Tuesday, May 31

Green Tip Tuesday - Donations?

I've been doing lots of donating recently and it just got me to thinking.... how can we donate more eco-friendly?

Well, when I donate I usually do it when I have other errands in the area. I usually donate to my local church and food bank, so when I have errands in that vacinity I grab my "donation bag." I keep in the garage, and just toss it into the under carriage storage so it stays out of the way.

Also, I donate via coupons. I saw a lady buying 3 boxes of diapers at CVS (they had ECB's this week). Well, I handed her 3 $2 off coupons so she saved an additional $6! She thanked & thanked & thanked me! lol I just handed her my biz card and told her I was having a coupon class and that was it.

Another way would be donate from your garden! I have tomato, lettuce & herbs right now and clipped last week and gave them to my neighbor because we were going out of town and didn't want the animals (dogs/cats/squirrels) to get to them. I didn't use any gas or was it out of my way!

Last but not least I swapped coupons (yes, coupons again! lol) with a friend of mine last week and instead of taking money or anything, I gave her some of my BBQ sauce, mayo & extra hot dogs that I got last week for FREE! So when you know another can benefit from your FREEBIES, "buy" it.

Have them come to you! Places like the Good Will & Salvation Army may have a donation truck that can come to you! My grandmother always has items to donate, but she can't haul all that stuff into her car and then drive down the expressway to give them the items. She just calls the Salvation Army and schedules a Pick-Up!

So with summer just around the corner and people getting ready to go on vacation, do some donating before leaving. There may be others who won't be able to go on vacation, but giving them something they need might just make their day!

I'm also trying to help out a few local families this summer... it's awful hot in Texas, so waste no gas and donate to my Chip-In widget HERE, plus you get 1 entry per dollar you donate to win a $50 gift card to pass the kindness, plus entered to win a raffle!

6 comments:

  1. I like this ... we "talk" a lot about giving & donating and often the items we are donating are used and reusing (or offering something up for reuse) is green. But we don't often think about how we transport those used items. I really like your idea of making your donation as part of another trip. I also like your idea about giving away coupons and/or sharing "freebies" with friends & neighbors. When I find a coupon to use, I try to always print a full page (on previously used paper) ... since most coupons don't work for me, that means that I would print just one coupon on a piece of paper so, I choose other coupons and print them to give to neighbors ... they save money and I've used a full sheet of paper. Another idea that I've recently read about is to share coupons, free samples and freebies with places like the humane society or shelters. Anything that helps them cut down on overhead is a good thing.

    Great ideas ... thanks for sharing!

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  2. Just added your Button to my Blog :)

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  3. I have been donating ALL KINDS of coupons, as well as food, gently used clothing, new toiletries, etc to people that have been devastated by the tornados in massachusetts. The brunt of the damage occurred less than a mile from my house, and a LOT of my friends have been affected. Anything that I am not CURRENTLY using that is useful is something that I am willing to give!

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  4. I'm trying to get my family to be more "green" as well...little by little, I think if we can all do our part will make a big difference!

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  5. The Internet is also a great way to be Eco friendly in your donating! My friends and I swap coupons and shopping tips online all the time! It's also a great way to talk to others about swapping or donating clothes for churches or baby items so there's less driving or confusion as to who what where what time etc! I've recently meet up with quite a few people to swap or donate baby items and using the Internet before hand to communicate means I can plan accordingly and can include grocery shopping or another necessity in there with out wasting time gas or money!

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