Charity for the Lazy-at-Heart

In light of the upcoming Bloggess Army (#ba) charity drive I thought I would impart my Mid-Recession Charity Wisdom:

If you’re like me, you’ve got dozens of “mostly spent” gift cards rolling around in the kitchen junk drawer with lame balances like $1.07 and $2.41 that you can’t spend without finding a transaction with that exact balance.  Well, good news:  You can SPEND THOSE DOLLARS.  Just…maybe not the way your Uncle Milton had in mind when he gave you that gift card.  When you’ve gotten all the useful dollars off the card and you’re left with a weird balance just go the website of your favorite charity and make a donation for the exact dollar amount that’s left on the gift card.  (Some card holders will require that you register the card online before doing any sort of online transaction but it’s usually quick and painless.)

Let’s face it, when you’re making the tough decisions like “Should I put gas in the car or food on the table?” making charitable contributions isn’t in the forefront of your mind.  I found this method to be extra awesome a few years ago because I’m a selfish bitch and don’t want the big credit card corporations making an extra buck or two if at all possible but I think it will be extra helpful during these tough economic times.  🙂


Chuck Norris (@PrincessOfForks)

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2 Responses to “Charity for the Lazy-at-Heart”

  1. fraggle Says:

    good idea

  2. Jenny, Bloggess Says:

    Love this.

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