At 40 years old, Envy Love is one of many students redefining themselves at Montgomery College. What separates her from her peers who have chosen to return to college is that she is an “extreme couponer” who launched a nonprofit in order to help people in need. Extreme couponing is a practice that combines shopping skills with couponing in an attempt to save as much money as possible while accumulating the most groceries.
Love was raised by a single mother, who often worked three jobs. At times, she and her family lived in homeless shelters in Florida. With those hard days behind her—but not forgotten—she started the nonprofit organization, Paint the Town Red with Love, and dedicated it to helping people in need.
Love says her organization’s focus is to help the homeless and single moms. She donates most of her “hauls,” purchases made at significant discounts by extreme couponing, to homeless shelters. Items include personal care products such as shampoo and soap, as well as food. She has recently donated makeup for homeless shelter residents. Love keeps a stockpile of products all over her home, which might be more than a thousand items at a particular point.
“Sometimes women just want to look beautiful,” she says.
Love also has her own YouTube channel, in which she teaches others how to become extreme couponers.
“There are plenty of people out there who could greatly benefit from saving some money,” she said.
There are a lot of people who need help, and being able to see those people smile is the best.
Love moved to Maryland in 2016 and started taking classes at the College in fall 2018. She is pursuing a degree in criminal justice and hopes to transfer to a four-year institution to eventually become a forensics detective.
Recently, Love has starting collecting teddy bears and blankets. She plans to donate teddy bears to children battling cancer and blankets to the homeless ahead of the cold winter months.
Love also carries around “blessing bags” in her car to give to panhandlers and homeless people in parks. These bags include personal care items, a bowl, and cans of soup.
Moving forward, Love would like to start a nonprofit focused on helping homeless individuals get jobs and apartments, as well as build and operate her own homeless shelter and community pantry in Germantown.
“There are a lot of people who need help, and being able to see those people smile is the best,” she says.
Through her recent extreme couponing deals, Love is making a large donation to the MC food pantries, which allow students to have access food and personal care items they need.
To learn more about extreme couponing or to donate to Envy Love’s organization, she can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.