|There is another bunny hiding behind |
the blue one on the right.
I did spend some money this week and it was for stuffies. I always include "something to love" in my boxes. Small stuffed animals or dolls can be so comforting to a child in crisis. I like to buy quality ones so they last the longest but I get them on clearance or on Ebay in lots and my limit right now
is supposed to 75 cents to a dollar. But I have such a soft spot for stuffed animals and dolls that it is hard for me stick to that. I just love the thoughts of a child cuddling with these so when I see a really cute or soft one I can't resist. My grocery store had these on clearance from $5 to $1.25. I did restrain myself and only bought 5 (I left at least that many). Maybe next week they will still be there and be cheaper :-). Another reason I like to buy these when I find them even if a little over my budget is that I want a variety of items to make each box special. I plan to pack 100 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this fall and with buying stuff on clearance in lots it can be difficult to make them unique. I hope to do that with the stuffed animals as much as possible and a handmade item in each.
Total Value: $30+ (can't put a price on the free zippered bag so I put in $.50)
Total Spent: $6 + tax
Saved: 80% + (edited to correct percentage)
Our Youth Pastor's wife was having a "spa" night with the girls this Friday and emailed to ask if I had any stocked goodies that they could use to make bags up for the ladies and children at the abuse/homeless center for women in our town. I was so excited that I had some things I could send to add to what the leaders and girls were bringing. Many items are still in boxes from our move two weeks ago, but I dug around and between my daughters and I we were able to send over 50 items (from sanitary pads, nail clips, shampoo, wash cloths, toothpaste, razors, etc. for the ladies to cleaning supplies and laundry soap for the center itself). I didn't put these items in shoe boxes this time, but the same effect was felt by the ladies receiving the bags the youth girls put together.
If you'd like an opportunity to join couponers nationwide in giving, check out my post about the upcoming Couponing for Community event May 6 - 12. Nothing special to do but find someplace in your community to donate to and report the number of items you give. Last year over 26,000 items were donated.