One Reader’s Story | Giving Back… On a Budget

Giving Back on a Budget (Disney Store Toys)
This week, I received the most wonderful email from a reader, which I just had to share with you!

With her blessing (although she did ask to remain anonymous), here’s a great story about how to not just live fruitfully, but give fruitfully — even when you’re on a budget!

I just want to thank you for your part in inspiring me to step out of my comfort zone ad do something different.

A few weeks ago you posted a deals. Since then I have been keeping an eye on them. Recently they had a Buy One Get One For $1.00 deal on their plush toys.

It was a truly unbelievable deal, considering that some toys were marked down to $1.99 from $19.95. With free shipping on orders over $75.00 I got 52 toys for $83.

And this morning I am donating them all to my local Jewish Children and Family Services.

It feels so good to give back, especially considering that recently I had to ask JCFS for their help in getting my green card renewed and assistance with gas getting my son to his therapy appointments twice a week.

I took your advice and sold some things that we no longer use in one of the FB resale groups, which is how I was able to come up with the money for this to begin with.

Thank you so much for all that you do. I look forward to your posts every day!

Giving Back on a Budget

No, thank YOU so much for inspiring all of us to give! Way to go ~ Tizki l’Mitzvot!

Have you used couponing or deal hunting to enable you to give more generously than you might otherwise be able to afford? I’d love to hear about it!


  1. Wonderful email!

  2. When crayons were on sale at the beginning of the school year, I bought extra and donated them to my daughter’s playgroup. This is the second year that I’ve done this.

  3. This year for Hanukkah we “gifted” my mom and sister’s families with 10 new heavy winter coats that were donated to a local women and children’s shelter. Between your tips on good sales and keeping an eye out for local ones, we did this for less than $150.

  4. Wow! So inspiring!

  5. Kathy Lipkin says

    I shopped at my local library’s book sale and bought 25 previously loved good children’s books to give to a class of (non Jewish) inner city first graders that I work with.
    So, right before winter break, I was able to each child a book, new box of crayons (Target brand) and a candy cane. About $1 per gift.

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