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Celebrating 500th article with an Amazon tip (column)

Holy cow.

I started this back in 2003, a year after opening TimeForCake.com.

And on this day in 2015, you’re officially reading the 500th article I’ve written for the Summit Daily. That’s a big birthday for this column.

How about you and I celebrate? With gifts? To others? That you don’t have to pay an extra penny for?

Granted, today’s fantastic tip is only relevant to people who use Amazon.com — but that’s you, right?

Donate Money Without Spending a Dime

If you use today’s tip (which takes approximately zero effort on your part), Amazon.com will make a donation to the charity of your choice every single time you make a purchase from them. How’s that for amazing?

It’s really, really easy. After you choose your favorite charity, it’s exactly as I said: approximately zero effort required.

Here’s all there is to it:

Go to good ol’ http://www.Amazon.com. Now, in the address bar, delete the “www” before Amazon.com and replace it with the word “smile.” So really, you’re going to http://smile.amazon.com.

You’ll be asked to pick the charity that Amazon should donate to each time you buy something from them. Choose your charity.

Good job; that was the hard part.

Now, forever and ever into the future, instead of going to http://www.Amazon.com when you want to buy something, always go to http://smile.Amazon.com to do your shopping. Everything looks exactly the same, you won’t realize anything is different — but you’ll be making a small difference in the world.

If you ever forget to start at smile.Amazon.com and go to http://www.Amazon.com out of habit, not to worry. Whenever you realize you went to the wrong version of Amazon, no matter what product page you’re on, just go up to the address bar at the top of your screen and replace that “www” with “smile” and continue about your business.

How amazing is it to be able to make a difference by doing practically nothing different at all?

Thanks for celebrating this column’s 500th with me. As your gift to me, I hope you’ll use today’s tip and begin effortlessly gifting to others when buying from Amazon.

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