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If one orders an item to donate to a charitable organization, such as a shul or Yeshiva, and wants to deduct the value of the item from his ma'aser money, can he deduct the shipping costs?

Does it make a difference if he could have picked the item up in the store and saved on shipping, but for his own convenience (or time constraints) chose not to?

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It would seem logical, just as having any expenses would probably count as ma'aser. Perhaps even the stamps used to mail in a check is part of the ma'aser. It would not matter what you could have done, only what you actually did. –  sabbahillel Jun 11 at 22:11
    
@ypnypn thanks - I'm particularly un-gifted at making titles. –  YeZ Jun 11 at 23:49
    
Considering that ma'aser to begin with is not a real requirement, but rather a good practice, I don't see any reason why you wouldn't be able to do that... –  WhoKnows Jun 12 at 0:03
    
@WhoKnows I assume you wouldn't use the same logic to say that you could toss it in to a lake. And sifri to devarim 14:22 implies it is a mitzvah. –  YeZ Jun 12 at 3:05
    
@YEZ Theoretically, you can do with your money what you want... And we don't seem to hold like that Sifri halacha l'masei. –  WhoKnows Jun 12 at 13:52

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