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Making your dollar go further

Monday, September 26, 2011

I am always trying to make my dollar count for more, like buying things on sale, using coupons, and such.
Well when it comes to donating money for charity, you can sometimes find where there are Match contributions, so if you donate a dollar, someone else matches it so your dollar goes twice as far.
Another way I discovered was for our Bernese Mountain Dog Health fund. We have an annual auction, and I just don't have the kind of money that others do to bid on items. We have a very generous group of people that make this auction so successful. However I have found that if I donate a little time and fabric, I can help the auctions success and indirectly donate thousands more than I can afford, with a very tiny investment in money and a bigger investment in time and effort(offset by being able to create with my good friend and sewing buddy).

A non dog charity that I found that meets these needs for me-little money outlay, a good cause and someway to use my creativity, is the Linus project, where blankets and quilts are given to sick children.
Another I heard about just this weekend on Sewing with Nancy, is:
The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative (AAQI)
Raising Awareness & Funding Research Through Art
www.alzquilts.org/
I have been thinking about art quilts, have a few in progress, but now that I have a goal-being a goal oriented finisher-I will have a reason to make them, think outside my box (making things that I want to keep or have folks to give them to), make my few fabric dollars(and huge stash) go futher and meet my need to do something with my "down" time
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