One Reader Helped Those In Need & Scored Chacos Slides for Just $4!

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A hand holding a pair of Chacos slides that were on sale at DSW

One Hip2Save reader is helping struggling communities AND scoring cheap shoes at DSW! 

Have some spring cleaning to do? If you’re ready to clear out your closet, you don’t want to miss this tip! This week’s Happy Friday reader Vandna doesn’t throw away her old shoes. Instead, she donates them to DSW in exchange for store credit.

She then uses the credit to buy herself a new pair. Just recently, she used the points she earned towards a pair of Chacos slides and was able to get a pair of these popular sandals for just $4. How cool is that?! 🙌

“I recently discovered DSW shoe donation program. If you sign up to become a DSW VIP rewards member (free to join), you can donate one pair of gently used shoes a week in exchange for 50 points towards a new purchase!

I took in a pair of dress shoes to a DSW retail location to the checkout, gave them the phone number associated with my account, points are added right away to your account, and I dropped the shoes off in the bin.”

A family putting shoes in the DSW shoe donation bin

“Now, I’ve decluttered my home and earned points to save money for new shoes for my family. The shoes get donated to those in need. It’s a great program and so easy to earn points to save money in the long run.

DSW has great sales going on all the time and offers free shipping to all DSW VIP members when shopping online. My recent donation plus additional 30 percent off sale on Chacos slides allowed me to score a pair for $4! I’m doing a happy dance over here!”

wearing Chacos slides

This is such a useful tip, Vandna! We love how you were able to help others while also scoring yourself a great deal too. 🙌

Here is some additional information on DSW’s Soles4Souls program… 

Thanks to customers like Vandna, DSW has sent 73 million pairs of shoes and articles of clothing to vulnerable populations since 2006. The purpose of the Soles4Souls program is two-fold. It provides short-term relief to those in immediate need and long-term relief by helping to boost the economies of developing nations.

How the long-term relief initiative works is that many of the gently used shoes DSW collects are bought by non-profits for around $1 a pair. These non-profits then help people in developing nations create small businesses selling shoes in their communities. These businesses earn money which stimulates the economy and helps people to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

The program is pretty wonderful and we are so grateful that one of our readers reminded us about it! If you want to learn more about the program, visit DSW’s website for more information.

Thank you so much, Vandna, for sharing this important tip! It’s wonderful that you’ve been able to help out those in need and score a cute pair of shoes in the process! 🥰


Do you have a funny, “Hip”, or unique tip to share?! 🎙 Fill out our Happy Friday form! Every Friday, we post one submission by a Hip2Save reader (view past submissions) that gives us a glimpse into their frugal lifestyle or simply makes us smile. For the best odds of having your submission picked, check out our Happy Friday tips post!

If yours is published on Hip2Save, we’ll email you a $10 Amazon eGift card! 🛍

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