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Donate your clutter to The Salvation Army and earn a $10 gift card!

Clearing out clutter in your home this week? Drop some of it off at a participating Salvation Army Thrift Store by May 31, 2010, and you’ll get a free $10 gift card.

From The Salvation Army blog:

For in-kind donations you contribute between April 1 and May 31 to select Salvation Army Family Thrift Stores, you will be thanked with a $10 gift certificate to any Phillips-Van Heusen, IZOD, or Bass retail stores. Participating Salvation Army stores will provide you with a dated receipt for your generous donations and a coupon to redeem for your next shopping trip.

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  • Tara says:

    But this makes the donation non-tax deductible, right? But I guess if you just donate something little to get the gift card, and everything else throughout the year it should be a great deal.

    • David says:


      I can see why you’d say that, but I don’t think there’s any harm in donating items (especially excess sale items). In my view personally, this should be more than trying to find a way for a free gift card. I know that may sound bad, it’s just that when charities hold things like this, I don’t like to see it abused for personal gain. Even if it’s funded by the companies as a marketing campaign.. it doesn’t feel right to make it less probable that someone else will donate more and be rewarded. Just my opinion though.

      • Tara says:

        @David, Thank you for the feedback and something to think about. Yet I think I disagree to the extent that either you have stuff to give away or you don’t. It’s just choosing what to give where and when. I see it as very similar to the deals where McDonald’s is giving away free lattes and you go there and only order the free latte. I don’t think that’s taking advantage of the deal, as they are offering. And by small donation I wouldn’t give like just a belt or single book or something. But maybe not the entire garbage bag of stuff I plan on giving away at some point.

        I might be a better steward of my money (what this site is all about) by perhaps giving some items toward this promotion but the majority of my other give-away items either somewhere else or at some other time. I don’t think it’s selfish to want a bigger return on a give-away via tax deduction; I think it’s being wise. We shouldn’t give to get but I don’t consider donation items really *giving* as I might consider an actual need in my sphere of influence.

        And anyway, most people wouldn’t be considering giving to the Salvation Army at this time if it were not for the promotion. The motive of the gift card isn’t wrong if they put it out there. But I just discovered we don’t even have a Salvation Army near us so I can’t even participate. 🙂

        • David says:

          I think you’re right; I wasn’t really thinking when I posted I suppose. That or I wasn’t reading, as I thought it was just donating some menial item to get the $10 gift card… but, yes, I think you’re right on the mark in that donations should be tax-deductible. Sorry for wasting your time, I was just misunderstanding what you were posting about. 🙂

  • nisreen maali says:

    If you live in the chicago area K mart is accepting the $10 off $20 coupon plus the double your coupon it is a good deal . Good luck.

  • RuthS says:

    This is great, I love Bass and Van Heusen! They have outlet stores nearby, I’m sure I can find something great for $10.

  • Adrian says:

    David I totally agree with you. Tara I don’t think you should take advantage of this deal. I feel like you are looking at this from a greedy point of view, not a helpful view. There are plenty of deals out there for you.

  • Carrie says:

    I was all excited about this until I saw the $10 gift card wasn’t FOR Salvation Army. LOL, I guess I am an incorrigible bargain shopper.

    David and Adrian, I think Tara was saying that she WAS planning to donate plenty of stuff to SA, but she was concerned that the gift card might make her lose her tax deduction for doing so. Although I’m not sure if an incentive like that would really make it non-deductible (consult a tax professional, yada yada yada) I certainly don’t think it’s “taking advantage” to postpone your larger donations to a time when there is no incentive offered, just to keep your recordbook clean.

  • amanda says:

    Just an FYI, the Germantown, MD Salvation Army store is not participating in this promotion.

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