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How do you raise money for your show?

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I don't see any problem with asking for donations to "keep the show going" as long as you make that clear & are using the money to supply lights/controllers etc and not on personal items, i'm sure there are a lot of people who would donate to you. That's just not my cup of tea, I prefer to do it all myself.

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If you can't afford a "display"(not sure the official meaning of that ) ,then save your money that YOU made, not hand outs,GoFundMe ect....sounds to needy. That rates next to a donation box ,somewhere in your display...if you can't do it on your own,then don't bother pestering others, to support a hobby that you cant. It's not aimed at anyone specific,but COME on, let's stop the B.S, and go support YOUR own habits,on YOUR dime,not others....

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I remember seeing a guy on T.V years who had a $700/month electric bill for his Christmas display. He but out a donation box to help pay the electric bill. A lot of people helped him out but he was also retired and older.

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What about the people (probably some from this forum) who have appeared on The Great Christmas Light Fight & Won 50,000 dollars of other peoples money to support their show? How is that any different?

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14 hours ago, TheShape said:

What about the people (probably some from this forum) who have appeared on The Great Christmas Light Fight & Won 50,000 dollars of other peoples money to support their show? How is that any different?

Well, that is a contest, and i enjoy watching it every year those folks who can enter such a contest deserve the money... as you can see they have already put a ton of money into it.... it takes money to make money is what dad always said.

 

Asking for help to pay your electric bill.... i never even thought about asking for help for that or anything else myself but i guess if your popular in your neighborhood and people like your display enough you can get by with doing it.

Sure if i had people donation me lights and whatever my display would/could be bigger but i figure in another 10 years it will get bigger. as i buy more things every year and as long the stuff is taken care of it should last sure lights go out but i only buy LED ones now.... i dont know if mine ever be as big as some of yalls but its big enough for us.... dad says noone sees the house... well living off of 2 main roads hes right not many see it but i do take videos of it and put on youtube more see it there then anywhere. but me my mom and my future wife enjoy it

 

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On 11/7/2017 at 2:43 PM, Big J Illinois said:

A minor....could be 17??...I had a job when I was 15,mom and dad had to sign a waiver SO I could work. ...at 16 I worked full time in the summer and part time during school and when I turned 17 (early birthday) I worked full time since...no hand outs, and anything I have bought...all on me... I don't use donation boxes.  Kind of needy sounding.. it is a hobby after all..so, start mowing,raking,cleaning, collecting and get used to calloused hands,sore muscles and a pride in what you accomplished by doing so. Any person that has stopped by and rang the door bell to "donate" HAS been turned away and told to keep there money. We do ,however ,condone donations of old christmas lights,items as such, to incorporate to the display. Working or not,old or new incandescent or LED,ect. It's about what you can do ,on your own dime,for the enjoyment of others. Not to have a hand out and relying on others, for your own gain. That's my rant,but nothing irks me more,then the mooching, free loading I have seen on this forum. 

At the age of 15 I had 6 houses a year that I would install lights on. Figure out how much companies charge and then low ball your bid so you can make some money. Its good christmas cash that I get every year for doing it. Im up to about 15 houses now and I am 20. On top of a full time job, and full time nursing student. If you want something, you can get it. You just have to put the effort out there.

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You must remember, this is a hobby. If you can't pay for it yourself now then save your money from the jobs that you do. If you ask me for money to help you pay for a hobby, I will never give you any. Let's say you collected stamps and had not money to buy them. Creating a gofundme to get the money would just be wrong.

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The Great Christmas Light Fight is a commercial venture from ABC that clearly makes that company a lot of money.  The "other people's money" is part of the budget from ABC to operate the show.  Don't want a fight....just sayin'.

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