Tackle It Tuesday – Donating Done Easy

by Lolli

Tackle It Tuesday

Kat Tomasewski, mother of three, author of the blog Mom on the go in Holy Toledo and the book Minimize the Chaos in order to Maximize the Joys of Motherhood is our guest tackler today with some very helpful tips for making donating easier and more accessible (because we all know that the easier it is, the more likely we are to do more of it!).

Get in the habit of donating

I realize most moms always have the best intentions of donating to a charity on a regular basis but it can be difficult – life gets in the way. Also with the current state of the economy most families are on a strict budget leaving little room for charities. But it can be done. After some trial and error we have adopted a foolproof method for collecting items for our local charities at a fraction of the price – and you can too with these simple steps.

  1. Purchase a bin; you can decide what size works best based on how many items you will be donating and how frequently you will donate. (I have a small one I keep in my pantry and a larger one in the basement to place the items when the smaller bin is full).
  2. Print off the charities wish list.
  3. Tape that wish list on the inside lid of bin.
  4. Before a trip to the grocery store reference the list with the weekly ad, note if any items are on sale, then take it a step further, clip for the cause, check your coupons to see if you have any for the items that are listed. Write those items down, grab the coupons, and hit the road.
  5. When you get home place those items in the bin. I like to have my conveniently placed in the pantry but you can decide what location works best for you.
  6. Then, determine a day that you will designate as donation day and drive to the charity and drop off your donation. I often wit till I have a large bin to donate, usually every other month.

Once you are in the habit of referencing the charity’s list prior to a grocery trip donating can become second nature and thanks to the weekly deals and coupons the items cost mere pennies.

Learning Opportunity

Whenever possible be certain to share what you are doing with your children. Explain why the bin is there, that others do not have everything that your family has, and why it is important to donate. Also, when possible, have your children go with you to donate the goods.

 

Calling All Tacklers!

We’re looking for YOU – guest bloggers to post about your own tackles right here. If you are interested in showing off your tackles (we all need some tips and ideas!) then send a quick email to lolli.5m4m at gmail (link in the About Lolli section at the bottom of the post). Thanks for your inspiring tackles!!

Mom Bloggers — what are you tackling this week?

Link up your Tackle it Tuesday post…

Tell us what you’re up to with all your other tackles… housework and otherwise… add your link to your tackle in the Linky below!

We are Tackling Our To-Do Lists Together and making housework bloggable — Each week on Tuesday, we are posting before and after pictures of a project or trouble area that we tackled this week.

Find out more about how Tackle It Tuesday began.
The project can be little or big – whatever you want.

Basically, Tackle It Tuesday is about giving ourselves incentive, deadlines and satisfaction in tackling all our tasks — whether household or otherwise.

If you tackled a project this week, just add a comment and add your link below.

 

Tackle it Tuesday is managed by Lolli. You can find Lolli blogging at Better in Bulk and tweeting at @1momof5.



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Lolli is a busy mother of five kids, ranging in age from 8 to 16, photographer, and author of Better in Bulk. Her blog has a little bit of everything – parenting, life in a large family and photography with a central tie-in: Bringing moms together to learn, connect, and enjoy life. Connect with Lolli on Twitter (@1momof5) and on Facebook.

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1 gertie April 17, 2012 at 1:05 am

It’s been a crazy week! I made my first successful batch of homemade chalk paint, finished a desk that was puzzling me, and sold my first piece of furniture in our local FB swap shop after only being listed 27 minutes! Please come check out how blue I got for this post.
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2 Angela S. April 17, 2012 at 1:07 am

I wrote a post this morning about how I plan on having a productive week. Today has been a success!
http://www.angelastrand.com/2012/04/its-going-to-be-good-week.html
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3 Mandy April 17, 2012 at 1:10 am

my tackle this week: I’m turning off the internet from 10 to 10 every day so I can focus more on my children. It’s turning out to be better for my family and for my brain! You can check it out here:

http://biblicalhomemaking.blogspot.com/2012/04/10-10-challenge.html

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4 Johanna April 17, 2012 at 1:33 am
5 NCSue April 17, 2012 at 5:57 am
6 Victoria April 17, 2012 at 6:27 am

I have finally discovered a method that greatly reduces the food waste for our family http://snailpacetransformations.com/2012/04/13/reducing-food-waste/

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7 Victoria April 17, 2012 at 6:29 am

I just left a comment and a link but its not showing up! having this problem a lot lately
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8 Mindie April 17, 2012 at 9:05 am
9 Lisa April 17, 2012 at 9:21 am

I’m gonna tackle this new job this week.

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10 Barb
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April 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I’m tackling alternatives for my flower beds since I don’t want to invest in perennials during this very dry spring.

http://alifeinbalance.net/tuesday-garden-party-potential/
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11 Teresa from NanaHood April 17, 2012 at 12:36 pm

I tackled profanity on television this week. You can read about it today on http://www.nanahood.com
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12 Susie\'s Homemade April 17, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Here is what I tackled this week:

http://susieshomemade.blogspot.com/2012/04/mulch.html
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13 Heather (One Take On Life) April 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm

I tackled a picture frame Hair bow holder.

http://onetakeonlife.com/tackled-diy-hair-bow-holder/
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14 Lydia April 17, 2012 at 8:47 pm

I tackled the cluttered dining room and an organization-geared “homework box” for my daughter: http://clutteredgenius.blogspot.com/2012/04/tackle-it-tuesday-dining-room.html
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15 Jessica April 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm

Feeling fabulous after tackling my pantry project today (http://athometake2.blogspot.com/2012/04/tackle-it-tuesday-pantry-and-stockpile.html) and bagging up food and personal care products to donate to our local food pantry.
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16 Anna April 19, 2012 at 10:35 am

Well, I’ve spent the past few weeks slowly tackling a growing problem in my home, a lack of consistent structure for the kids, which has had some pretty serious consequences for us all…. I feel so good about things now, its amazing how a few small changes can have such a profound effect on the atmosphere of my home! Check it out; http://www.wifenmom.com/

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