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How I Was Able to Get Quality Operation Christmas Child Items for Less Than $7 Out of Pocket

How I Was Able to Get Quality Operation Christmas Child Items for Less Than $7 Out of Pocket

Samantha emailed in the following about how she got some great deals for her Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes:

I received a $10 promotional Kohl’s gift card in the mail last week (good for $10 off anything in the store). I also printed the $10 off $25 Kid’s Apparel coupon you featured on your website. I also receive emails from Kohl’s often with 15% off coupons.

I had all these available at once and I knew my 2-year-old twins did not need anymore clothes (thanks to their grandmas’ bargain shopping already), so I used these coupons towards items for the Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

I bought all of these items either on sale or on clearance:

  • 1 girl’s shirt – $4.00
  • 1 boy’s shirt – $3.20
  • 2 pairs of girl’s flip flops – $5.60
  • 1 toddler girl’s hat/glove set – $3.20
  • 1 girl’s hat/glove set – $3.00
  • 1 7-pack girl’s socks – $7.99

Total before coupons and tax: $26.99

Total after coupons and gift cards deducted: $5.94

Total after Ohio tax added: $6.33

I was happy to get some quality items for less than $1 each to put in our boxes. Thanks for post about the $10 off $25 Kohl’s coupon!

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10 Comments

  • That’s awesome! Good job!

  • I loved that you used this for Operation Christmas Child!

  • Guest says:

    I love it… Keep on…

  • Lisa says:

    So nice! That is some serious sales tax in Ohio, though! I’m guessing it was based on the total before coupons? Great job! There will be some big smiles when those boxes are open! 🙂

  • Diane says:

    Great job on the deals but a word of caution about buying winter items. You are probably safe on short sleeve shirts no matter where the box goes, but if you pack winter gloves & a hat and the box ends up going to a country with a tropical climate near the equator, those items won’t be things the child can use. There is no way to know where your box will go. When volunteers go into the warehouse to sort through boxes, they are told that the boxes being sorted today are going to XXXX. There is no sorting of winter item boxes for colder climates or summer item boxes to warmer climates. I only mention this because folks might not be aware of it and you’d want to make sure that all items in the box can be used by the child.

    • Cassie says:

      I often wondered about sending items such as flip flops or gloves and whether they would end up in the “right” places. Recently an OCC representative spoke to our congregation and encouraged us to trust God to deliver the items to those who needed them. She shared the story of a girl in a tropical climate who received gloves in her shoebox. The child was so happy because wearing the gloves would help prevent blisters on her hands as she carried the buckets of water from the river back to her village!
      I am sure that just as we find creative ways to use items when the need presents itself, so too do the recipients of these gifts. Remember to pray over your gift & let the Lord do the rest 🙂

  • Sally says:

    Wow – now that’s an impressive deal! Good job 🙂

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