How it works is you just purchase a card for the store of your choice (No Frills, Shoppers Drug Mart, or Foodland) from one of their pick up locations (Bancroft Pregnancy Centre, McMicheal Jewelers or Alice’s Pantry). You get the same value that you’ve paid for the card ($100 cash = $100 grocery card). The Pregnancy Centre receives 5% of the card value automatically. This is a huge help to them, since they rely completely on donations to keep their doors open, and it’s no extra money out of your pocket.
But if you think for a minute … it is an amazing budgeting tool as well. OK, I am going to come clean, it was actually Heather Johns that informed me of this program as she utilizes it herself in her work with clients. It is particularly helpful for people on a fixed income and people who like to spend money (which is all of us, right?) . Heck, they will be working great for me soon as I can be an impulse shopper.
With these cards, they make you think twice before tossing that extra bag on chips, or chocolate bar or…. into your cart. We all have a spending plan whether we realize it or not and sometimes can use that extra helping hand in order to to keep things on track.
My challenge to you is try it for one month (as I will be) not only are you supporting a great cause but you are also supporting yourself.