Monday, January 14, 2013

Operation Christmas Child 2013 #3

Just the other day, I was (again) in the right place at the right time to get good deals for the Operation Christmas Child boxes. This time it was Wal-Mart, and everything in their $1 Deals section was $0.25 each. I was able to get: 9 packs of hair bows and a headband, 4 color-your-own dinosaur puzzles (with crayons), a dinosaur "magic towel", 2 packs of grow-your-own dinosaurs, and an activity pad.

Then I found these miniature "Barrel of Monkeys" games in the party favors section of Dollar Tree. I was pleased to discover that they aren't too tiny to be practical. They're adorable and functional, so I got three packs of them.

Of course, I got some great after-Christmas deals, too.

  • The small puzzles in the back came from Walgreens ($0.25 each).
  • The peg games came from Michaels ($0.25 each). (I was happy to find some thigs for the older boys' boxes, since I'm going to try to make up some for this harder-to-shop-for age group.)
  • The cups and sip-style cups came from Dollar Tree ($0.50 per pack, which averages out to $0.25 or less per cup).
  • I found the checkers games (incorrectly labeled "chess" - grrr! - $0.50 each) and the mini table tennis sets ($1 each) at Wal-Mart. (Both of these are also for the older boys - yay!)

Here's a slightly better view of a few of those items.

All in all, I was very pleased!


angie said...

Looks like you are well on your way to packing MANY shoeboxes. Perhaps you can solicit volunteers from your church who would like to sponsor the shipping for boxes that you fill.

Christa said...

I was thinking along those lines, too. I also know of a local Christian school that did a "drive" for these boxes this year. They offered to pay the postage as a service project. I figure something will work out, and I'll send as many as I can.

Shoregirl said...

Looks like lots of good deals here! Aren't clearance aisles the best?!