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Through all the devastation happening here in Texas with the flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, I have been amazed at the outpouring of community support. Shelters are overflowing with donations. Volunteers are lined up to help. People are coming from all over the country to help those in need. It’s just amazing to witness. Before you head to the store to stock up on supplies to donate here are a few ideas on how to make your donation dollars go further.
Find Out What is Needed
First, check with shelters before you head to the store to see what is actually needed. Many shelters in our area received so many donations they were turning items away and sending them to other locations. Our community Facebook page has been helpful in posting who is in need of what items. You could also go by the shelter and ask coordinators directly what it is they need.
How To Make Your Donation Dollars Go Further
Once you know what you’re going for there are a number of ways you can make your donation dollars go further. It is understandable that some people may only be able to give a certain amount. Using coupons, in-store sales, and rebate apps you can turn that amount into even more.
Let’s say you plan on spending $25 on donations and there is a $2 rebate for something you’re buying to donate as well as $3 for another item. You can actually buy $30 worth of donation items since you’ll be getting back $5 through the rebate app. Add in a couple of coupons and an in-store sale and you can turn that $25 dollars you’ve got budgeted into $35-$40 worth of donation items.
I bought my donation items at Target so my examples are mostly from shopping there. Here is an example of how I stretched my dollar at Target:
2 Boxes of Diapers $48.58
-$3.00 Cartwheel Coupon
-$10.00 Promo Gift Card
-$0.25 Ibotta Any Item Rebate
-$2.28 Target RedCard 5% Discount
$48.58 worth of items for only $33.05!
In Store Sales
Look for in store sales or specials and stock up on those items if needed. For example, there is a need for baby supplies. I headed to Target and saw they are having an in store special where if you purchase 2 packages of baby wipes you get a $5 Target gift card, 2 packages of diapers you get a $10 Target gift card, or 2 containers of formula you get a $10 Target gift card.
Look for paper or digital coupons to use before you head to the store. You can also ask neighbors for any coupons they may have to save even more.
Check rebate apps like Ibotta to get cash back on items you purchase for donations. Some items I saw on the Ibotta app that jumped out as being helpful donation items: $10 cash back on air mattresses and $2 cash back on socks & t-shirts.
The Target Cartwheel App has a perk for $10 off baby items. It also has coupons for baby wipes, diapers, bottles and formula.
Since I shopped at Target I used my Target Red Card (full explanation here) which gives you 5% off your entire purchase. I know stores like Kroger also offer loyalty cards that allow you to earn fuel points for discounts on gas so keep that in mind as well.
Every Little Bit Helps
You may not have a lot to give but every little bit helps. Using these ideas to make your donation dollars go further allows you to help even more.
If you’re not close enough to donate supplies and are looking for ways to help Texas flood victims you can use this link to donate to the Houston Flood Relief Fund started by JJ Watt: YouCaring.com/JJWatt