It is hard to find a balance between giving and thriftiness. I want to be more charitable, but I cannot afford to just give tons of money away. Today I have some suggestions for giving that are very thrifty!
1. Clean out the closets. Do you really need your favorite jeans that don’t fit you anymore? (Placing mine in the Goodwill bag now…sigh.) Many of us have clothing, purses or shoes that aren’t in use, but are still in good condition. Donating to your favorite local charity can get you a tax deduction and a warm fuzzy feeling.
2. Clean out your stockpile. Did you buy 20 cans of sardines only to find out that no one likes them? What about that cereal that your child decided they can’t stand? Items in your stockpile that were cheap or free can be great food bank donation items. Many churches also have food pantries and would happily accept any unopened and unexpired items.
3. The gift of time. What is the one thing you have that won’t cost you any money? Time. Sit with an elderly neighbor to chat. Visit your local elementary school to volunteer (I would be surprised if they turn you down). Offer to babysit for a couple’s date night. The gift of time is endless!
4. Give your expired coupons. Did you know that military families overseas can use your expired coupons? If you are being super thrifty, this idea will only cost you some shipping. You will be supporting those who help keep our country safe and strong.
5. Teach others. Of course, you know I am passionate about this one. Think about what you know the most about in life. Find someone to pass that skill to, just because. I know that my great aunt really wanted to pass on her skill of crocheting, but I lived too far. I wish I had that opportunity back again. There are people out there wanting to learn. Teach them!
What do you do to be thrifty and still give?