Donate to Japan: Even you can afford to help in the aftermath of Japan’s Tsunami and Earthquake because you can do it for free.
My longtime readers know that Japan holds a special place in my heart: my husband and I met there 8 years ago. Paul was a cryptologist in the Navy working on the Yokosuka naval base, and I was a student studying abroad at Meiji Gakuin Daigaku (University). Watching the earthquake, tsunami, and then nuclear meltdown unfold (and continue to unfold) has felt like a punch to my stomach.
We’re right in the middle of the Save Beyond Your Means Series, and I realize that many of you probably do not have very much extra money to donate to Japan. Well, you are in luck! We can all donate to Japan by spending ten minutes here or there visiting some of the sites below, commenting, “liking” on Facebook, giving our rewards points, etc. All efforts are sincerely appreciated. Also, check out some of the article links at the end to find out how to donate money.
- Credit Card Rewards Donations: Our credit card is through Citibank, so we are a part of the Thank You Rewards network. For a donation of 5,000 points, the American Red Cross receives $50 for their International Response Fund. A 10,000 point donation equals $100 for the Red Cross. Amex Membership Rewards can also be used to donate. Check with your own credit card rewards programs to see if you can do the same.
- MyPoints Survey Rewards Donations: If you take part in reading surveys for points, you can donate for free using your reward points. On MyPoints you can donate to the American Red Cross for as little as 500 points.
- Comment on Blogs: The following blogs will donate from $0.25-$1.00 per comment, up to various amounts: Moms Need to Know, Centsable Momma, Surviving the Stores, Mama’s Spot, and The Big Red Pot.
- Frequent Flyer Miles Donation: Donate through United’s Mileage Plus Charity Miles Program.
Help Me Help Japan
Swagbucks is an online search engine where you get points for searching online. If you sign up using my referral link for Swagbucks, then I will receive 3 free Swagbucks. Any Swagbucks that I receive as a result from you using my referral code I will use to make a donation.