Many of you know that I am coordinating a Blog Carnival and Contest for the Operation Christmas Child charity. We’ll have a virtual packing party on MomTV Thursday, Nov 5. This is one of my favorite projects, because you can really put a personal touch to it, and even send a letter or family picture!
Clair from Mummy Deals is also hosting an “In Real Life” Packing party near Chicago! As I was talking with Clair on the phone last night, she shared with me her post series on How to give on a budget. And let me tell you, this girl can SAVE! SO I asked if I could share some of her tips here for those packing boxes for OCC. This is also useful for local homeless shelters, food pantries, etc.
Here are the first five tips in her ten part series:
1. Seasonal Clearance: Clair stocked up all year, after last Christmas, Valentines Day. Independence Day, etc. She recently found Dollar General summer Clearance at 90% off! I honestly live right near a Dollar General, but have only stepped inside once! Time to go back! Read this post here.
2.Freebies: If you read Mummy Deals, you will learn how to get FREE stuff from drugstores, mail orders, etc. Clair doesn’t just stockpile the stuff for the family, she gives it away! ~to Habitat for Humanity, friends in need, and of course, OCC! Read this post here.
3. McDonald’s and other Fast Food toys! Mine actually get thrown under the bed, lost in the abyss of the toybox, or eaten by the dog. I am going to start swiping them when the kids don’t play with them to stick in my OCC stash! Read this post here
4. Re-Gifting: Hmmm… Never thought about this for OCC, but it’s a great idea! We usually re-gift for the family “White Elephant” gift exchange. There’s a hideous Christmas sweater that’s been going around for years! Read this post here.
5. Promo Items/Swag: Oooh, I’m thinking I need to go through my bags from the Conferences I’ve been to and see what I can give. Oh, of course I wouldn’t give away the stuff from your company, just those other ones! Read this post here
What are YOUR tips for giving to charities on a budget?
This post included in Works for Me Wednesday at We Are THAT Family. Click here to see tons more tips!