Well it is with a little sadness that I end our 12 week challenge. We’ve learned how to meal plan, make a list, freeze things and even get free items at the drugstore. This is my favorite week and is all about how to give on a budget.
So often when we see a need we think that the only way to give is money but that’s simply not the case. There are three other great things you can give that don’t require a lot of money:
1) Your time. Places are often calling out for volunteers. From helping at a resale shop that supports a great cause to lending time at an animal shelter, these are examples of ways we can donate time.
2) Your expertise. Do you know how to build a house or even just how to paint? Habitat for Humanity may be able to use you. How about by giving your services as a consultant or help with accountant.
3) Your freebies. Yup, for those of you who’ve been around here long enough you know what I mean: Grab toiletries from Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid because they’re free and sometimes you make money using a coupon. Then, donate them. Women’s shelters love toiletries, food pantries can always use peanut butter that you didn’t need 20 jars of but got for free. There are fab places that ship supplies to our servicemen oversees that would really help them.
Donate paint brushes and other supplies from Menards freebies to Habitat for Humanity.
How to Donate
I highly recommend checking out an organization you love and asking them what you can do. For me that was Operation Christmas Child. A long time ago my husband and I started packing shoe boxes to send to needy kids all over the world. I shopped the sales year long, checked out clearance racks for great deals on good quality products, did the rounds of stores during school supply season and sent numerous boxes. Last year because I clipped coupons, watched sales and got creative we were able to pack 45 shoe boxes for $45!!! That’s a lot of kids we were able to help on our one income. I even made a video about it below and did a series here that may help you to think creatively. The boxes weren’t cheap looking, simply filled with good quality items I got for FREE or cheap!
Now the biggest way I help them is to tell all my friends, the MOPS groups I speak at and you guys about what a fab organization they are. I am truely blessed to be a blessing.
Another link is my article here on Places to Donate School Supplies.
Beth and I are are big supporters of companies that give back and that’s why we’re delighted this week to partner with Peter Pan peanut butter to bring you this challenge.
· Peter Pan is the smooth, creamy peanut butter that the whole family can enjoy and is available in eight flavors (creamy, honey roast creamy, reduced fat creamy, whipped creamy, plus creamy, crunchy, honey roast crunchy and reduced fat crunchy). Plus, it’s the only peanut butter my Hubby adores!!!
They partner with Feeding America which is an extremely cool organization so you know by buying Peter Pan you’re helping support a worthwhile cause.
The Feeding America network of more than 200 food banks across the nation distributes food and grocery products to approximately 63,000 local charitable hunger-relief agencies that address hunger in all its forms. Relief Agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, Kids Cafes, community kitchens and other organizations that provide emergency food assistance to more than 37 million Americans, including 14 million children.
· Since 1993, ConAgra Foods and the Foundation have dedicated both food and funds to Feeding America resulting in donations of nearly 247 million pounds of food and nearly $35 million dollars toward alleviating hunger.
So, what are you going to win? Peter Pan is giving away 4 jars of their yummy peanut butter to one lucky winner!
What are you going to donate this week and to where?
Each task below that is completed is worth one (1) additional entry. All are option, but give you more changes to win!
- “Like” the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp on Facebook!
- Follow @MummyDeals and @InGoodCents on Twitter and tweet – I’m kicking my budget’s butt w/ @ingoodcents & @mummydeals! Could your budget survive? #budgetbootcamp #giveaway http://bit.ly/b1UbEu
- Add the button for the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp to your website’s sidebar.
- Blog about your personal experiences with this challenge and link back, so your readers can start kicking their budget’s butt!
- Subscribe to Mummy Deals via RSS or e-mail
- Subscribe to In Good Cents via RSS or e-mail
The Fine Print – Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, September 21 at midnight Eastern. Winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on In Good Cents on Wednesday, September 22. This giveaway was sponsored by Peter Pan We were not compensated for this post, but did receive free products for us . Regardless, as always, all opinions are our own!