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Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 3 months ago #3173

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I have mixed feelings about being asked to donate as I'm checking out of a store like Costco. On one hand I think it's a good thing if most of the money actually goes to the cause, and on the other hand I think it's cheeky of Costco to ask me to finance their contribution that will probably earn them a considerable tax write-off.

What do you think?
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Re: Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 3 months ago #3178

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I've always hated that. You watch a telethon and see Business A's contribution, but that's really *my* contribution and other shoppers. I can write a check (and that's what I do).
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Re: Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 3 months ago #3179

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<strong>Orrymain wrote:</strong>
I can write a check (and that's what I do).

And that way you may be able to use the income tax deduction. I think if more people thought about these big box organizations and how they affect local economies, they may be less inclined to help with their deductions.

I assume Wal*Mart does that as well? I don't remember off the top of my head.
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Re: Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 3 months ago #3184

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Exactly. They take all of those credits. I suppose they get money from folks who wouldn't contribute any other way, but it goes against my grain.
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Re: Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 2 months ago #3227

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On the other hand, I donated to a couple little girls with a glass jar who were collecting for the Haiti relief, if I recall correctly.

I'm sure they were above board. It was touching.
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Re: Charitable Donations at Check-out Counters 4 years 2 months ago #3231

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Little kids is a whole other thing. That's not the same as a corporate business collecting our money at the checkout stand.
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