News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Jill Gerschutz, Credit Union of Ohio
(614) 340-1713; jgerschutz@cuofohio.org

COUPON CHALLENGE CHANGES SPENDING HABITS, GIVES BACK TO COMMUNITY

(Hilliard, Ohio)  Credit Union of Ohio’s Couponing for Good Challenge impacted the spending habits of its participants and collected over 350 items and 425 pounds of food and household items for charity. After hosting a free couponing workshop focused on budgeting techniques and ways to save through the use of coupons and money-saving apps at its Hilliard branch April 2, attendees were invited to participate in Credit Union of Ohio’s inaugural Couponing for Good Challenge. 

Fourteen challenge participants signed up and were each given a $25 Visa gift card to perfect their couponing skills and share experiences over a four-week period, from April 3 to April 30, 2016. Items purchased using the provided $25 gift cards were donated to Mid-Ohio Foodbank. More than 425 pounds of goods were collected from challenge participants, staff and members—an amount estimated to sustain a family of four for nearly 30 days. Several participants were able to save as much as or more than they spent.

"I know for a fact I at least saved $25 or $30 on all these items," said participant Dion Josey. "The soap alone was $19, so pretty much that would have been all of my money, and I got it all with my coupons for $3.60."  

Participants were surprised by the amount of money saved and enjoyed participating to give back to the community. All participants were rewarded with an additional gift card upon completion of the challenge. 

“It was a rewarding community project modeled after our ‘people helping people’ philosophy,” said Jill Gerschutz, VP of Marketing & Strategic Planning at Credit Union of Ohio. “We enjoyed helping participants put new savings techniques into practice immediately and many said they will use the new coupon techniques learned more frequently.”

A People's Choice contest was held through Credit Union of Ohio’s Facebook page which garnered hundreds of votes. Challenge participant Stephanie McCormick was announced as the People’s Choice winner May 10. 

Individuals interested in attending future workshops can sign up here: http://bit.ly/21EyOFN

Credit Union of Ohio serves state employees in all of Ohio’s 88 counties and the entire community of Franklin and Fairfield Counties. It is a $130 million state-chartered credit union with 19,500 members.

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Individual participant photos: http://bit.ly/1q1YhuP

Couponing for Good Video: https://youtu.be/yesfDrTWIFs

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