Back in June I decided to fill more boxes which meant I needed to get creative financially. I decided to work on entering blog giveaways for gift cards or items that I can tuck into a shoe box. I enter at least several every day. I have won several so far--some have entries of less than 100 and some well up into the thousands.
Two things get accomplished by the wins. I can have a higher quantity of items to pack, but also I can have some nice quality items to pack at no extra cost. These beginner matching puzzles are a great example.
They are made by The Learning Journey. They are constructed of heavy, thick cardboard with bright colors and a glossy surface. I laid a 6" sewing measure beside them in this image to try to show you their size. They are about 5" square. I won two boxes of them and each has 15 sets. I am dividing them into sets of five each and will make little tote bags to tuck them into. This will give me enough for six of my 2 to 4 year old shoe boxes.
This win was from Frugality Is Free. She almost always has several giveaways going at once. Not all of them are good for my shoe boxes, but I enter those that are. She also puts up an ongoing giveaway linky each Friday with hundreds of blog giveaways listed where I find many more to enter.
What are your creative ways to fund your shoe box habit?