Mo Money! Mo Money!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011
If you've ever adopted or looked into adopting, you know that it's not cheap. We were very luck that we found such a great agency whose fees aren't outrageous, and they don't ask for much up front. Unfortunately, we can't seem to find any other agencies that don't require a good portion of their fees upfront, even the ones that compare to our agency. So, I need some ideas. We've got our fees for our original agency, but if we wish to sign with another, we will need more and honestly I don't want to borrow. I need some ideas.

I'm thinking of doing a yard sale to start. Of course, that requires me getting up in our attic and going through all the junk we've got to sell. LOL It needs to be done anyway though. What other ideas can you think of? Throw them all out there! :)

7 comments

  1. I hate yard sales... because they're a pain! But, if you guys have extra furniture/bigger pieces, consider selling on Craigslist. I buy and sell a bunch on there. It's super convenient because they come to your house and you only have to post online. It doesn't require you wasting your entire Saturday.

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  2. Check out my blog. I did an article (on the sidebar) about adoption fundraisers. There's actually a lot of them out there and some of them are really unique ideas. If we move down the road of adoption we plan on trying the Leaves of Love fundraiser. Hope this helps!

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  3. We are big Dave Ramsey fans - he recently had info out on adoption without debt. I think he may have even written a book on it. Good luck, I know something will work out for you.

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  4. We're doing a yard sale this weekend! My blog details our fundraisers - a puzzle one, Just Love Coffee, we already did a Pampered Chef show, an Etsy seller who is donating a portion of her profits. Definitely some good ideas out there!

    I also know of some agencies and attorneys who require no or little fees upfront. Not sure where you're located or if you want something local to you. If you're interested in knowing about these, let me know (contact info on blog) and I'll be happy to share. :-)

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  5. If you do a yard sale, let family and friends know that you are raising funds to adopt and ask if they have any items they'd like to contribute to the sale. Make the sale donation only. Sure you'll get the occasional cheapskate, but if people know WHY you are raising money, you will also have people who give A LOT more than they otherwise would (we've done yard sales to raise adoption funds for the past 4 years and our "donation only" sales have consistently raised 3 times as much as our sales where items were priced). Other favorite fundraisers. . .silent auctions (you could do this on your blog OR you could combine a silent auction with a cookout/barbecue or spaghetti dinner), puzzle/quilt fundraiser (people "sponsor" a piece of a puzzle or a quilt square that becomes a keepsake for your adopted child), "giveaways" (a nice way of saying "raffle") are generally very successful as well (gift cards, ipods, ipads, kindles, etc.).

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  6. We actually took out a loan on my husband's 401K for $5K. Sure, it's not ideal, but we were able to pay it back (with interest to ourselves) in a year. We also held a HUGE yard sale and asked friends to donate stuff to the sale. We raised about $1K with that and a lot of help from friends and family members. Also, we told our families, instead of Xmas presents, we want donations to the adoption fund! It was amazing how much that helped too!

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  7. I just found your blog today- we have been "paper pregnant" for five weeks- so I like reading and following other's journeys as well. I wanted to comment on this post, because we did a garage sale to fundraise for our home study fees ($1800) and had friends and family donate stuff. Some gave it to us beforehand, some brought it at like 7am the day of the sale, most stuff was just "make an offer, its for charity" so we didnt need to price it. We raised over the home study fee! It was amazing...we did have it in the parking lot of a plaza near a main road, which helped- the plaza has some restaurants, a gym, etc, so we got lots of people wandering in. Can't wait to keep following your journey!

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