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I Shop, I Save, I Give! Shopping for a Good Cause

Oct 07, 2015 11:40AM ● By Melissa Lauren
We’ve all done it—so many shopping bags on both arms, stacked like bangle bracelets. Walking tall, excited about rockin’ our new looks, only to get that disapproving look when we walk through home’s front door to which we reply, “Don’t worry, honey. It was all on sale!”

By Melissa Lauren

Now you can shop for a great cause, and conveniently online, at  And when your goodies arrive, tell your frugal significant other, “I Shop! I Save! I Give!” allows registered users to give a portion of money to a cause of their choosing when they purchase goods and services from registered retail outlets. proudly brags with their stirring slogan, “You Shop. Your Charity Gets Money. For Free.” It is simple and your partner can rest easy when you shop for things you want because you’ll both know you’re making a difference, since a percentage of what you spend is donated to your cause (on average 3 percent). philanthropic shoppers can use the iGive button at more 1,600 online stores including, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Crate&Barrel, Expedia, Fandango, and Famous Footwear, to name a few. The iGive button is a user-friendly web browser app that automatically activates at participating stores and works in the background while you shop online. You can multitask with iGive—it serves as retail therapy and retail philanthropy. Plus, you can shop normally without searching for pesky special savings codes. was established in 1997 as the Internet’s first “shopping mall,” where purchases benefit the shopper’s favorite cause. To date, about $8 million has been sent to more than 35,000 charitable organizations. This year alone, has raised nearly $340,000 for charities. iGive members average $100 annually towards their cause. If you don’t see your charity at iGive, you can list any cause, big or small, including schools, churches, disease research groups, social outreach efforts, classrooms, kids’ sports teams, local PTAs, arts organizations, and any other organization that is dedicated to doing good. Any cause in the U.S. or Canada qualifies and 501(c)3 nonprofit status is not required. is shopping that makes good cents!