Most people wait to give generously when they are wealthy or retired, but giving to charity isn’t just for the wealthy or well off. Most of us probably aren’t spending our days in glorious mansions overlooking our yachts, and attending exclusive charity benefits and art auctions. In fact, I would probably guess that those of you reading this post fall into the category of “I have no money leftover at the end of the month, how the heck am I supposed to be charitable too?!” Whether you are working to pay off a large amount of debt, or just can’t seem to find even a spare penny at the end of each month, you don’t need money to be charitable. Bet you didn’t see that one coming.
This is the season of giving and gratitude. I know you probably don’t think you have any time to spare, or any money, but I would bet that if you looked a little closer you might find that you’re wrong. I’m going to show you 3 charitable things you can still do when you’re broke.
3 Charitable Things to Do When You’re Broke
Give from your Coupon Haul
Items such as toiletries, cleaning supplies, canned goods, pasta, and so much more can be bought for very little or even free. These items can be donated to your local food bank, the homeless shelters, or another charity organization. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to give back without spending much money, if any.
Give the Gift of Your Time
This is probably one of the most underrated, but also the most helpful, way to help those in need. Everyone is busy, and sometimes taking a little off their plate can do wonders. There are so many ways to give your time. Here are some examples:
- Serve soup at the soup kitchen
- Help with your local church’s clothing drive
- Volunteer at a food bank
- Make treats or a gift basket and take it to a nearby cancer center.
- Volunteer at your local Humane Society or Animal Shelter
- Pay for someone’s meal
- Rake leaves or mow the lawn for an elderly neighbor
- Bring a meal or cookies to a neighbor you don’t know well
Use Humble Bundle for your Game and Book Purchases
Please note: I have never used this service before, this was a suggestion from another blogger.
Humble Bundle is a name-your-price store that sells games and ebooks in bundles, and donates part of the profit to charity and non-profits. Every bundle is different, and each one supports a different charity. These are updated monthly, and can be a great way for you to get games and books for really cheap.