Saving Money while Helping Others with #GluenGlitter #cbias

by Pam on October 25, 2012

I love saving money. My kids will tell you, “If she doesn’t have a coupon or it’s not on sale, forget it.” Lately, after having a few household mishaps, I’d been trying to find more ways to save money. Then, a light bulb went off. (pun intended.) Why not make the switch to energy efficient CFL bulbs? The kids and I did a research project and learned that CFL bulbs are four times as efficient as regular bulbs and last up to ten times as long. We took a trip to Walmart to check out the new CFL bulbs from GE. My favorite was the Energy Smart bulbs. Not having to change a light bulb for around eleven years?  I’m good with that!

I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to show the kids a graphic example of our energy savings with a science project.  Remember how I try to sneak in educational activities whenever I get a chance? 

Grabbing our Elmer’s trifold board

To make our Home Lighting Energy Savings board you will need:

Yellow Sticky Back Foam Sheets
Elmer’s Glue
Elmer’s 3D Glitter Pens
Elmer’s White Paint Pen
Sticky Back Foam Letters
A coloring sheet of a regular light bulb
A coloring sheet of a CDL light bulb

We began by researching both types of bulbs for facts. How many hours did the CFL bulbs last? How long do traditional bulbs last?  How much energy would we save? How much money would we save?  Then we drew cut one conventional light bulb and one “CFL” light bulb from the memory foam. We glued each bulb to one side of our trifold board and added facts about each bulb below.  We used the Elmer‘s 3D glitter pens to draw the silver base of the bulbs. For the CFL light bulb we used the Elmer’s white paint pen to create the white strips.  
Next, we colored ten traditional light bulbs with yellow and silver glitter.  This shows how many traditional bulbs is takes to equal one CFL.  We glued these down to our board with our Elmer’s glues and finished by using the foam letters to write “Home Lighting.”

When we finished calculating our savings we found by switching three bulbs to CFL’s, their energy cost for the year would only be around $20.  That’s when the second light bulb (probably a CFL) went off over my head. Why not take the money we’re saving and use it to purchase supplies to donate at my son’s school? 
This year I’ve been participating with Champions for Kids to raise awareness of others in need. Their goal is to mobilize 20 million people to help 20 million kids by 2020.  

As a former elementary teacher I know how much money teachers spend out of pocket to buy school supplies for their classroom. I knew we could make the teachers’ week a little brighter with our donations. 

Many times when people donate to a classroom-and almost anything is appreciated, believe me- they donate basic supplies like pencils or crayons.  For our simple service project I tried to give some less commonly donated, but much needed, items like copier paper, dry erase markers and sticky notes.

When I took the donations into the office at my son’s school, the secretary, Lois, was thrilled. “How did you know exactly what supplies we needed?” she asked.  She was opening the copier paper when I left. 

Want to learn more about how you can get involved helping others?  Visit the Champions for Kids Facebook or Twitter site. Want to learn more about making your own crafty #gluenglitter project?  Check out my google plus album

I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias™ and Elmer’s #CBias #SocialFabric” All opinions are my own.

Pam is a former teacher turned work from home mom. When she's not caring for her kids or cats, she can be found whipping up tasty recipes, trying her hand at the newest techie gadgets or reading. She loves to travel whenever she has a chance and spends way too much time on the computer sharing her experiences.

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Grace Hodgin October 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm

I loved this post and seeing the shopping trip unfold.


Crystal Threeprncs October 25, 2012 at 5:42 pm

Loving your board. I have to make the switch to more energy efficient bulbs soon!


Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell October 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

Brilliant thinking and it’s wonderful that you donated your savings that way! Awesome!


Turning the Clock Back October 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

I taught preschool for 4 years and you are right,…teachers spend a lot of their own money on supplies! This is a great project. Love the board you made!


Barb W. October 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm

Love how you incorporated such a valuable lesson for your children and a donation into your shopping trip and energy saving switch- pure awesomeness!


Terri October 25, 2012 at 7:01 pm

What an great way to help the school! Your family is always reaching out in your community! I hope others are inspired to do the same :)


QueenB October 25, 2012 at 7:15 pm

i love that you were able to bring office supplies to the staff at the office!! awesome!


Andrea H October 25, 2012 at 7:25 pm

How nice of you to bring in the office supplies! I love your board too!


Jennifer S. October 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm

What a great idea and fun project!!!


Jennifer @TheRebelChick October 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

That is so wonderful that you donated the supplies to your son’s school. Most schools are so underfunded that they desperately need supplies!


Stefani @ October 25, 2012 at 8:50 pm

You did an awesome job on this campaign! I love being able to help others. Makes me feel good.


Tesa @ 2 Wired 2 Tired October 25, 2012 at 8:57 pm

What a great idea for a project! It’s wonderful to see campaigns that give back like this.


Ellen October 25, 2012 at 10:29 pm

What a great cause. I love it when people give back.


Kathy Murphy October 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm

What a great project for your kids to work on. We are about half way through out house replacing the old lightbulbs.


Crazy Coupon Mommy October 26, 2012 at 12:12 am

Love love love teaching kids about goodwill and charity. What a great project – thanks for sharing!


Nichol October 26, 2012 at 12:19 am

We made the switch to CFL a while ago! I love that you donated those supplies from your savings, how smart is that!


Daisy TrendyMomReviews October 26, 2012 at 12:33 am

What a great idea!
We switched to CFL a while back.


Shell Fruscione October 27, 2012 at 6:16 am

I love that you made it such a great learning experience for your kids & that you gave back since you were saving! That’s awesome!


Shelby Barone November 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm

It is so great that you donated school supplies. I loved seeing how you showed your family’s savings too!


Joan Cook November 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

Great post!


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