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I hear a lot of people talking about how much they give to charity. It’s as if it’s become some sort of thing to brag about. I don’t like hearing how this celebrity donated thousands of dollars to this charity. Or how much a relative tithes at church. I personally feel that money should something that’s private. I’ve had times in my life where I have been able to give financially to others. I’ve also had times where donating a dollar to the charity at the checkout counter was too much. When talking about giving, we tend to think in dollars in cents. But, giving does not have to mean swiping a credit card or writing a check. There are different ways to give to others even if you do not have a lot (or any) discretionary money.
Give From Coupon Stockpile
A coupon stockpile is a great resource to be able to gift others. If you have the time, you can stockpile toiletries, groceries, household items and other products at a very low cost or for free. I have given family members and friends gift baskets filled with products from my stockpile instead of purchasing a gift. You can also donate items to the food bank or other charity organization. It’s a great way to give without spending money.
I try to utilize all reward programs I can to build up my gift card stash. I use them to purchase necessities for myself or gifts for others. It’s nice because it’s not money that comes out of my budget.
My two favorites are listed below. They are affiliate links but both are services I fully recommend to anyone!
Qmee is an extension for Chrome that pops up on a side when there is a paid link. For example, I’m searching for an alarm clock on Amazon, Qmee pops up and offers 6 cents for me to click through them. It only takes a few seconds. I like Qmee because they pay instantly to Paypal or to a charity you pick. It’s not a lot, only a few dollars a month but it’s a few dollar I didn’t have before.
Swagbucks is a search engine, just like Google. Only, when you search through them, you get the chance to earn points that are redeemable for gift cards. There are other ways to earn but I don’t usually have the time.
Purchasing via Bloggers
You may not know this but not all bloggers make a ton of money. The ones that do are a rarity, not the norm. Most of us spend hours a week on our blogs and money to pay for hosting fees, domain names and designers.
If you find a blog helpful, it’s nice to click through their links to make a purchase. If I’m going to buy something anyways, I try to go through another blogger first. It’s not much but I know I’m blessing another family this way.
If you don’t have money, think about giving your time. Maybe you could babysit for a neighbor in need. Or, serve your local food bank. A lot of times, churches do clothing drives and they need people to help collect the donations or organize them. There are too many ways to give your time to list.
Using Your Talents
What talents to you have? Are you a great writer, baker, singer or organizer? Perhaps you are a great listener. Make a list of your talents and try to think of creative ways you can use them to make a difference in someone’s life. If you are a writer, maybe you can write the blog posts for your church. Or, if you are able to design websites, you could build one for a non-profit organization.
Poverty has many struggles but it doesn’t take away wanting to help others. One of the hardest parts of being broke is not being able to give generously. I’ve met people who’ve struggled with poverty who are the most generous people I have ever met and truly want to help others but do not have the means to do so. Being broke does not mean you can’t give to others. You might have to be a little more creative than pulling out a checkbook but it’s very doable.
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