year in advance–WOW! And having necessities on hand for those in need is what I truly appreciated about your post.
    Happy Day After Christmas!

  3. I am like you in so many ways – love to get a bargain and being one to plan ahead for those unexpected times to give – even when finances are sparse. I love sharing, giving and brightening someone else’s day and the added benefit that my children get to see this tangible way to express “love”. Instead of preaching to them, they see us living it out, which is always the best teacher. Thanks for always sharing your secrets to getting the good deal! Blessings for a wonderful New Year!

  4. Wonderful idea. Hopefully people are aware of expiry dates and do not give out dated items. While doing Christmas Cheer my sister told me about sorting through boxes of food, some of which had expired in 2006. It is good to remember to treat others as one would want to be treated.

  5. I LOVE these practical ideas! I love that you are already thinking of others and shopping for them, the day after Christmas! What a great example of practically serving and giving and PLANNING to do that. So often, we want to give to someone spontaneously, but because we haven’t planned for it, it becomes hard/impossible to do. I love that your whole attitude is one of giving, and that you have the foresight to plan accordingly.

    Thanks for sharing . . .

  6. Love these Ideas! I was planning to go out anyway today!
    Maybe some of those gift cards could be spent for eternal purposes!

  7. Great ideas! For those couponers who like to stockpile, why not stockpile for the local shelters? Food is always needed and yet so many couponers don’t take advantage of their abilities to stock pile and give that food away! My family is going to start a new tradition called the 12 months of Christmas. Each month we will choose one item(s) from the World Vision catalog to gift to those in need. The kids love that catalog and this will really help them wrap their minds around giving and taking turns choosing what is given and we can afford something each month, even if it’s not a lot!

    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

  8. my daughter coupons and gives a lot of her freebies and great deals to homelss shelters in her area also. She is teaching her 3 year old son the benefits of giving to those who are in a tough spot and the value of a dollar as well. Those who have been given much, much is expected. I am so prod of her thoughtfulness and generous heart. Thank you for sharing your generosity and your time with others and us.