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We're looking for some fundraising ideas. Does anyone know if there's currently a good coupon book (one that pays for itself easily if possible)?

 

I found this one:

https://www. enjoythecitybook .com/default. aspx

 

It sells for $20 and has a free Papa John's pizza and lots of B1G1F coupons. I didn't study it over to see what else might be a good deal.

 

We once sold one that was spiral-bound. It had two free oil changes in it and cost only $25. That sold very well! But I can't remember the name of the company. I think each city has different coupons, but I would like to get a list of several companies and compare.

 

Other ideas on raising money as a family to get dd to a youth gathering would be appreciated, too. The youth group ideas aren't raising much money and we want to do something on our own.

 

TIA

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Or one of the Higher Things ones in Logan, Utah or Tennessee?

 

For your youth group, Family Pastimes is a very generous supporter of fund raisers for non-profits. I don't think they would do this for a single family, though, even if it were the same basic cause. Check their website. I don't know whether you're familiar with them, but they develop and sell cooperative, rather than competitive, board games at various levels. I really like their games a lot.

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Or one of the Higher Things ones in Logan, Utah or Tennessee?

 

For your youth group, Family Pastimes is a very generous supporter of fund raisers for non-profits. I don't think they would do this for a single family, though, even if it were the same basic cause. Check their website. I don't know whether you're familiar with them, but they develop and sell cooperative, rather than competitive, board games at various levels. I really like their games a lot.

 

NO. I will check out Family Pastimes. Thanks, Carol!

 

If only we had more time and energy, we might be able to create our own whatevers to sell. I think even buying candy bars at Sam's Club and selling them for $1 at co-op might add up.

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A few years ago, I did a Tupperware fundraiser for our family. You can do it as a one-time thing with no shows or anything like that (unless you want to do a show). When I did it, we had a choice between a catalog with higher prices (and we'd get 50%), or a catalog with lower prices (and we'd get 30%). I think we did it for about a month, and did pretty well. We received the check quickly. I got all of the information from their website.

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Have you spread the word that you are trying to raise money for this trip? Honestly, I would much rather hire her as a helper for a few hours (she could fold towels and help entertain the toddler while I did deeper cleaning somewhere) or just donate money instead of buying something. I would be more generous that way. Or I would be willing to donate items for her to have a yard sale. Those seem to be good fund raisers here, especially if they are advertised as such.

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How much is she trying to raise?

 

In our area, the community discount card is a good fundraiser. The local guy that arranges it typically books different groups for different sales periods, so you have to get on his calendar. The group gets half the profit ($5 per card).

 

Mother's afternoon out is always a good winter fundraiser..people drop off elementary age for a Sat. afternoon $10 donation. Teens have organized activity stations around a gym and group usually rents a bounce house as one of the stations. A mom that's a nurse is the first aid provider and adult on duty.

 

If she or her friends can lifeguard, a pool party for local youth is a possibility. Some can run concessions too.

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How much is she trying to raise?

 

In our area, the community discount card is a good fundraiser. The local guy that arranges it typically books different groups for different sales periods, so you have to get on his calendar. The group gets half the profit ($5 per card).

 

Mother's afternoon out is always a good winter fundraiser..people drop off elementary age for a Sat. afternoon $10 donation. Teens have organized activity stations around a gym and group usually rents a bounce house as one of the stations. A mom that's a nurse is the first aid provider and adult on duty.

 

If she or her friends can lifeguard, a pool party for local youth is a possibility. Some can run concessions too.

 

How would one go about finding who does up the discount cards? I think the hs band sold some. I guess I could call the public high school.

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Our church did sit down dinners to raise money. There were a couple of gifted cooks who would supervise. One trip was pasta/Italian themed. The folks going on the trip did the table waiting and did a small presentation. There were also envelopes on the table for donations. We bought tickets for the dinner, which were reasonably priced. I think that the group raised a couple thousand dollars with this.

 

I've also seen that our scout group can raise a lot with a bake sale, but this might depend on your location. We can generally raise about $400 in one day's bake sale.

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Our church did sit down dinners to raise money. There were a couple of gifted cooks who would supervise. One trip was pasta/Italian themed. The folks going on the trip did the table waiting and did a small presentation. There were also envelopes on the table for donations. We bought tickets for the dinner, which were reasonably priced. I think that the group raised a couple thousand dollars with this.

 

I've also seen that our scout group can raise a lot with a bake sale, but this might depend on your location. We can generally raise about $400 in one day's bake sale.

 

I could see people being willing to spend the $ they would spend going out to eat after church right there at church.

 

Where do you hold the bake sales? And what day/time? The bake sales we've done in the past haven't taken in much. And parents are out the $ and time in making items.

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To find the discount cards: ask the fundraising chairperson of another youth group such as PTA/PTO or High School Music Dept Chair. You might be able to find a contact number on the back of a card. The ones around here expire in April, so you'll be getting in at a good time. They pretty much sell themselves - you just have to find people that don't already have one which can be a little difficult if an entire school grade sold them.

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Three ideas--

 

Holding a bake sale--have a church "coffee hour" bake sale. The key is to NOT put prices on the items. Many will donate a lot (a LOT) more this way.

 

Moss gardens--these are cheap and easy to make, and you can usually sell them at a festival, farmer's market, or garage sale. Again, have your youth group make them and sell them at church. Dig the moss from someone's yard, ask for a bag of potting soil from a home store as a donation, and use people's old knick knacks and thrift store dishes to make the gardens. You can sell them anywhere from $10 to $25. The Dollar Store is a good place for little statues, miniature houses, and those river stones or glass stones used for crafting (don't spend more than a dollar or two on each garden).

 

Mulch--you can take pre-orders for mulch, and then go around mulching people's spring landscaping. It's very lucrative. You need mulch, a pickup truck, rakes, shovels and lots of helpers (perfect for a youth group). One of our families has the kids over to mulch her front garden/bushes area every year--she actually buys her own mulch, and pays the kids about $100 to spread it (sometimes in the back, too) for her.

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Wow-- I'm hearing ideas I'd never have thought of. I will have dd contact a girl from the band. I think that's the group that sold the discount cards. Those really do pay for themselves and sell themselves!

 

I think our church itself is tired of the youth selling things and the youth person has other things planned so I'm hoping to "market" other people.

 

Keep those ideas coming!

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