Wednesday, November 10
With the tough economy these days it can be hard to give. It can be especially hard to commit to giving every day. I think a lot of people, myself included, automatically think of financial giving. My first thoughts go to money or a gift that I have purchased. If you have thought about joining in the 30 Day Giving Challenge you might have to think outside the box. There are so many ways you can give. And remember, you don't live in America's economy, you live in God's!!
Here is a very short list of a few ways you can give that don't cost a dime. (or a nickel or even a penny for that matter.)
1. Participate in click thru sites. These sites are possible because of their sponsors. You click and a sponsor ad pops up on the next page. The sponsor makes a donation to that particular charity based on ad impressions. I use these two but I'm sure there are many more. If you know of others please let me know and I will add it to the list.
2. This next one comes with a warning. It can be very addicting. It's called freerice.com. Basically it's a trivia game that lets you earn grains of rice for every answer you get right. There are several different categories to choose from. Yesterday I donated 1600 grains learning Spanish. It's fun and really adds up quickly.
3. Do something physical for a family member. This could include back scratches, back rubs, foot rubs, fingernail painting, hair brushing, an extra hug, or extra cuddle time before bed.
4. Use freecycle! This website is a great way to de-clutter your own house while blessing someone else.
5. Spend extra, purposeful time in prayer for a specific person. Maybe you know someone with a pressing need. Designate some of your prayer time for that person. Remember them through your day and lift them up whenever they come to your mind.
6. Babysit. What mom wouldn't want an afternoon to herself? Or maybe you know a married couple that could really use a date night. (that is so me right now!) If you have kids you know what a blessing this can be.
7. Play coupon fairy. This is so fun. If you have extra coupons for something that you know will be a great deal then leave some on the shelf next to that product. Or offer them to the person standing there beside you. How good would you feel if someone offered to give you a coupon making a product you were going to buy anyway free?
What ways can you think of to give for free?