We had 90 donations to help pay for a trackchair for one of our wounded vets through the Independence Fund.Org. We raised $630.75 and the donation has been made.
Thank you all for supporting this worthy cause. We are making life easier for one of our vets and J Beauch______ of Washington DC will be flying upfront. He was number 80 as chosen by random.org.
After a month of moving, completing my personal travel credit card churn and vacation we are back with another giveaway to support those less fortunate. This time lets help a Wounded Warrior get an all terrain track chair.
We have 1700 veterans home from Afghanistan and Iraq that lost limbs in their service to our country. In some cases multiple limbs and mobility issues are very hard on the vets and their families. The Independence Fund has started a drive to provide these heroes with all terrain track chairs to make life just a little bit easier on them. I’ve donated them before with my cash back earnings and played in their golf tournament in Beaufort, South Carolina out on Parris Island, the local Marine training center. These guys are amazing, and with your help we can hopefully get one more chair in the hands of our countrymen in need. The Independence Fund has raised over 7 million dollar in this effort. I hope you will help me, help them.
American Airlines uses a system of EVIPs for their top tier members that allow upgrades to premium cabins from any coach fare. Not an award fare but a paid ticket. I have extras this year and will draw for two of these upgrades from those of you that donate at least a buck or more to the cause. Win or Lose the drawing, we are doing the next right thing. Each upgrade is good for one way travel on American Airlines metal only and is good either domestically or internationally. I have used them in the past to fly to Beijing on a base coach fare of a little over $800 and enjoyed the comfort of Business Class and a good night’s sleep because of these upgrades.
They are space available upgrades so study up on Expert Flyer codes and American Airlines rules for use. They are good through the end of 2013 and I’m in hopes that many of you will hit the donate button on the site to help someone in need and hopefully be chosen (random.org) to upgrade your next two long haul flights.
Thanks again for your support.
I’ve been a little slow updating because of our move but just made a donation to the Tuscon Food Bank located on Country Club Dr?
I enjoyed the opportunity to use the $24.35 of Drugstore.com bucks we has earned from previous purchases and the “save $5 when buying 10 Happy Baby meals.” We delivered 85 infant and toddler meals with a savings of over $65 from retail.
Ir only took a few minutes of my time and with your cooperation and support we can help more and more kids get a decent meal.
We were able to generate another $400 of cash back from our June manufactured spending buying gift cards to then be paid off with the money loaded ion to our prepaid debit cards.
In addition our June raffle of a first class United Airlines amenity kit raised another $57 to help feed hungry American kids.
Although my blogging has fallen off due to he purchase of a new home and sale of our existing place, we stand committed to do what we can to help those in need.
I’m sure another raffle will be coming soon and e will continue to look for others too help with our task.
Once a week I make a trip to my favorite grocery store here on the island. BiLo offers the most discounts and bargains of any store on the island. I grab a cart and head down the aisles for pastas, then soups, then rice and Mexican, then canned fruit and lastly baby food. Quite often in these aisles or at the front of the store will be the discounted items. Sometimes they are presented as buy one get one free or just closeout or sale items. I’m looking for 40% discounts or more and surprisingly usually find one or two needed and non perishable items in each trip. I then buy the item out with my 6% back cash back card to really add to my savings.
I even made a nice score at the local CVS store when they had brand name tuna fish on sale in a bin near the front of the store for 77 cents per can. Have you priced tuna fish lately. It is a great source of protein and food banks love it. They also love peanut butter but I’m trying to feed as many people as possible and peanut butter is way expensive these days.
BTW, yesterdays haul was instant soup in a cup including some that actually had macaroni and cheese in the cup. Normally two for $1, they price was discounted to 2 for 66 cents. It is a few more pennies than I can get Ramen noodles for but includes the cup and all you need to do is add hot water.
Just so you know, when I buy stuff for my local food bank, that comes out of my pocket only. None of your dollars are used to support the needs here on the island. Yourdonations only go to helping food banks nationwide in other cities and towns.
And thanks for your support
We have a major change coming in our life which may limit my posting schedule. After a year of looking we finally found a condo that fits our needs and needs some remodeling work.
That does not mean our efforts to help Vets and kids ends, it just has to slide back one notch in our priority list. We’ve recently sent money to a New Hampshire food bank and have Arizona next on the list.
Is is somewhat discouraging that the 5 points at drugstores with the Citi Preferred card ends for Katy on July 28th, but we have located another card, the TDAmeritrade card that pays 5 points per dollar on grocery purchases for the first six months off ownership. We’ll switch to that one when our big bonus on the Amex Blue Cash Preferred runs out in November of this year.
If you happen to find any cards that offer big category bonuses, please let me know.
Congratulation Greg from Tucson, Arizona for winning our United Airlines amenity kit. We. raised $57 with this drawing and that money, along with $43 of my cashback savings will be headed to a food bank in your hometown. Thanks again for your donation.
Although donations are not pouring in, I’m pleased to report we have received our non profit corporation status from the state of South Carolina .
Our next paperwork hurdle is a Federal Employee Identification. number followed by the filing with the Fed for the 501c3 designation. Once that is received, we will begin publicizing our mission in hopes of creating more awareness to the plight of 14 million American kids that may not get an evening meal tonight.
With your help, we will ease that burden on American Moms and Dads going through tough times.
We have all been there.
Hello fellow travel junkies and welcome to OurChancetoGive. We are raising money to help feed the 14 million American kids that may go to bed tonight without an evening meal. In addition, we are supporting Veterans programs such as the Fisher Houses, Wounded Warriors Project and the Independence Fund. We donate cash to the Veterans programs and ship meals to food banks throughout the USA.
To date we have filed for our non profit corporation in the State of South Carolina and will continue with the required documents for 501C3 tax exempt status. As of this date any donations you make are NOT tax deductible but Howie and I will assure you , 100% of your donated funds will go directly to those in need. To date we have raised almost $1000.
Today and tomorrow, until midnight eastern time, we are accepting donations in a drawing for a United Airlines First Class amenity kit which I will mail to anywhere in the US or Canada with my funds (not your donations) Our last drawing raised $117 for the cause and we appreciate any and all help we can get with these American problems.
I’ll draw on the 20th through random.org from all entries that make a paypal donation to the cause and notify the winner after the drawing ends.
Thanks for your support. You can make your contribution (and enter the drawing) with the paypal button on the right hand column.
Rick and Howie
So far we have made $200 in donations in June with at least another $300 to come. Our donations went to the West Seattle Food Bank with $100 of infant meals and another $100 went to the Independence Fund for their drive to give every Wounded Warrior in need a track chair to increase their mobility.
I’m waiting for a $100 Kmart gift card that we earned with points from our Citi Preferred credit card at 5 points per dollar at drugstores. $2000 of purchases at my local CVS gave us enough for our next donation which I’m sending to the San Diego area for kids there in need. So far we have made donations to S.Carolina, Michigan, Maine, Texas, Georgia and Washington state. Still lots more to do, but it feels good to give back with the tricks of the trade and nothing out of pocket other than my time. I love the cash back game.
On the paperwork front, I submitted to the State of South Carolina for the formation of a non profit corporation. Nest step is applying for a Federal Employee Identification Number and then lastly for tax exempt status so all your donations will be tax exempt.
If you’d like to help with our modest efforts feel free to drop me an email at email@example.com. We should have ourchancetogive email addresses shortly. And thanks for your support
I’ve explained this technique in the Gift Card tab above but want to make sure you get a second look at this method of saving cash on retail purchases.
Websites like Cardpool and ABCGiftcards sell partially used gift cards at a discount. For example Grandma sends you a $100 gift card to Carabba where you hate to eat but really don’t want to hurt her feelings. So you go in and buy a diet coke to ease your guilt then sell your gift card to one of these online gift card brokers. They buy low and sell high, the American way, but still sell the partially used gift cards at a discount.
Now, as a smart consumer, I can plan my discounted gift card purchases with a triple dip. Suppose I love Carabba. Here are my steps to success.
1. I go to EvRewards.com or Cashbackholic and see who offers the biggest cash back on shopping at one of the gift card websites.
2. I then log into that Cash Back site IE TopCashBack or BigCrumbs and then move over to the gift card seller site from within the cashback portal.
3. I buy the discounted gift card using my cash back credit card.
We now have a triple dip
1. The discounted price of the gift card. EX A $98 balance gift card bought for $92=$6 saving
2. The 1% cash back portal kickback = .92 or 92 cents.
3. Two percent cash back using a cash back credit card $92 x 2% = $1.84 cents
Total savings $6+.92=$1.84 = $8.76 savings.
This is just an example. Some gift cards are discounted way more and some as little as 1% depending on the popularity of the retailer. The numbers may seem small to you but once you get in the habit it becomes second nature and your savings (and earnings per hour) will really add up. And imagine the savings when buying a riding lawn mower from Home Depot using this Triple Dip