Here is another opportunity I just couldn’t pass up. Walmart asked me if I’d like to see how many toys I could purchase for charity with a $100 gift card. I got to pick the toys, pick the local charity that would get the items, and all I had to do is share with all of you what exactly I did to get the most “bang for my buck”.
I live in an economically depressed area-and even though Yankee Bill and I regularly support our church and other charities (our favorites are those that help veterans, literacy related and Habitat for Humanity) I always wish I could give more. So saying yes to this campaign was a no brainer.
Before I headed out to Walmart I figured it would be a good idea to know who I was shopping for-so I choose a local charity-the Rotary. They always provide baskets for families in our town who are in economic need at Christmas. I also decided to help support the Giving Tree at my church.
Here is my experience:
Here are some of my tips:
1. Try to help as many families as possible. Yes-I could have gotten two Wii games or fancy Barbies, but then that’s only two children who are being helped. Instead I purchased 17 items with the $100.
2. Check out store brands. Walmart has it’s own line of toys-mostly for the younger set. You can often get items very similar to bigger brand names for a smaller price.
3. Scout out the sales. There were a lot of items that were reduced for the holidays-hit those things first & fill up your cart.
4. Shop all year long. If you have the money and the space to store it-you can get a lot of items for charity by shopping clearance throughout the year and then pulling it all out for Christmas.
What are some of your tips for getting a lot for you money when shopping for charity?
What are your favorite tips when shopping for charity?
Disclosure: This post is part of a campaign I am participating in with the Walmart Moms. Walmart has provided me with compensation for this post. My participation is voluntary and opinions, as always are my own.