Last-minute shopping can benefit charity

(Saving with 6abc - Amy Buckman)

January 2, 2012 9:03:01 AM PST
It's really crunch time for holiday shopping. And whether you're still shopping for others, or looking ahead to using gift cards you've received, there's a way you can find deals and coupons and still spread the spirit of the holidays to local charities.

Instead of going directly to a store or gift card site, search for them using

And when you do make a purchase, the site will donate a portion of your purchase price to a charity of your choosing.

Nancy Montvydas of Soroptimist is one of the GoodSearch's local beneficiaries.

She explains, "So at the end of the year, Soroptimist gets a nice check from our supporters and the money didn't come out of their pockets, which is really a nice thing. They're able to help support our mission without putting cash out on their end."

If your favorite registered non-profit or school isn't already on the GoodSearch's list, you can sign them up. And you can use the site to find money-saving coupon codes.


nd you can also benefit charities when you eat out.

All you have to do is register a credit or debit card with and use it when you eat a participating restaurant. 6% of your bill will be donated to your charity.

And if you're looking for a last-minute gift with special meaning, here's another idea.

If you have rewards points with American Express or with a Citi Bank charge card, you can use those points to make a charitable donation.

You can choose a charity that's important to the recipient, donate in their honor and they'll get an email acknowledging your generosity. For American Express's charity plan, click here. For CitiBank's, click here.

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