Many of us donate money to charities during this time of year, which is a great thing to do! But do one more thing when you open your wallet: Be sure to tell the charity that you would like to opt out of receiving any free gift (a T-shirt, tote bag, etc.) or regular newsletter/magazine. These items are used as incentives to help raise money, but they cost money to make and ship. By opting out of receiving something you probably didn’t want anyway, you can make sure the full value of your donation is going toward the charity’s good works.
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