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On Day 9 I made my first Kiva loan and the giving will continue for a lifetime.
Day 352: Give 352
It all started with $125 loan. It has now turned into giving an additional $220 worth of loans. How does that work?
I just keep re-giving the funds. I even get an email reminding me when my loan has been repaid or a portion of the loan, so I am able to give again. You can choose your loans by region, gender even the type of business you would like to support. You can give a Kiva Gift Card for birthdays and holidays ( I did just that on Day 163 to my nephews – an additional $50).
Today my loan went to a group of women in Viet Nam. I like to support women around the world to start and grow businesses. This photo instantly grabbed me. The strength and determination in these women’s faces was obvious. The women are in the agricultural business and you know how hard they must work to raise their families and manage the business at the same time. I was honoured to assist them in any way I could.
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Time Commitment: 3 minutes to reinvest my loan
Cost: $50 loan that cost me nothing part of my original $125 loan.
What if there was a way to shop twice as much and help the planet?
Day 349: Give 349
My husband calls me cheap. I call myself a value shopper. Before I make a purchase I always ask myself a few key questions.
1) Is the purchase helping the planet or adding to it’s distruction?
2) Will it harm me or my family (how toxic is the item)?
3) Will it add more waste to our already overfilled landfills?
4) Does the company I am purchasing from give back with the purchase? (one for one to charity like Tom’s Shoes or a portion of the sale going to charity)
5) Is it a really good deal! (on sale, deep discount, FREE!)
I needed two new items this weekend – a stroller and a dresser for my sons room. My husband and I hit a few stores to check out styles and pricing. He found the exact stroller that had all the gadgets to suit our needs and wanted to buy it on the spot. It would have cost us $400! The dresser – another $300. Money I would much rather give to charity.
I told him we would wait and I would go shopping on one of my favourite sites for both items.
The Craigslist. If you are not familiar with the Craigslist you need to take a look. You can search by your city as they have them all over the world. It is a free online classified site where you can buy what you need or sell what you want to get rid of. (let’s avoid the landfill!) You can find a house to a car to a pair of shoes. When it comes to kids gear it is the best place to look. As fast as we buy the gear for our kids we are ready to get rid of it as kids move to a new stage of their life or it just wasn’t the perfect item for your needs after all.
What I love about the Craigslist is it is the perfect place to reuse an item.
Do we really need one more brand new stroller in the world that will one day get dumped into a landfill and never decompose?
Have you ever thought of all the toxins that come off a new stroller and into your child’s body?
My search began and in just minutes I found exactly what I wanted:
The matching dresser to go with my son’s bed ($120 no tax vs $300 with tax)
The stroller my husband wanted in the store (just 4 months old barely used). ($100 no tax vs $400 with tax)
Savings: Over $500
The next time you decide you need to make a purchase go check out 3 of my favourite sites for shopping. It will save you money and save the planet.
If you have a favourite site you use for reusing and purchasing items leave us a comment and we will share it!
Time Commitment: 1 hour longer than buying it in the store
Cost: I saved over $500 (taxes included) by buying second hand
But I love wholesome food that makes my body feel good from the inside out. What if the food we purchased gave back to our bodies and gave back to the world?
Day 323: Give 323
Some people like to shop for shoes and other for cars. I like to shop for food. I love beautiful grocery stores that make shopping an experience rather than a chore. I spend much time in grocery stores shopping for my family. I am drawn to stores where you can find a unique selection of products that I know give back to my body, my families body and to the planet.
My most recent discover was Deep River Snacks. I didn’t pick them up because the bag had big lettering on it saying “GOOD FOR YOU!” The flavour drew me in “Twist of Lime”. Next I picked up the bag and read it. Between the ingredients and the companies philosophy of giving back I was sold.
“We’re lucky, we get to come in to work each day and make snacks we love… So we understand that we have a responsibility to our planet and to people that aren’t as lucky as we are. That’s why we choose to give back.” A quote taken directly from the Deep River Snacks charity page.
Here is the great part. Each bag has a different dedicated charity. For example my “Twist of Lime” tortilla chips supports Caroline’s Miracle Foundation.
But each bag is different. It’s a fun match – do you find your favourite flavour or do you find your favourite charity on the bag and support it by eating this healthy snack.
Now you ask me how is a bag of chips good for you?
- All Natural
- No Artificial Preservatives
- No Artificial Flavours or Colours
- No Cholesterol
- No Trans Fat
- No MSG
Don’t get me wrong – It’s not like it’s replacing the “apple a day that keeps the doctor away” but as treats go this is a good choice.
Shop for good. Give to your body and give back to the world.
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Time Commitment: 0
Cost: Money I would spend shopping just made a good choice