I have made a list of organizations and places I want to donate to. First up on my list is the Ronald McDonald House. I am designating $25 per organization. I take a look at the their wish list, and use coupons, sales, and my deal finding-hound dog-spidey sense to get those items. So I buy as much as I can for the $25 I've designated.
I'd love to encourage anyone who wants to take this challenge with me to join in! I've had about 2 weeks of deal finding so far and I do have some items that I won't specify in this post but I will share today's finds.
I spent $31.50 on 17 toys that the original price was $98. My favorite buy was the Xia-Xia village and pets. The pets retail normally for $10.98 each, but were marked down to $3 each and the village was regularly $19.98 and it was marked down to less then $4. There's a child that will love that this Christmas!
So although my goal is $25 per organization, that is hard to stick to every month, especially when you come across some great deals and know that they are not on this months charity choice. Just participate at your comfort level. If $25 is not in your budget, try $20, $15, or $10. If you think you can go higher, by all means GO FOR IT! You might also find that you need to switch the charity you choice for this month for a different one on your list, depending on the types of items you are able to get a good deal on. Here is a list of my picks:
- The Ronald McDonald House
- Animal Shelter
- Crisis Pregnancy Center
- Food Bank
- Children's Hospital
- Local ministry that helps the homeless
- School supplies for Back to School time
- Shoe Boxes for Operation Christmas Child
- Angel Tree at Christmas
Another great deal I happened upon was at Best Buy after Christmas. They had a $20 coffee pot on sale for $4.99 and a $20 blender on sale for $7.99. I had a $10 rewards certificate so I was able to purchase both for $2.99. If I don't know of anyone getting married in the near future, this will make a great donation to a ministry that helps people recover from house fires.
Along with my list, I plan on making 4 Blessing Bags for the homeless, two to keep in my car and two to keep in my husband's car.
So who is with me? I'm not all high tech-fancy with my blog yet, so I don't have a linky thing, but will work on getting one. In the mean time, leave your comments and link to your site if you want to participate. If you don't have a site, no problem! But I'd still love to hear from YOU! What organization did you help for the month, what was your budget, and what were you able to purchase with that amount?
So have fun and give cheerfully! "Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver." - 2 Corinthians 9:7