For today’s Tiny Tip on A Thursday, I thought I’d share some of the ways I’ve found for giving on a budget.
Sometimes the extra money to donate is just not there. A quick and easy way I’ve found to give back in this situation is to use my reward program points.
I tend to be one of those people who simply let my points in these programs pile up and once in a while, check in to see if I’ve qualified for anything worth the effort. Many of these programs used to offer charitable donations as a reward option.
Unfortunately, the My Points program no longer offers charitable donations as a reward option. However, following an idea suggested on their Facebook page, I cashed my points in for an Amazon gift code and then used that code to send items to the charity’s wish list.
The Swag bucks page has a “Do Good” option under their reward options where you can donate 5 plus Swag Bucks to the charities listed.
We really don’t travel much but many hotels also offer the option to donate their reward points to charity.
Note: When giving to any charity, I highly recommend first doing your research about it. A favorite site of mine for this purpose is Charity Navigator.
They give charities 1-4 star ratings and you can see at a glance how the charity applies their funds between programs, fundraising, and administration costs. It’s always ideal to look for a charity with the biggest piece of the pie going to actual programs.
Other Ideas for giving on a budget:
- Have a garage sale and donate the profits to a charitable organization
- Our local grocery stores offer cash donation options at the register, forgo an item or two on your grocery list and use the money saved to donate
- Check for places matching donations, maybe your $5 donation could be worth $10
- Share posts about places taking donations, it might help get it to someone with extra dollars to give
What ways have you found to give back while on a tight budget?