Couponing is a method of acquiring goods through discounts offered by coupons. Now add the word “extreme” to it. What you get is hundreds of dollars worth of groceries paid with coupons and only a few dollars — that is extreme couponing. This practical procedure in saving money has received so much attention that a reality TV show was made to show the lifestyles of people who take couponing to heart. And without a doubt, it’s called Extreme Couponing. This program has received considerable interest because it shows what shopaholics go through to purchase remarkably inexpensive items that they may or may not need. In short, they buy a lot of stuff because they can.

No matter how stingy extreme couponing sounds, it can be put to good use and it has. By accumulating handfuls of coupons, using them to buy products in bulk, and then donating them to charity- that’s how. This truly altruistic method of spending coupons was introduced by 20-year-old Hannah Steinberg.

Though just a simple Tufts University student right now, Hannah came up with the brilliant idea of responsibly using coupons while she was watching the TV show Extreme Couponing. She first began following the show when she was in high school. One day, as she was watching, the idea to use couponing as a means to donate to charity struck her. As of now, she’s donated more than $100,000 worth of household items and groceries to numerous charities using the techniques she’s learned from the television program, according to the Boston Globe. Hannah has even founded a non-profit organization dedicated to the philanthropic use of coupons named “Our Coupons Care.” She receives the money for her purchases by imploring donations. According to Hannah, she is able to make “every dollar count for four to five dollars.”

Ivan Smith is a youth coordinator at Coachman Family Center in White Plains, New York, according to the Next Shark, and his shelter is one of the recipients of Hannah’s donations. So far, his shelter has already received more than $100,000 in products from Hannah. He says that she’s already had so much of a substantial impact on the lives of countless people and she still stays modest.

But philanthropic work is hard work. Handling a non-profit organization is time-consuming and tends to disturb academic life. However, Hannah still finds time to balance her education and philanthropy with support from her friends and family.

Her selfless actions have given her positive recognition from three government officials from New York, U.S. Representatives Eliot L. Engel and Nita M. Lowey, and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. To top the icing on the cake, June 28 was pronounced Hannah Steinberg Day in Hannah’s hometown, Scarsdale, New York.

Hannah Steinberg is an inspiration to the world, especially to all the 20-year-olds who want a day named after them.

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