Fill your Christmas stocking :: a $500 cash giveaway!

I can honestly say I’m anticipating the holiday season.  Really.

For our family, it’s one full of simple celebrations.  Such things as Advent envelopes to mark the passing days, our easy-peasy pie crust ‘cookies(for when Mom doesn’t feel like baking!), or making simple gifts for teachers.

I’m still thinking about 2012 plans and have started jotting a few notes via List PlanIT.  It’s shaping up to be a wonderful time of the year. 🙂

One thing I appreciate most is the focus on giving.  Our family does this in different ways, seeking to share generously of ourselves and what we have.

This year, I’m also incredibly thrilled to participate with a group of bloggers to give YOU, our readers, an opportunity to win some fabulous gifts.  It’s an opportunity for us to be generous, to give back in a small way, from our own blessings.

I’m actually quite excited for you!

There’s been some ‘oohing’ and ‘aahing’ behind the scenes, and now this HUGE giveaway is ready to roll.  The biggest gift you could win? — $250 in cash.

Yes!, two readers will each win $250, and there are still many other prizes (check them all out below).

Over 30 of us are hosting this giveaway and the only requirement is that you leave a comment on this particular post — tell us, what would YOU do with $250 cash right now?

That’s it.  Dream a little, tell us what you’d do…and you’re entered.

Of course, there are more ways to earn extra entries so be sure to take a peek!  Giveaway ends Black Friday at midnight and winners will be notified over the weekend.

Be generous yourself and share this giveaway with others via Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Email, Pony Express….well, you get the idea!  Buttons are at the end of the post, after the giveaway entry form.

Ready?  Let’s go….

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I would buy my kids some Christmas presents and I would also buy a few gifts for toys for tots.

I would save it toward a weekend getaway with hubs next year – we both turn 30 and could use a little spa time 😉


I would most likely buy some groceries & pay part of our electric. My Fiance and I both have lost our jobs and are having a hard time keeping our heads above water. It would give us both a few weeks peace of mind.


Easy. I would love the dickens out off my BBBS little sister & her family.


If I had $250 now, I would start sponsoring a child from Compassion, I would select some things that my daughjter has chosen from the Samaritan’s Purse Gift Catalog, and I would probably buy some wonderfully-scented candles for our home.

We would use the money to bless another family in need, maybe a fancy dinner at our house or a Christmas tree and a dinner. Teaching my kids to give is at the top of the list.


I would buy my kids christmas and share the rest with a family to help buy their kids christmas.

Hmm… I would probably use it to visit my brother and sister-in-law over the holidays. 🙂

Jackie Betancourt

Thanks so much for sharing this giveaway! We would definitely invite others over for a wonderful Christmas dinner!

Debra E

I would use it to either get “Ever Grateful” place settings from Dayspring or a metallic picture print of one of my Uncles photos!


I would use it to buy a heater for our unheated basement. We’re outgrowing our little house, and it would be a huge help to have usable space in the basement this winter. (Especially since that’s where the school room and playroom are.)


My DD wants to sponsor a child on the an angel tree, plus, it would give her a good Christmas. God has provided our needs, but times are tough right now for us. Thanks for this chance.

Grace S.

I would use it to help my husband go see his parents. He hasn’t see them in 4 years due to our finances and the fact that they live over 900 miles away.

Melissa Miller

I would put most of the money up and use it for the lean times of year and then I would give some to a good charity.

I would use it to buy Christmas presents for my family

Some would go towards bills and some would be used to help someone out that needs it.


I’ve been dreaming of getting my 5-year-old the new Leapad2 and Tag reading system bundle. $250 would cover that and cases, plus a few books and apps.

Melissa French

Our family would sponsor a local family in need to provide food and other needed items. We would also buy gifts for Toy drive. Teaching our child the joy of giving.

Catherine Oakley

Our church hosts a giving tree for families within our church body that wouldn’t otherwise have much of a Christmas. Although we can’t do much on our limited budget, I’d love the opportunity to bless one of these familes and $250 would go such a long way in doing that.


I would use it for Christmas gifts for my kids. My husband’s job has taken a big hit all if a sudden and they’ve told him there was no work for him the last two days. Christmas is beginning to look pretty sparse. 🙁

Megan Walker

I would use $250 for travelling expenses as my husband is going to be stationed in Germany next spring. It will be a big transition for us and our three month old son!

Sarah Mair

If I won $250, I’d put it towards our Emergency Fund. 🙂


How exciting! Thanks for the opportunity. I’d probably add to my Bosch replacement fund. My machine is dying and I’m saving to buy a new one.


I would buy something for my husband. We don’t ever buy each other gifts and he really deserves something for all the hard work he puts in for our family 🙂

beth lockwood

I would buy Christmas gifts for everyone


I would probably use it to take my 4 kids to a indoor water park…cabin fever months are coming, and Chicago weather doesn’t lend itself for bathing suits and water outdoors. 😀 Please pick me!


I would use this to supplement Christmas gifts for our family. I have been trying to only use cash back rewards and swagbucks, jingit dollars I have earned! this would help add to the limited budget!

Considering hubby and I are so broke our Christmas present to ourselves this year is folding chairs because we don’t have any chairs at all… I’d probably use it to pay bills!


Hmmmm….we’d use some for World Vision gifts and then I’d love to use a little for a few pieces of clothes for me…I never seem to get anything new. I wear the same jeans every day…it’s time for a new pair of pants!

My car is being fixed & will cost me $2000. I could really use the money!


Spend some, give some this Christmas. There are wonderful charities near me – WARM and My Very Own Blanket.

Danielle Hull

My husband set up a wonderful Christmas budget this year, so we’d put it towards attending our son’s graduation from basic training!

Really, we are just about $250 over our budget this month after some unexpected doctor trips and car expenses!


I would get some much needed car repairs. In the last 8 weeks I’ve had to make 3 different trips for repairs and now the brakes are metal to metal.

I would add it to our mission funds.

I would buy a new arrangement for our living room wall…probably a grouping of frames to arrange some of our favorite photos in. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time, but hate to spend money on stuff like that.

Marcella F

I buy a Christmas present for my husband. We haven’t bought each other Christmas presents for the past few years due to our tight budget.

Stephanie Byrd

I would spend $250 by giving some to my church to help those less fortuante, by my mom and mother in law a Christmas present and help friends that need it. It wouldn’t go far but I want to help others as much as I can.


As a first-time home buyer, I would use that money to add to my home improvement fund. Nothing glamorous – but it would be great to get a sump pump to keep water out of the garage!

Jenny Beaulier

I would love to buy my husband something special as well as giving the rest to the two families in our church who are adopting little ones this month!

teresa woodard

i pray to win this so i can give 7 children a christmas i cant give r=them do to no funs cause of cancer problens i wish iwant i pray to win!!!!!!!!

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I would use it on my 5 kids and husband I’m the only one working and I have to pay for bills with the money I get from work and I just don’t have enough for Christmas presents so I would use it on Christmas presents for my family

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