Saving money is always great, but when it really becomes powerful is when you can take some of what you save to help touch or even change another person’s life. Even the smallest act of kindness can really make a significant impact on others. Today’s Savings Pledge post is not about what you can do to save more, but rather, what you can do to give more.
One of my favorite things about frugal living and couponing as it has significantly increased my ability to be able to give back. Whether it is a friend, family member or someone that I don’t even know, the best part about saving money is actually not how much it has benefited me, but how much it has benefited others around me. Generosity…even if it is only giving away something you yourself got for free…is contagious.
Here are a few ideas of how you can use your savings skills to help others:
-Surprise a friend, neighbor or even a total stranger with a daily deal certificate. It can be anything from a restaurant certificate, to a spa certificate to a certificate for a free oil change!
-Gather up a bunch your free samples and recent freebies and donate them to our troops.
-When you are out at the store and find a great deal on a clothing item, buy two and give one to a friend.
-Use your Swagbucks money to buy an Amazon gift card to give away to someone else.
-Bring some extra coupons along with you to the store and hand them out to strangers who are buying the items you have coupons for.
-Give one of your freebies to your favorite cashier at your favorite store.
-Use a Buy One Get One Free coupon at a restaurant to get the person in line behind you something free.
-Take some of the money that you’ve been able to save and pass it along to charity or family in need.
-Organize a food drive with your local MOPS group or at your church
These are just a few ideas that have been bouncing around in my head and that I’ve heard of others doing. What other ways have you used your savings to help others?
This post is part of the Bargain Blessings Savings Pledge series. If you have not already made your savings pledge, please do so and follow along with this series for lots more tips on how you can meet that pledge. Below is a list of the topics that I have covered so far. If you have any suggestions on future topics please e-mail me or leave it in the comments section.