I am a native of Northern Virginia, and a current resident of Loudoun County; as well as a real estate consultant.
Whether you currently live in Loudoun (affectionately referred to in my family as LoCo), or if you're considering moving to the area, I hope you'll enjoy the information you get here! For information on our local real estate market go to http://therealestatewhisperer.blogspot.com/
Monday, September 21, 2009
Shopping for a Cause!
As we all know, it is serious back to school time. It seems to be consuming my life, and if you have kids in school, it's probably been your focus... too.
I was sent home a list of web sites where I can register my various store loyalty cards so that any school benefits are sent to my children's schools. But, you do NOT need to have school aged kids to participate.
If you have preschool children, I suggest that you sign up for the schools that your children WILL attend. If you do not have children, perhaps you'll choose to register to support schools that your nieces and nephews or grandchildren, or your friends' children attend. And, if all else fails, sign up to support the schools that your neighborhood kids attend. When neighborhood schools have more tools and resources, they are better schools - and if your home feeds to that school, it increases the demand for housing in your community. In other words, it can help increase the value of your own home.
So, take a few minutes and register to support a school - any school. All schools need our help and this costs you nothing but a few minutes. And, besides... next time you start to feel guilty because you spent a little too much, at least now you know you did it for a good cause!
Here's the list, if you have more to add, please chime in:
http://www.escrip.com/: Merchants include Safeway, Pavillions, Vonls, Genuarti's, PW Markets, Adams. Link any debit or credit cards for additional school earnings (VISA, MC, AmEx, Discover, Carrs, Graegars, Office Max). Also, you can print "Coupons for Kids" from the web site and your participating school receives an extra 5cents for every redeemed coupon.
Register your Giant Bonus Card This is quick and easy, and you can ask your support be divided by up to 3 schools (great when you have kids in more than one school).