Operation Christmas Child is very near and dear to my heart and to some readers too. To encourage you this week we’re going to be hearing from some people who love it just as much as I do as to how they’ve packed more shoeboxes for less moolah. This is from Lynette:
I saw your budget video about this time last year. At the time, I was packing 2 boxes. I set a goal for 12 boxes this year, wrote OCC in as a line item in my family’s budget, and started shopping last December.My husband and I picked up a few deals on Black Friday (little canisters of play-doh and a big package of Hot Wheels cars). Throughout the year, my daughter (age 7) collected Happy Meal toys from her own Happy Meals and any she could find unopened from family and friends. My husband hit the back-to-school sales and stocked up on pencils, crayons, etc. for just pennies. When Staples had rebates on batteries, we stocked up.
I pulled out my stash last night and found that, based on our budget and factoring in the $7/box, I couldn’t reach my goal of 12 boxes, but I could do 8. I headed to Wal-Mart this morning with my list and the cash from my OCC savings. I was able to purchase everything else I needed (including $0.97 plastic shoeboxes) with the money I had saved.The total came to within $1 of what was in my envelope. I was so excited! Even though I didn’t reach my goal of 12, I was able to quadruple the number of boxes we did last year. I’m excited to start over again and try for 12 next year.