Extreme couponer donates to people and animals in need


ADAMS COUNTY, Pa. (WHTM) – A Midstate woman is taking couponing to the extreme and donating to the Adams County SPCA, rescues, and churches.

Heather Downin gets about a dozen of the same coupon booklets each week. She saves 75 to 80 percent on what she buys and gives it away to help people and animals in need.

The coupon queen cuts, sorts through deals, and got hooked on couponing ever since she began getting things for free or almost free.

“Once you start getting it really, really cheap, then you start getting stockpile going, then you go and buy the shelves, then you go and clear out a whole room, and then the next thing you know, you have all this stuff,” Downin said.

Downin packed part of her stockpile into two vehicles Saturday morning. She then brought her mom and sister to two different Dollar General stores in Hanover so she could do six different transactions and stay organized.

“I go on Wednesdays on freestufffinder.com,” Downin said. “I look at the flyers for next week that’s starting Sunday.”

Heather got $149.24 worth of pet products for only $45.74 during her trip. She’s donated thousands of dollars worth of items in the past year. She does this by taking other people with her to Dollar General stores. Each person must have a transaction of at least $25 and use a maximum number of coupons to stay within Dollar General’s coupon policy, as ABC27 News verified with Dollar General’s corporate headquarters.

Her tips for extreme couponing include not using a coupon unless something is on sale and never throwing your coupons away until they expire.

“I think that the biggest thing is it keeps our shelves full. It definitely shows that we have a community that wants to support us and loves the animals just as much as we do,” said Angie Graff, shelter technician at the Adams County SPCA.

“When you see poor dogs and stuff that need homes and stuff, I can’t bring them all home with me, but I can try and feed them all, give them treats and everything as much as I can in that way,” Downin said.

Heather will be teaching a couponing class at the Adams County SPCA. They’ll post information about it on their Facebook page.

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