Holiday clearance goodies make a great donation for the food drive this Christmas

Right now is a great time to find some sweet deals on leftover Halloween goodies. Some of the deals you might find are more fall than Halloween, which is even better since fall isn’t even over yet! The sell by dates are so far out that these would be great to hold onto for next season, or better yet, donate them!

Holiday clearance goodies make a great donation for the food drive this Christmas, think ahead

When I donate food to the food drives, I know I usually go for something a little healthier, as it should be. But sometimes a sweet treat would be nice to have too. I am sure that having something extra would be a fun, little surprise. Let’s face it, we all have those days where sugar would make us feel better, even if it is just for a minute.  Maybe this would be a way to make a stressful time a little brighter.

Cake mixes and things aren’t expensive on a regular price either, but this time of year can be a stretch for most of us, so this is a way to not spend a lot, but still get to donate and make someone else’s day a little brighter.

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Great, Easy Ways To Earn Money For Your School!

Now that school has started, we begin to think about helping out our children’s schools.  Unfortunately, although schools really, really deserve our money, most of us don’t have much to donate!  There is hope though!  There are little ways that you can donate to your school that take little effort at all!

1. Box Tops for Education  I am the Box Top coordinator for my child’s school.  If you are not collecting them, you are missing a great opportunity!  Box Tops are on so many products and many of them are things that you already buy!  Especially if you are a couponer.  Chances are high that you have these all through your pantry.  They are simple.  You clip them off and give them to your school.  Simple right?  Just make sure you donate them before they expire!

2. Labels for Education Another great way to donate to your school.  Labels for Education have been around for years!  I remember turning in soup labels as a kid, and that was ages ago ;)!  The only difference between now and then is the portion that you save.  Instead of saving the front of your soup label, there is a portion on the back with the UPC code.  You have to save the UPC code or it is worthless to the school!  I can’t tell you how many I have had to throw away when they are turned in with the Box Tops because the student or parent has cut off the UPC code and hasn’t turned it in!  So sad really!

3. My Coke Rewards Did you know that you can donate your coke rewards points to your child’s school?!  How great is that!  Really, even if you buy coke and don’t usually redeem your points, why not take that extra moment and donate those points to your child’s school?  If your child’s school isn’t registered, it only takes a second to do!

4. Tyson Project A+ I don’t think many people know about this one!  If you ever buy Tyson products you have these.  I have a huge pile of them that I have been collecting that are turned in at the school.  It takes a lot before they can be submitted, but they donate cash to the school, and every little bit helps!

5. Target Take Charge For Education If you have a Target card you can be doing this with no effort whatsoever!  All you have to do is sign up your school and they will donate a portion of your purchases back to your registered school.  Beware that it is a credit card, but many people already have them, so if you are using your Target card, sign up for your kids’ school!

6. Shoparoo This is my new favorite, painless way to donate!  This app is great!  Download it to your phone, they have it for Apple and Android.  All you do (once you register) is take a photo of your receipt and earn points that add up earning money for your school.  Plus if you get people to sign up under you, it makes the size of the donation even larger with bonus points!  We all shop, so why not just take a photo of your receipts and get some money for your school?

So there you have it!  My favorite ways to give back without spending any extra cash!  Spread the news to your school, share the post, but get the word out and get saving for your school!

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For every jar of Barilla sauce purchased at any store, Barilla will donate $0.05 to Feeding America’s National Produce Program, which secures one pound of fresh produce on behalf of local food banks. Barilla  is promising it will make a minimum donation of 4.2 million pounds of fresh produce ($150,000) from sales starting since 3/1/14.

HOWEVER the generosity gets better for those in specific store areas, during the period from 4/25/14 to 5/1/2014 for every jar of Barilla sauce purchased at:

  • Giant
  • Martin’s
  • Stop & Shop
  • or Giant Food stores

 Barilla  will match that donation with an additional $0.05 for every jar of Barilla  sauce purchased, to the local Feeding America food bank to secure fresh produce specifically those particular markets. These stores are located in the following states: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, WV. Barilla will make a maximum donation of $20,000 to these local Feeding America food banks.

Check out Barilla’s site for tasty, colorful recipes for your family like this one pictured below.

Barilla® Mezzi Rigatoni with Three Cheese Sauce & Green BeansPurchase Barilla pasta sauce at your local store THIS week and GIVE back to your community!!!

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How to help search for missing Malaysia Airline Jet in the Indian Ocean

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Just a few years ago society could only hope and pray for the missing planes, and missing loved ones that once had crashed in the mountains or oceans. We had to sit back and wonder what happened while so called experts search satellite data to find the crash site. But in today’s world of science and social media we have combined the two to form what is now called crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing is just as what it is called, using a crowd of people to source what is needed. Now instead of a small group of experts frantically search millions of square miles of terrain, they have distributed the same research satellite data to a much larger crowd to search the same maps.



Now you and I can send the kids off to school, sit down and log in to the online site Tomnod. Tomnod which mean “Big Eye” in Mongolian was started as a research project at the University of California in San Diego. Then just a few years later the satellite imaging company called Digital Global purchased it and has formed it into one of the main crowdsourcing sites online. Now you can help look for oil spills, downed aircraft, to mapping the damage of storms all the way to trying to find the tomb of Genghis Khan.

Recently Tomnod was used in the search for a small airplane that crashed in the central Idaho mountains near Christmas time. Thousand were able to search high resolution satellite images to help the search and rescue cover larger areas than what they could do just a few years ago. What took months to search now can be done in a few hours. Making search and rescue jobs much easier to cover larger areas to quickly reach the sites in question to potentially save lives.

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Photo by How Foo Yeen/Getty Images

Now with the mystery of the Malaysian flight missing maybe over the Indian ocean or even theories of it being flown to Pakistan or Iran, you can help in the search for it. Join the world in the search for the missing airliner. Send the kids off to school, or send them to bed at night and log in to Tomnod and grab healthy snack and join the search. With crowdsourcing becoming so widely used, in fact the images online for the missing flight have had some 200 million views! So they have been trying to build up their web capability to allow more to join in the search! So please be patient.


Check out Tomnod satallite images in the search for the missing Malaysian flight

Visit the main page for Tomnod crowdsource

Join the Tomnod Facebook page to receive updates on new searches

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