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Match It Game Won in Blog Giveaway for Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Gift

Back in June I decided to fill more Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes 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.

What are your creative ways to fund your Operation Christmas Child shoebox habit?

If you want to see what else we get to pack you can check out our series here:  Shoebox Stockpile Saturday ~ Adding to Our Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Stockpile.


Suzanne Broadhurst said...

I love how you think outside of the box to fill your shoeboxes. I'm thinking it would be fun to make entering giveaways a lunchtime habit.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

It is fun to try to stretch the packing by entering giveaways. There are plenty out there -- almost any blog I visit has one sometime. And there are blogs that are almost exclusive to reviews and giveaways. My biggest win was a $200 Visa Gift card! Perfect for shoe box shopping. Spending just a little time each day really adds up. Let me know if you start entering on your lunch hours.

Kristy said...

What a perfect win! These are great quality puzzles too....we have some of this brand and the kids love them, so they are sure to be a hit for your shoebox recipients! :)

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

Thanks for the first hand report on these, Kristy! More excited now to tuck them in my boxes.

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