GUIDE TO SANE GIFT SHOPPING & GIVING
Events and occasions happen. You likely gotta shop for gifts. This Saturday, we can shop and help out a charity. For the 7th year, Macy’s partners with non-profit organizations in the annual Sh0p For A Cause. This event involves buying and using savings passes while you shop. Saving passes designated to specific charities.
The charity list includes the usual suspects like the American Cancer Society. It also includes booster groups and religious organizations. For instance, in Arizona, the passes support the Alzheimer’s Association, Recreation and Athletics for the Disabled, the Boys and Girls Club and many others. In Vermont, support the likes of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Safe Kids Vermont and Emma’s Foundation for Canine Foundation. In Kentucky, buy passes from the Bluegrass Domestic Violence Program, Boy Scout Troop 219, St. George’s Community Center and many other worthy organizations. Texas charities include Dallas Texans Soccer Club, Sacred Heart Community Clinic, Our Daily Bread Food Pantry and tons of others. Wisconsin saving pass beneficiaries include WI Basketball Games, Love and Charity Homeless Shelter, and Chippewa Valley Free Clinic.
You get the idea. It’s a very diverse group of charities.
Macy provides the registered charities with savings passes. The charities sell the passes for $5. Each charity keeps 100% of the proceeds from each sell. Saving passes sold directly by Macy’s benefit the March of Dimes.
What do you, the shopper, get? 25% off regular, sale and clearance merchandise. Alas, for the big-ticket items like furniture, mattresses and area rugs, you only get 10%. However, either way, you’re automatically eligible o win a $500 gift card when you buy the Shop For a Cause pass. No other purchase necessary.
Now, that’s a deal. You can use that $500 gift card to buy lots of Frugalista Gifts through the end of the year. Especially since Macy’s knows how to throw a sale–all year long!
Plus, as Macy’s says: You give back and support your community as you shop.
If you need help with gift ideas, check out Frugalista Gift Selection: Who Do You Think They Are? Or, check out some of the more specific posts here.
Happy Frugalista Gift Shopping!
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