Hot WheelsWell, here’s another great deal on Hot Wheels this week for those of you lucky enough to have a Dollar General nearby!

Dollar General is having a 3 -day sale starting THIS Thursday, Nov. 20th. Matchbox and Hot Wheel cars will be Buy 1 Get 2 FREE. Regular price is $1.00-$1.25.  So, that makes them $0.33-$0.42/each!  They definitelydo ever ever go much lower than that!

There’s also a $5 off a $30 purchase coupon you can print out.  That’s a lot of cars to buy, but maybe you will find something else you need at the store.

Stock up for next year or add some last minute to your boxes this week!

If we’re lucky enough to see this deal online, I did find a few coupon codes we could use.  Plus, they are offering free shipping over $40 purchases right now!  I’ll definitely let you know if I discover this deal is valid online as well!

NOVSAVE5:  $5 off a $50 purcahse + free shipping, valid through 11/30No code needed:  25% off  $75+ toy purchase +free shipping, valid through 12/14

Thanks Susan, Waco Knitters, and Ashleigh for the scoop!



boy with carStill need some Hot Wheels for you boys’ Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes?  Check out this deal at Walmart online.  They currently have a 9 pack of Hot Wheels for just $5.80 ($0.64 each!).  Choose free store pick up.  I’m not sure if this price is the same in store or not, but you may want to check that out, too.

Thanks, Jennifer!


YOU are Invited to attend and participate:

*Calvary Chapel Bible College at 4 PM
39407 Murrieta Hot Springs Rd, Murrieta, CA

*El Morro Church of the Nazarene at 2-4 PM
1480 Santa Ysabel Street, Los Osos, CA

*Christian Life Fellowship at 9 AM
1200 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral, FL

*The LIFE at 6:30 PM
1 Old Westbury Rd, Old Westbury, NY

*Breath of Life Christian Ministries at 4-6:30 PM
4303 Rice St Ste D1a, Lihue, HI

PLUS drop your box at Chick-fil-A
Chick-fil-A Market at East Broad 10-7 PM
6240 E Broad St, Columbus, Ohio

Chick-fil-A Market of Hilliard 11-3PM
1988 Hilliard Rome Rd, Hilliard, Ohio


shopaholicHey everyone!  I am a little late getting my October/November (please ignore that I put the wrong date in the photo!) update posted for a couple reasons.  The main on being I couldn’t get my camera to communicate with my computer anymore.  And, then, after fiddling with this for several days, I finally realized that I could just use my phone to take a picture and email it to myself.  Doh!  I also wanted to get some combs for my shoeboxes.  I typically pick up the packs of combs at Dollar Tree or Walgreens.  Due to the bitter cold here in Colorado this week, I haven’t been out to do it.  I still will, but I needed to get my update posted as my packing party is this weekend!  Ack!


So, I didn’t get a whole lot things past 2 months.  Just a few odds and ends to round out my boxes.  I ordered my free nursing coloring books and was given another free Christmas coloring book.  I also got a free promotional T shirt and toothbrush.  All the wooden train whistles were also free off of my local Freecycle group.

I finally ordered my pencil sharpeners, got several items after Halloween at Target 90% off (erasers, stuffies, lallaopsy dolls).  And, I found several little notebook/pen combos marked down at Walgreens for $0.10.  And, finally, I threw in a beanie hat.  I had bought it for my daughter last year, but it didn’t fit when I pulled it out this winter.  So, to OCC it goes.  (It’s brand new).

My first ever in home packing party is this weekend.  I’m doing it open house style.  I sent out an evite and invited people to stop by anytime Saturday afternoon to pack one box or several.  Hopefully some people will show up!  I have enough items for at least 100 boxes, probably more.  Whatever ends up as odds and ends will be donated to the local processing center.  I decided last year that I’m no longer hanging on to items for the following year.  I’m trusting God to provide enough stuff for another whole batch of shoeboxes next year.

I still need to round up a few more shoeboxes.  Will probably ask for them off of Freecycle, as I’ve had great luck with that in the past.

What’s on your last-minute to-do list for Operation Christmas Child?

I’ll post another update after all the boxes are packed.  Have a happy (almost) National Collection Week!

Oct/Nov Total Items: 218
Oct/NovTotal Spent: $21.16
Time Spent: 1 hour
YTD Total Items: 3360
YTD Total Spent: $550.45
YTD Time Spent: 21.5 hours

That averages much less than $0.01 per item!  All those freebies and 90% off shopping really do make a difference! :)

I was really surprised that I only spent about 22 hours a year shopping for Operation Christmas Child!  It seems like I spend more than that, but I’m glad that it is actually so much less than I thought!


SamaritansPurseOperationChristmasChildDID YOU KNOW? Fun Facts about OCC

*Worldwide, Samaritan’s Purse has distributed 113,705,780 shoebox gifts in 150 countries since 1993.

*Total shoeboxes collected in 2013 worldwide:9,960,574

*Sending Countries -Austria, Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Liechtenstein, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States

*Total shoeboxes collected in the United States in 2013: 7,539,589

What will be our totals this year?
Collection Week Starts this coming Monday!!!
November 17th -24th



KMart – 6 inch wrench for $1.16 – order online and have available for store pick-up! Great for your older 10-14 boy boxes!
Thank you Jennifer for the scoop!



Free offer for Teachers – (students grades 8-12)


“Free “Learn to Crochet” kits!

One free box (containing 20 kits) per teacher.  Free “Learn to Crochet” kit includes yarn for 20 students, patterns for 20 students, crochet hooks for 20 students and crocheting instruction for 20 students. Kits will be shipped to the teacher’s attention the first week in December.”

***What a great idea for Sunday School/Homeschool/Christian Schools or even Afterschool clubs!

Learn to crochet – and crochet items for Shoebox gifts, homeless shelters, prayer shawls, etc.

Thank you Hannah for the scoop!


giftcardofferPurchase at least $45 in holiday Gift Card multi-packs by November 15, 2014, and you’ll get a $10 promotional code to spend at through January 1. You will receive your code within 2 days after placing your order. Enter “HOLIDAYGCS” at checkout to qualify.

NOTE: This offer is good ONLY to Amazon Prime members with a free trial or paid membership who have never purchased Amazon Gift Cards before.  Perfect way to stretch your dollars if you shop on Amazon a lot (use gift card for yourself) or if you planned on giving an Amazon gift card this holiday anyway!

Gift cards and details here.



lids hatsLids has some great deals in their clearance section.   There are hats for just $1!  You can choose to have items shipped to store for free!

Thanks, Jennifer!



Wow, November already!

I love November for lots of reasons:  Cold nights and warm jammies, hot tea, and fuzzy slippers.  Thanksgiving.  Baking.  Pumpkin and cinnamon and spice.   But, what I truly love about November is Shoebox Collection Week!  The week before Thanksgiving, Operation Christmas Child collects gift filled shoeboxes from all over the country.  Those little boxes filled with toys and gifts bring unimaginable joy to children living in third world countries.

Unimaginable joy.

Shoe Box Distribution in Belize 2006

We spend a lot of time here on Clip with Purpose talking about the gifts that go inside the box, don’t we?  We envision the smiles and the laughter that each of those little gifts bring.  We pack our carefully chosen gifts inside a shoebox, but it is actually what comes out of the box that is amazing.


Haiti, Photo courtesy Operation Christmas Child

Hope through Jesus.  Each shoebox is delivered along with the message of God’s grace.  It’s a chance for the orphan to be loved unconditionally.  Inner peace for the child living in a war torn country.  The message of love for a forgotten child living in the slums.

Our little gift filled shoeboxes really do show children that they are loved through gifts both tangible and eternal.  Isn’t it amazing to be a part of making something so small that has such a huge impact on the world?  We really are God’s hands and feet when we pack these shoeboxes.  So, that’s why I really love November.  Because, it’s all about reaching the hearts of little kids.

Thailand, 2006.  Photo courtesy of Samaritan's Purse

So, help spread the word to friends and family:  It’s Shoebox Season!  Fill your shoeboxes with gifts, fuel them with prayer, and send them off to ignite the spark of hope in children living in the darkest corners of the world.

Operation Christmas Child

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