Today I’m going to tell you all about how you can raise money for your favourite charity just by doing your Christmas shopping. Or any other shopping for that matter.
If you are familiar with cashback sites (like Quidco for example) then the premise of this will be really easy to grasp.
Basically you create an account over at easyfundraising, which a really quick process by the way. Then you choose a charity you’d like to support, there is a HUGE amount of choice here. Charities I’d never heard of and even some school PTA groups are on there- great if you want to support you local community.
I chose to support a local place called The Wellspring which is a place that helps the homeless and disadvantaged in Stockport. It offers food, blankets, a postal address for those who don’t have one, a place to have a shower and a whole manner of other things that we just take for granted. Its a place I pass fairly often, especially on my visits to the market area of Stockport and its always so busy.
So once you’ve chosen your charity you can then search for the retailers you want to buy from through the site.
The key thing here, is to always start at your easyfundraising page and click through to visit the retailer. This is how what you spend gets tracked, and how a percentage of it goes to the charity.
So I’ve tried this out so you guys know how it works.
Different retailers offer different amount of cashback for the charity, but its my view that every little helps. For example internet shopping giant Amazon offer up to 1.5% – so your donation will be up to 1.5% of your total spend at Amazon. Our DVD player recently broke so I bought a replacement through this method. The donations gets tracked pretty quickly so you’ll know how much you’ve raised as you go along.
Other retailers are a little more generous- Boden for example will be up to 3% I treated myself to some new wellies in their sale and some of their new home range- bright and cheerful tea towels.I’ve also been on the lookout for some quirky storage- something I can just throw things in off the kitchen table before teatime- colouring books, letters from school and so on.
I found this box on wheels and Graham & Green (also up to 3% donation) and its perfect for what I wanted. And the inscription is also very fitting…!Dunelm are also listed offering up to 1% donation- I treated eldest to this stunning shade for her bedroom, just waiting for it to be delivered. I have of course bought a few Christmas gifts this way so I cant show you everything, but so far I’ve raised just under £10. Which isn’t loads I know but its better than nothing right?