Swagbucks Influencer: Donna Freedman

Use Your Swag Powers For Good!

By Donna Freedman

 

Most of the time I use my SB for birthday and holiday gift-giving, and for restaurant gift cards to use when I travel. In the past year, though, I’ve found a new purpose: Giving back.

A family I know has fallen on some tough times. Having those extra Amazon gift cards from Swagbucks has allowed me to have paper products, diapers, toiletries and food items sent to this family. Super-easy for me, super-helpful for them – and it really stretches my giving dollars.

Now: What if a lot of Swaggernauts decided to use their Swagbuck powers for good? Imagine the possibilities!

Buy holiday gifts for the Angel Tree. Gift cards from Amazon, Old Navy, Target, Best Buy, Barnes & Noble, GameStop, Walmart and others can let you put something under the tree for local kids.

Buy grownup gifts, too. Contact a family shelter or a social services agency to find out what adult clients need. Basics that we take for granted, like warm gloves or a decent jacket, will be so, so appreciated. Lots of places to choose from, including but not limited to Walmart, TJ Maxx/Marshall’s/Home Goods, Target, Sears, JC Penney and of course Amazon.

Donate to a charity through Swagbucks. The Humane Society of the U.S., Unicef, The Smile Train, The Wounded Warrior Project, KarmaKarma and others can use your SB.

Share the warmth. Is your church collecting socks or gloves? Buy some through Old Navy, Target, Walmart or some other retailer. If there’s a winter coat drive in your area, find out what sizes are needed most (hint: probably larger ones) and order something from retailers like Amazon, Sears or JC Penney.

Build a future. Maybe there’s a Habitat for Humanity program in your area, or you know of a church or service club that’s helping people improve their homes. A few Home Depot or Lowe’s cards will help pay for paint, brushes, hardware or whatever’s needed.

Help the homeless. Call a shelter and find out what’s needed – socks, toiletries, paper products, coffeepot supplies and the like can all be delivered.

Support a friend. If a pal or a family you know is having hard times, send away for gas cards so they can get to work. That CVS card will cover some toiletries or prescriptions. A Sam’s Club card will let you buy some bulk staples to fill the pantry.

Or just order some PayPal cash and shop locally. It’s up to you where you buy!

The holidays are a natural time to think of giving back. Comfort and joy, right? But need exists all year long. If we can donate something even once a year, imagine the change we could make.

(Personal finance journalist Donna Freedman is the author of the “Your Playbook For Tough Times” series. She blogs about money and midlife at DonnaFreedman.com.)