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I am a brand new Mom of a baby boy. I also have a 4 year old, 2 dogs and a husband. When I started 365give I thought giving and blogging everyday would be easy. Even if the opportunity to adopt of second child over the course my 365 day giving challenge presented itself I would have still have time to blog, tweet, FB but most importantly GIVE. It has become very apparent that it`s not possible to blog every day but giving is my passion and I believe if you are truly committed you can find a way every day.
With just 5 days left of 365 days of giving, and over 365 ways I have given back to the world Philanthroper has become one of my favourite ways to give. It is fast, easy and effective and my donation is part of a group contribution that is creating great change all over the world.
Day 360: Give 360
Winter is almost here. The days are getting shorter and colder. What if you didn`t have a pair of dry clean socks to wear on your feet to get your through the cold days? We all know if your feet are cold your hole body is cold.
Today`s Philanthroper deal was to make a $1.00 donation (or more if you choose) to Hannah`s Socks. This organization was inspired by a child that was willing to give up her own socks for someone that basically didn`t have a pair. That inspiration has now turned into a donation of over 355.000 pairs of socks to those in need. Sometimes we think that giving has to be complicated or you have to have a lot of money. Hannah`s Socks started by one little girl offering to give up her own socks to a man that needed them more than she did. They didn`t do it alone but with helping hands and donations from so many they are able to support people with the simple `give` of a pair of socks. Nothing complicated about a pair of socks.
Philanthroper gave me the opportunity to give today. For just a $1.00 I was part of a contribution that was $427 (an still growing) because we all donated what we could.
Everyday Philanthroper offers you a new way to give for just a $1.00 donation. Sign up, get the daily giving deal sent to your mailbox and every day you have the opportunity to give. Fast, easy and effective. No excuses not to give.
Time Commitment: 10 seconds
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.
Have you given to Kiva? Share your story with us!
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