Help the needy while shopping for gifts

December 4, 2008

As online shopping increases in popularity, many thrifty shoppers are using the internet to compare prices on their purchases.

Now, as you look to save money for yourself, you can earn money for many charities. Here's how:

Go to, and enter the name of your favorite charity to see if it's on their list. Then, use their Yahoo!-powered search engine to check out deals at your favorite retailers. The site tells you how much will be donated to your charity for each search you do and each purchase you make.

Among the retailers: Target, Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Petco and more. Local charities that are on the list include The Philadelphia Boys' Choir, Shriners' Hospital for Children, The Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, the American Association for Cancer Research and the North Philadelphia Health System.

Another shopping site that donates to charities is Worthy Fashion. This site features designer sunglasses, accessories and ties. For every purchase you make, the charity donates between 5% and 10% of the purchase price to charity. The charities this sitee supports are listed on the site. The site also has a clearance section for even more savings.

Another way to benefit charities while you shop is to buy products that donate to charities. IKEA is selling UNICEF greeting cards and donating 100% of the proceeds to UNICEF. They are also selling small stuffed animals and donating $1.30 from each sale to 16 Save the Children and UNICEF children's educational programs in developing countries.

Also, local Wendy's restaurants are offering a deal in which you buy a special key tag for $1.00 that entitles you to a free Junior Frosty each time you make a Wendy's purchase for the next year. Money from the sale of the key tags goes to the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross. This is a great stocking-stuffer that will last all year long.

Finally, check with your children's school or other charitable organization to see if they are participating in a holiday shop-back program. It may not cost you anything to direct some of you holiday shopping dollars their way.

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