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Christmas Cash and Charity Giveaway – $100 for You, $100 for Them!

I really love the holidays. I get into the spooky childishness of Halloween, the food of Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite of the entire year, and the happiness and general great vibes of Christmas just make me smile! But I also understand the deeper undertones of these holidays too.

So for this Christmas, here is a list of my favorite charities:

1.  Houston SPCA – I volunteered with the big dogs there for more than a year before we moved.  The way they run their facility and their transparency impressed me.

2.  Meals on Wheels – I volunteered with Meals on Wheels for 4-5 months in 2011.  It is well organized and very much needed.

3.  Pughearts – My husband and I fostered for Pughearts for about a year.  That is how we ended up adopting Mr. Pug in 2009.

4.  Alzheimer’s Association – This disease scares the bejeezus out of my husband and isn’t on the top of my want list either.

And I Like You

– My life has changed so much this year because of this blog and my blog advertising business. That would not have happened without you – my readers and supporters. Thank you.

In the holiday spirit of giving,

I am giving away a $100 Amazon gift card or cash to a random commenter below and another $100 to the charity above that receives the most of your votes. You can also choose to sell gift cards online if you prefer cash. I personally like to use these cards through the Amazon Smile Foundation when I shop because its the same price and I feel like Im contributing to something worthwhile.

Instructions to Enter the Cash and Charity Giveaway:

1.  Leave a comment below with something off of your holiday wish list by December 19th, 2011 and you will be entered to win!
2.  In that same comment, vote for #1 (Houston SPCA), #2 (Meals on Wheels) , #3 (Pughearts), or #4 (Alzheimer’s Association).  Whichever charity has the most votes by December 19th, 2011 will receive a donation in honor of the readers of Budgeting in the Fun Stuff.  🙂

Please consider this my thank you for your support!!!

The official stuff:

1) Contest ends December 19th, 2011 at 11:59pm Central Standard time.
3) The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email. If you select Paypal as the prize, you will need to have a Paypal account.

4) The prize will be held for 2 calendar days. If it isn’t claimed, a new winner will be randomly picked and contacted.
5) I reserve the right to reject comments that I consider spam or invalid entries.
6) An invalid or incorrect email address automatically disqualifies you from the drawing…it’s hard to contact a fake email…
Local laws, rules, and regulations apply.

76 thoughts on “Christmas Cash and Charity Giveaway – $100 for You, $100 for Them!”

  1. Molly

    My vote is for #2 (Meals on Wheels).

    I don’t really have a Christmas wish list, but one item that would be on it is a down or down alternative pillow.

  2. Jana @ Daily Money Shot

    Oh, how do I pick between those choices? Alzheimer’s is something very close to me (my grandfather passed away from it in 2008) but I am a huge animal advocate. I guess I’ll go with #4. In honor of my grandpa. But if I win, can I pick for the cash to go to another charity?

    Something from my list? I want a new charm for my Pandora bracelet. What can I say? I’m boring.

  3. Emily @ evolvingPF

    One book on my wish list is Stripped Down by Tony and Alisa DiLorenzo.

    #2 Meals on Wheels

  4. Grace

    My wish list includes a Kindle. #1 – Animals just break my heart – just so innocent and want nothing more than to be loved!

  5. Denise @ The Single Saver

    My vote is for #4, though #1 came in a close second!

    Something on my wish list… not a lot this year. I’d be happy with some calmness and a year free from family death for 2012. But as for something tangible, I’d like a Wii… they look like so much fun but I just can’t bring myself to spend the money on one. Maybe I can get a used one cheap? 🙂

  6. Courtne

    My vote is for #1. As for my wishlist, I want a new rice cooker for Christmas.

  7. Jonathan

    I vote for number 4 because my sense of consciousness is very important to me.

    I would like a small wood burning stove that allows for cooking as well as heating. 🙂

  8. thefrugallery

    I vote #4, it has taken way too many people close to me!

    On my wishlist is an Aerogarden so I can start my gardening indoors during the winter!

  9. Amanda

    I vote for #4. My ultimate wishlist present would be Canon Rebel SLR camera to take pics of the new baby we are expecting…but I’ll be happy with anything for the little tot 🙂

  10. Alex J

    Meals on Wheels all the way! Love that organization.

    Kindle Fire is on the top of my wish list this year.

  11. Little Miss Moneybags

    On my Christmas wish list are essential oils (especially tea tree oil, to make my own cleaning products) and reusable produce bags for grocery shopping.

    As for the charity, I vote for #2 Meals on Wheels. So many people out there are still struggling this holiday season.

  12. Jeff @ Sustainable life blog

    My wish for christmas would probably be a rifle! No one is really jumping out of their seats to buy that for me, so i’m also kinda looking for a bed liner for my truck. Outside of that, maybe some new shoes.

    As for the charity, meals on wheels – lots of people are still out because of the recession.

  13. MikeS

    On my wish list is a snow blower, but that likely won’t happen till late next year due to some unexpected bills.

    My vote goes for #4.

  14. Jeffrey Trull

    I vote for #2(Meals on Wheels). It’s been a tough year for people!

    I’m hoping for a new Bluetooth mouse this year. Mine’s worn out (which probably means I’m on the laptop too much!)

  15. Lee

    I’d love a new t.v. for Christmas, since the old one conked out. I vote for the charity #2 Meals on Wheels, because no one should ever go hungry. Thanks!

  16. Michelle

    I have on my Christmas wish list a new blow dryer. Mine crapped out on me a few months back. I wish they made them like they use too, my mom has a Conair blow dry that is 30 years old and is still running great.

    My vote is for #4.

  17. Newlyweds on a Budget

    I vote for #4.

    My Christmas wish list involves a new pots and pans set. Sometimes it’s about things I NEED : )

  18. Jenna, Adaptu Community Manager

    I vote for #1.

    We don’t do Christmas presents in my family. But I’d be happy with a copy of the second Game of Thrones book or some help towards my next travel trip!

  19. Broke

    I vote for #4, as far as the charities go. I will probably need help from there, sooner or later.

    Number 1 on MY wish list is $100. (wink, wink).

  20. Rockbell

    #4 in honor of my mother in law. Wish List: Tablet

  21. Niki

    I vote for #4.

    I have a stand mixer on my Christmas wish list.

  22. kasey

    #3 (Pughearts) (although the SCA is a hard one not to vote for!)

    Wish list… I’d like a great chef’s knife

  23. Desparate

    BFS, I wanna buy this motherboard for my Mother please
    It’s Christmas time and this board will cure her computer’s disease
    Please, could you pick me next week?
    Father says there’s not much time
    You see its been sick for quite a while
    And I know this board will make Momma smile
    And I want her to be happy with technology again
    Pick me and Momma’s sick computer will mend.

    Just lay that hundred down
    You will help my aging parent out
    And I’ll never forget
    The look on her face
    When Momma’s says “ain’t technology great”.

    So if you choose me please
    You will bring comfort and ease
    Not just to an aging lady
    But to all of us here
    Who have to bear
    Her tirades about how tech is cheap
    Doesn’t last worth a beep
    And all they want is her money.

    We all agree that #4 should get donations please?

  24. Marisaa

    I really, really really want an IPAD 2. That is my entire xmas wish list.

  25. Andi @ ModernTightwad

    I don’t have a christmas wish list, but I did just put a Dog Dremel tool in my amazon shopping cart. My puppy gets so anxious about his nails being trimmed after he had to have foot surgery twice(!!), that it would make all our lives easier (and cheaper) in the long run.

    And since I got my puppy from a shelter, I have to give our doggie dremel vote to the Houston SPCA. I’d bring home a hundred of those lonely faces if I could.

  26. Latonya R

    #4 (Alzheimer’s Association)- Both of my grandmothers lived there last 10 years on earth with this disease.

    My christmas wishlist involves not material things but if I could wish for something not material and it came true, it would be to have my mom back for this holiday season.

  27. Jeff @My Multiple Streams

    My wish list includes a fishy tank for my office, something to stare at and relax 🙂

    Gotta go with #1, love me some doggies

  28. Hans

    I’ll put my vote in for #1. Who doesn’t love cute and adorable animals?

  29. Neo

    I’d go with #2.

    I want an electric guitar for christmas!!!

  30. Dana

    #4 and I want a kindle fire!!!

  31. Debbie jackson

    I would like a laptop so that is my wish list

    debbie jackson
    djackson1958 at hotmail dot com

  32. Steph

    I would vote for #4 on the list….I would love to see a cure in my lifetime!

    On my list…hmmmm…maybe a new pair of winter boots 🙂

  33. Jeanette C.

    My holiday wish is for my Mom to be smiling down from heaven on our family this Christmas season. She passed away in March and I miss her so.
    #4 (Alzheimer’s Association)

  34. Bobbie

    I really love animals so #1 is my choice. I don’t really have a holiday wish list.

  35. amber

    i vote for Meals on Wheels!

    I don’t have a wishlist, b/c I have most everything I need. . .I would love some holiday candles

  36. maria

    I vote for #4. I’ve lost a lot of family members in the past few years and I would like to support the prevention of this disease.

    My wishlist for christmas is more airline miles so I can visit my family more often. I have a big, close, italian family and moved across the country 2 months ago and would like to have trips home to look forward to! 🙂

  37. June the Homemaker

    On my wish list, I’ve got the Bing Crosby Christmas album! We always used to listen to it when we were decorating when I was a kid 🙂 I vote for #4 – that disease scares the bejeezus out of me too!!

  38. Cat

    I’m going to have to go with 3. Pugs are so cute :), and I know how hard it is to run a dog rescue (a friend of my did doxie rescue).

  39. The Saved Quarter

    I vote for #2.

    I don’t really need anything for Christmas. I want to see my kids’ eyes light up with excitement when they open their gifts!

  40. Soha Molina

    I have a KIndle Fire on my wish list and I vote for #2 (Meals on Wheels)

  41. petra

    wish list item: a wool blanket for my bed
    vote: #1 – Houston SPCA

  42. Elena

    I vote for #4 – Alzheimer’s Association. I have a digital camera on my list.

  43. Pedro

    If I had to make a wish list, I would include a new pair of running shoes.

    My vote is for #1.

  44. Kerry Harrison

    As much as I love dogs, I think Meals on Wheels is in greater need currently, so I vote #2. Something from my wishlist: Kingdom Builder board game

  45. Wendy

    I vote for Pughearts. Animals need rescued. With out charity it wouldn’t be possible.

    I want happiness for all on Christmas. I would enjoy a nice new warm blanket too.

  46. Heidi

    My vote is #2 Meals on Wheels. Also don’t forget your local food bank! The winner could buy a lot of bulk discount Amazon groceries with a $100- some great food deals on Amazon!

  47. Tina M

    #2 (Meals on Wheels). i want a Samsung NX200

  48. Kara

    My wishlist includes a nesting table set.

    My charity choice is #2 for Meals on Wheels.

  49. Marisaa

    Alzheimer’s Association- Its close to my heart.

    I would like an IPAD 2 for xmas.

  50. AmericanDebt Project

    My Xmas wish list is just one thing: Rebel t3i!! So a $100 Amazon gift card will go towards that 🙂

    And the Houston SPCA sounds like a worthy charity, I think I will choose them if I win! Thanks!

  51. Paul @ The Frugal Toad

    Alzheimer’s Association for sure, my wife’s Mother is suffering with it now. We all suffer because of it don’t we? A cure would be the best Christmas Gift ever!

  52. AMA

    I have to go with #1. In fact, on my wish list is a new heated mattress for my little old lady of a dog.

  53. Jenna

    I vote for #4!

    I’m hoping to get some Zumba classes or those Five Finger shoes for Christmas.

  54. Kyra

    Meals on Wheels!

    I don’t really have a Christmas wishlist but I could use a Black and Decker sander or Roku.

  55. Michelle

    Something on my list is new carpet for our living room.

    And #1!

  56. Allicia

    I vote for #2

    I would love a tablet that has a camera on it so I could video chat with my nephew who loves across the country (my laptop doesn’t have a camera so I have to borrow my boyfriends if I want to see him).

  57. Joana S.

    I vote for #2, it’s something I’ve always wanted to volunteer in. 🙂

    One of my wishes for this Christmas would be a new mobile phone. Mine wants to retire for so long now, but I had to prioritize more important things so it’s been put off for so long.

  58. Brenda Bean

    My vote is meals on wheels.

    Also, praying I can get my grandson with autism something for Christmas.

  59. Cil Burke

    #4. Terrible disease.
    I want a hedge trimmer.
    Loved reading all the comments.

  60. Dr Dean

    My vote is for #4. This is a terrible disease afflicting so many people and their families.
    My Christmas wish list: some new books for my kindle.
    Merry Christmas

  61. gharkness

    I have everything I could possibly **ever** want, so my wish list is for a donation to the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, to foster another baby elephant or rhino. They rescue baby elephants or rhinos whose parents have been poached or who have encountered other life-threatening disasters.

    For the charity, I choose number 4. Alzheimers kills people, before they are even dead. Let’s get rid of it asap!

  62. Christy Ann

    I vote number 4! What a cool idea. As for what I want this Christmas, an iPad would be nice!
    p.s. Love the above comment/poem by “Desperate”!

  63. Michelle Cron

    #4. Is my vote. And one thing on my list is that everyone else gets their wish. Thank you.

  64. Kari

    I’d have to vote for #4. I can’t imagine what its like for those who suffer from the disease and the loved-ones and caregivers of those who have it.

    I don’t really have a big gift on my wish list this year, but I did pick out a bunch of cute clothes. My winter wardrobe could use a serious upgrade.

  65. Claudia Davis

    i woukd love a pocket digital camera and vote for #2

  66. Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    I’d love a Kindle Fire!

    All of the charities are worthy causes but I’d go with the Alzheimer’s one.

  67. Paula @ Afford Anything

    What I want for Christmas … a gift certificate to a spa for a day. (Purchased through Groupon or some other discount site, of course!)

    My vote is for #4, Alzheimer’s Association. I would love, love, love to live in a world in which no one is afflicted by Alzheimer’s.

  68. MLISunderstanding

    I vote for #1!

    On my list is a scanner from Neat Receipts, so I can dump the paper copies.

  69. Mike

    All great causes I will go with (#2 Meals on Wheels) as they have been of great help to folks in my area.

    I’m thinking about ditching the cable bill so a streaming media player like a Roku or Apple TV is on my list.

  70. Carly Martin

    My vote is for Meals on wheels.

    One thing on my wish list is a camera, I want to be able to capture my kids growing up and remember all the sweet memories.

  71. Ashley

    #1 – I love amazon.
    My wishlist is a camera, I want to be able to capture all the moments of my son growing up.

  72. gradstudent

    I vote for the Houston SPCA.

    I could really use a new roof.

  73. Doris

    I am voting for #2 Meals on Wheels. As fas as my wishlist is concerned, I am praying for a new camera as we don’t have any to snap pics of our babies growing too fast! thanks


  74. beveanne mckinley

    alzheimers can be cured so easily by adding turmeric into the diet, problem solved.. so definitly the animals they really don’t have any alterrnatives.

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    I remember being in a local Target store buying gifts for friends and parents this Christmas. I suddenly noticed a little girl about 7 years old looking at the clothing display attentively. To my question what Santa was going to give her, she answered “nothing, I just want him to bring something for my mother instead”. I finally gave her $60, telling that Santa will definitively prepare the best Christmas possible for her and her mother this year. Hope her dream will come true.

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