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Budget, Gifts & Favors August 12, 2014

The Raffle Basket Project

I am excited to introduce you to another Women’s Ministry Leader today – Roberta Dunnicliff has a great Raffle Basket Project to share with you!

I love how many women come together to make this project a big success! 

Budget, Planning, Shopping February 14, 2014

Shopping for Women’s Ministry Supplies – Part 2

Shopping for Women's MInistry Supplies Part 2

*Please note this post contains affiliate links. Your support is appreciated! Any purchase you make allows me to continue to give away free resources to women’s ministry leaders.

Today I’m going to highlight my favorite on-line shopping sites for Women’s Ministry supplies.

If you missed it, be sure to go back and check out Shopping for Women’s Ministry Supplies Part 1 (Brick and Mortar Stores).

My favorite online sites:

  1. Amazon
  2. Christian Book Distributor
  3. CTA Inc.
  4. DaySpring
  5. VistaPrint
  6. Oriental Trading

What I buy where:

  1. Amazon – office supplies, ministry resource books, Christian DVD’s, Bible studies, beverage station supplies.
  2. Christian Book Distributor (CBD) – books, leadership resources, gifts for speakers, door prizes, team gifts, DVDs, Bible Studies.
  3. CTA Inc.  – event favors, speaker gifts, team gifts, devotionals, and prayer cards.
  4. DaySpring – greeting cards, speaker gifts, door prizes, team gifts, gift bags, home décor.
  5. Vistaprint – banners, rack cards.
  6. Oriental Trading – themed items, gift bags, canvas bags.

Favorite purchases:

  1. Amazon – recent Christian movies
  2. CBD – devotionals
  3. CTA Inc.  – prayer cards and devotionals
  4. DaySpring – bulk greeting cards and notepads for Mother’s Day
  5. Vistaprint – rack cards for an outreach event
  6. Oriental Trading – canvas bags for our Blessing Bag project

Savings tips:

  1. Get on their email lists so you’re alerted to sales, free shipping, coupon codes, etc. DaySpring runs some great sales. CBD has specials for a limited time every week. Vistaprint also runs some great sales. I have a separate email account for my internet shopping.
  2. Shop the clearance and bargain sections on the sites. If you see something you want, grab it as quantities are likely limited.
  3. Think forward – as I mentioned in 10 Ways to Stretch Your Budget buying for future events will help to stretch your budget.
  4. Order enough to qualify for free shipping if you can.

 What are you favorite on-line shopping sites for Women’s Ministry?

You may also want to read:
Shopping for Women’s Ministry Supplies Part 1
11 Time Savers for Busy Women’s Ministry Leaders


Encouragement Idea: Blessings Bags

 

Budget, Planning, Shopping February 11, 2014

Shopping for Women’s Ministry Supplies – Part 1

Shopping for Women's Ministry Supplies Part 1

I admit I love to shop and I love searching for great deals year-round.

I’m always on the lookout for supplies for future Women’s Ministry events.

When I spy a great deal I grab them and stash them away for later use.

I’ve spent years building up supply closets filled with reusable decorative items.

I’ve kept a tub filled with door prize and gift items (almost all found on clearance).

Savvy shopping and planning ahead has allowed for some amazing budget stretching.

Today I’m sharing my favorite brick and mortar stores for shopping for supplies.

Whenever possible I use coupons to stretch our budget even farther.

Brick and Mortar Stores

  1. Dollar Stores – Dollar Tree and Mighty Dollar
  2. Warehouse Clubs – Sam’s Club and BJ’s
  3. Christian Bookstores – LifeWay and Family Christian
  4. Craft Stores – Hobby Lobby, Michaels, JoAnn, and AC Moore
  5. Home Improvement Stores – Home Depot and Lowes

What I buy where:

  1. Dollar Stores – napkins, plastic tablecloths, plastic platters, vases, candle holders, frames
  2. Warehouse Clubs – bulk plastic silverware, plastic cups, coffee cups, coffee creamer, paper plates, napkins, desserts, appetizers, candy/chocolate, fruit
  3. Christian Bookstores – speaker gifts, team gifts, DVDs, CDs, books, greeting cards, thank you notes, door prizes
  4. Craft Stores – sets of gift bags, craft supplies, baskets, notepads, journals, notecards, tealights  – always with a sale and/or coupon
  5. Home Improvement Stores – mirror tiles, ceramic tiles, plants, flowers, metal paint buckets, metal tubs for ice or putting food on ice

Favorite purchases:

  1. Mighty Dollar –composition books with beautiful covers for a conference
  2. Sam’s Club – colorful coordinating plates and napkins for an event
  3. LifeWay – Beth Moore prayer card sets for door prizes
  4. Michaels – heavily discounted matching journals, notepads, and notecards (I think I paid 25 cents each)
  5. Home Depot – square mirror tiles (so much cheaper than the decorative ones)

Where are you favorite places to shop for Women’s Ministry supplies?

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Budget, Planning February 7, 2014

10 Ways to Stretch Your Budget

10 Ways to Stretch Your Women's Ministry Budget

Whether or not your ministry is blessed with a budget, we are all called to be good stewards of the funds we are given and collect.

Over the years I’ve honed my savvy shopping skills and use them to stretch our Women’s Ministry budget as best I can.

Here are 10 ways you can stretch your team’s budget:

  1. Shop year-round – grab those clearance items in January for your Christmas fellowship. Red Christmas plates, napkins and table cloths can be used in February (and vice versa), green in March.
  2. Shop online – opt in for emails from businesses you purchase from and you’ll often receive emails with coupon codes free shipping deals. I’ll share my favorite on-line places to shop next week!
  3. Charge what it costs to hold the event – do what you can to make sure your income and expenses cancel each other out.
  4. Enlist your ladies to provide the food (usually we cater our lunches/dinners). Many are happy to bring snacks, appetizers, etc.
  5. Create and stick with a line-by-line budget for every event. Give each team member a set budget.
  6. Invest in re-useable décor items – tea light holders, hurricanes, platters, mirrors, etc.
  7. Use coupons (online coupon codes and Sunday paper coupons) to purchase items – flowers, coffee, tea, paper goods, creamer, etc.
  8. Ask for a discount or donation – restaurants will often donate food for events, business may donate a door prize, grocery stores usually have a monthly gift card amount for non-profits. Ask in advance and take your non-profit tax ID number with you.
  9. Tap into the group of crafty women at your church. Depending on the task they may not need to purchase much in the way of supplies. Most scrap bookers have an excess of paper, stamps, etc. We made our own bookmarks for retreat favors one year.
  10. Utilize your in-house resources – print posters, name tags, programs, laminate, bind, etc. at the church. Only out-source what you must.

Let’s help each other out – what other ideas do you have for stretching your Women’s Ministry budget?