Stop the Clutter Madness…Give This Gift Instead!

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This post may contain affiliate links which help pay for this website. I never recommend anything I don’t use or believe in. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

So, I’m going to let you in on a little secret—I absolutely, positively despise clutter. And nothing seems to clutter my house up more than my kids’ toys and stuffed animals. Now I know toys have their purpose; they help little ones learn and in the case of that special stuffed animal, may even give them a sense of security, yada, yada, yada.

But many children, mine included, have more than enough to last the rest of their childhood! Not to mention, more often than not, the latest “must-have” toy sadly gets tossed aside in just a few short months, never to be touched again—except when you say it’s time to donate some things and suddenly they can’t live without it! Enter ninja-mode mom smuggling toys out of the house so stealthily that the cartels could learn a thing or two. But I digress from my point, which is this—toys really suck.

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So, what do you do when it’s time to celebrate that little one’s birthday, graduation or other special occasion? Let me suggest a gift that could potentially increase many times over, is never the wrong size, and won’t drive mom mad with clutter—the gift of stock! But that’s so difficult you say? The child doesn’t have an investment account? Well this fabulous company called Stockpile did all the hard work and made it easy for you to give the gift of stock to your favorite little (or big!) person! How cool is that?!

gift of stock

Say you decide to give them $50 of Facebook stock through Stockpile.  When they redeem your gift, they get fractional shares of Facebook stock in their very own stock account.  If they’re under 18, an adult (usually their mom or dad) will be on the account with them.  They can track their stocks on the Stockpile app or website, or even place trades that go to mom or dad for approval.

And if they say that Facebook stock you bought them is just “so 2000-and-late,” they can easily (read no fees!) swap it out for some stock in Snapchat, for instance, which I hear is the social media platform du jour with the young’uns nowadays! Haha! Regardless of whether they accept the stock you chose or switch to a different one, your recipient pays no fees. Those are all covered up front on the purchasing end.

What’s more…Stockpile made it easy for you to buy partial shares of your favorite stocks that you thought you might never be able to own! So, for example, you can buy $100 worth of Amazon stock without having to squirrel away the $900+ that it costs to own a single share of Amazon right now. I mean who doesn’t want to own a piece of Amazon today, amiright?!

To get you started on the path to investing, Stockpile is currently offering $5 in free stock to anyone who opens an account through my special link here. There are no catches; no monthly or recurring fees. Just grab your free stock in any of over 1,000 companies! They also offer ETF’s for Nasdaq, S&P 500, gold and more!

When you’re ready to purchase a gift of stock, it’s only $2.99 plus a 3% fee which covers credit card (or Paypal) processing as well as trading commission.  If you’ve ever researched buying a gift of stock, you’ll understand what an incredible value Stockpile is providing! It was truly cost-prohibitive just a few years ago.

And if you’re investing for yourself, it’s only 99 cents a trade, with no credit card fees if you pay with cash. Seriously, that’s it! Some discount brokerages charge upwards of $7.95 every time you buy or sell–Stockpile charges just $.99. Yeah, that price is so nice, I mentioned it twice!

gift of stock

So, the next time your favorite grandchild, niece, nephew, rug rat, celebrates another trip around the sun, wow them with the gift of stock from Stockpile. Hopefully it offers them many “positive returns!” And if they’re too young to understand just how awesome that is, include some of that awful slime and you’ll be a hero in their eyes!

 

I sent my first gift of stock just last week and my recipient loved it. It truly couldn’t have been simpler! Drop me a note in the comments and let me know if you grabbed your free $5 of stock and what you think of the service. I hope you love it as much as I do!

About The Author

Amy Davis

This post may contain affiliate links which help me keep the site running. All opinions and recommendations are 100% mine. I never recommend something I haven't tried and used myself.

I’m a former therapist turned stay-at-home mom sharing my tips and strategies to achieving freedom from debt. When I’m not blogging, cooking, cleaning or otherwise catering to the needs of my 4 little persons, you’ll find me binge watching Billions. #goals

6 COMMENTS

  1. Ryan | 20th Jul 17

    I too hate clutter! Just had my first kid and already worried about impending clutter. Thanks for the idea! p.s. love Billions as well!

    • Amy Davis | 20th Jul 17

      Congrats on your baby! I remember feeling anxious this Easter when my 1-year-old had some bags of yogurt melts and puffs and only one small toy in his Easter basket. He has barely touched that toy since. Don’t feel bad about it anymore! Next Easter will def have no toys!
      Ah a friend of mine works for Showtime but I haven’t been able to get any scoops on the show outta her yet! She scored me a Billions pullover though so I let her off the hook 🙂

  2. Mary-Ellen Fimbel | 18th Jul 17

    Cool idea! I am all for teaching kids about money and avoiding clutter!!

    • Amy Davis | 18th Jul 17

      Yes! I cringe at all the wasted money when it’s time to purge their toys. We always donate them, but still…

  3. Cherie | 18th Jul 17

    I’ve never heard of this, really neat!

    • Amy Davis | 18th Jul 17

      Yes I just found them a few weeks ago. It’s such a nice option to have if you really want to invest in someone’s future!

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