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Project Echo Donation

June 13th, 2010 at 02:15 pm

2 boxes of cereal (Raisin Bran & Corn Flakes)
4 lbs of sugar
1 lb of salt
2 rolls CVS paper towels
8 rolls of toilet paper(4pk Simplify,4pk Angel Soft)
1 box of 500 Johnson's cotton swabs
1 Johnson's bath buddy (bar soap)
1 Benedryl itch stick
1 48ct ladies monthly pads
2 Reach toothbrushes
2 Visine eye drops
4 single use Tide
2 Schick razors
4 deodorant (2 Sure, 2 Gillette)
8 individual use Benedryl tabs
3 indiviudal use Tylenol PM
3 bars of soap (1 Dove & 2 Compare to Dove RiteAid)
1 Reach Dental Floss
1 pkg 72ct Pamper Wipes

As I look at the list, I notice most things are name brand. Thats because, coupons/sales/discounts/etc make them free or for pennies. Generic brands are rarely free of for pennies.

I debated whether to list what I donate. I don't tend to put numbers to it. This sounds funny, I suppose on a SavingAdvice website. What I do is keep my daily spending for self and others to $5 a day. If one day is $6 and the next $4 it averages. I keep receipts and an average in my head. For RiteAid, I will go over if the rebate covers the overage. It is a system that works for me, and has proven itself over time. I never recommend it to others, especially those starting out.

I don't pay tax on food and medical but 6% adds up on the other stuff. The Proglide razor might be free after coupon but tax is still $.54 tax or .27 a razor. Is it worth it? Hmmm. Numbers, Numbers. Last night at CVS my .82 oop broke down to .56 tax.

That does not include gas, insurance, rent, eating out, and my very big vice sodas. I buy sodas at 2.50-2.75 a twelve pack or $1 a 2 ltr bottle or less. I've eaten out 3 times in June that I paid for. Twice it has been a disappointment. Once was for work.

I anticipate postage will be big in my budget very soon as I send a priority package a week to Afghanistan. That will cost $11-15 a week or $44-60 a month.

3 Responses to “Project Echo Donation”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    There are flat rate priority boxes at the post office, that would be a great way to budget. Of course, if the weight of the package is light then it might be cheaper to just use a regular priority box. Thank goodness we don't have to pay international rates to those APO addresses!!

  2. Jerry Says:

    Thank you for thinking of the troops like that! I can tell you from my own experience how much those little things mean when you are out in the field (I wasn't in Afghanistan, but it's the same for troops anywhere). APO addresses really lead to cheaper shipping, and I'm so glad that they exist. It's great that there is some insurance that there are still Americans out there who care about those in uniform.
    Jerry

  3. Homebody Says:

    You are amazing!

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