Giving without spending (too much)

‘Tis the season for giving… it is the time of the year in which we not only show our loved ones how much we love them but also look for ways to share our many blessing with the community. www.savingadvice.com listed a number of ways that we can help our favorite charities which won’t damage our wallets (too much anyway).

* Donate Your Time: Organize an outreach and try to make it a regular affair (and not just for the Christmas season). Hands On Manila recruits, educates, and coordinates a network of volunteers for diverse community projects within the greater Manila area. For more information, to find out the next date and location of an orientation or to check the monthly events calendar, contact: handsonmla@yahoo.com, homla@info.com.ph.

* Donate Your Skills: Less obvious to many is that you may be able to donate a skill that you have to the charity. This is great for people like me who have poor interpersonal skills. If you are an accountant, help keep the books in order. If you have a flair for organizing, organize a garage sale… the options are endless. If you have a skill, ask the charity if they can use it (chances are they’ll give you a resounding aye).

* Donate By Clicking: There are a number of websites that receive money by you simply clicking on a button. When you do, advertisers are displayed and they pay a certain amount for each click. You can find a large list of charities that make money this way at Charity Click Donation

* Place The Charity In Your Signature: Place the website address to the charity in the signature of your emails (this will make it show up at the bot om of every email you send out). If you participate in a number of online forums, place a link to the charity in your signature that will show up each time that you post on those forums. This is a great way for others to learn about the charity, especially if you are active and well liked in the community (hehe… assuming).

* Sell Goods For Charity: If you have old stuff lying around the house, consider selling it on eBay and having the income generated go to the charity of your choice. I’m going to be joining the San Lorenzo Village community garage sale on Nov. 18. Proceeds from the booth rentals will go to Perdisco, an organization geared towards helping the persons with disabilities in my community live normal, productive lives.

With a bit of creativity, there are a lot of ways that you can help your favorite charity without spending a lot of money.

10 Things to Buy That Will Save You Money

I read this great article at www.pfadvice.com which listed a few items which more than pay for themselves in the savings they provide.* Water Filter: Some people feel their home tap water is not good to drink. If you are concerned about the quality of your tap water and regularly buy bottled water, purchasing a water filter will save you hundreds of dollars over time. A quality water filter will make your water just as pure as most bottled water and pay for itself within months in most cases.* Faucet Aerator: Faucet aerators are small devices you can place on your faucets in your house. They reduce the water flow coming out of the faucet by about half. Even with half the water flow, the water stream from the faucet will often feel stronger than the normal flow due to the way they work. Using faucet aerators will save a typical family of four about 280 gallons of water a month and pay for themselves in less than a year.

* Low Flow Shower Heads: Much in the same way that faucet aerators reduce the amount of water used from your faucets, replacing regular shower heads with low-flow shower heads can reduce your hot-water consumption while showering by as much as 30%. Due to the way they are manufactured, they will provide a strong, invigorating spray. The low-flow shower heads save money in two ways: a reduction in water consumption and a lowering of the energy costs needed to heat the hot water for the showers. An added benefit for those with larger families is low-flow shower heads will make the hot water last longer for multiple showers.

* Compact Fluorescent and LED Lights: While compact fluorescent (CF) light bulbs cost more than regular incandescent light bulbs, they use about two-thirds less energy and last years longer.

* Things You Use When They Go On Sale: Anything that you use on a regular basis that goes on sale is worth buying and stockpiling. As long as you know that you are going to eventually use it and won’t end up throwing out a large portion of it due to it expiring in some way, then it is worth purchasing it ahead of time. So the next time a 3 day midnight madness sale is advertised, make a shopping list of must have items (and I’m not talking about the red shoes or frilly blouse that you like in the window display).

* Rechargeable Batteries: Batteries can cost a small fortune, especially if you have a large number of electronic equipment that are “high drain” devices. While initially more expensive than regular alkaline batteries, purchasing Nickel-Metal Hydride (NiMH) rechargeable batteries can save you a lot of money in the long run. These replaced old-style NiCad rechargeable batteries and have a much higher capacity than NiCad’s do. Best of all, they don’t suffer from memory effect that could quickly shorten their life.

=======================================
Motherhood has a very humanizing effect. Everything gets reduced to essentials. ~Meryl Streep

Subscribe to my feed or subscribe via email to get notified of my next post.