charity http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/64/all en-US The 5 Charitable Donations That Do the Most Good http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl_thank_you_000020658220.jpg" alt="Girl holding thank you sign for charity" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>You don&rsquo;t have to be as wealthy as Bill Gates to do good with your money. If fact, you can make quite a big splash in this world even if you can only afford to give a relatively small sum. The key is <a href="http://time.com/money/3611880/charitable-giving-tips-advice-katherina-rosqueta/">finding charity organizations</a> that are using your money to the maximum effect. But with more than one million nonprofits registered in the U.S., it can be difficult to determine which ones will use your donation in a way that&rsquo;s most impactful. Lucky for you, we&rsquo;ve done the homework &mdash; read on for our roundup of the charities that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.</p> <h2>1. Compassion International</h2> <p>In an in-depth analysis by Charity Navigator, this Christian child advocacy ministry earned the most consecutive four-star ratings, demonstrating <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3555">fiscal excellence over time</a>. That means the Colorado-based youth services charity is well-positioned to pursue and achieve long-term change; every dollar donated to Compassion International is well spent.</p> <p>Founded in 1952, Compassion launched with a mission to provide Korean War orphans with food, shelter, education, and health care, as well as Christian training. Today, the organization aids more than 1.5 million children in 26 countries. You can donate in many ways, including via a $38 a month <a href="http://www.compassion.com/compassion/sponsor_a_child.htm">child sponsorship</a> that provides health care, hygiene training, supplementary food, personal attention, guidance, and an opportunity to learn about Jesus. Compassion even organizes visitation trips for donors who want to see first-hand how their money is saving a life.</p> <h2>2. Carnegie Institution for Science</h2> <p>Ranking second in Charity Navigator&rsquo;s four-star rating is <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&amp;orgid=3424#.VQc_D47F98F">Carnegie Institution for Science</a>, which funds research in the earth, space, and life sciences. Headquartered in the nation&rsquo;s capital, the 110-year-old nonprofit is dedicated to scientific discovery. Some of its greatest accomplishments include providing support to Edwin Hubble, who revolutionized astronomy with his discovery that the universe is expanding and that there are galaxies other than our own Milky Way, and the work of Andrew Fire, who won the Nobel Prize in 2006 for his and his colleagues&rsquo; discoveries related to <a href="http://firelab.stanford.edu/">gene silencing</a>. Through Carnegie Science&rsquo;s research support program, donors can choose to <a href="http://carnegiescience.edu/support/giving/research">fund specific research projects</a>, which helps make the giving process all that more personal.</p> <h2>3. Development Media International</h2> <p>Of the six million children under the age of five who die each year, two out of three could have remained healthy if their families made use of simple, inexpensive, or free interventions like hand-washing and anti-malaria bed nets. Development Media International is trying to fix this by using television and radio campaigns to spread these public service messages. So far it&rsquo;s working &mdash; DMI&rsquo;s media campaigns are actively reducing the global child mortality rate. In fact, the charity has the potential to prevent nearly 23% of all future child deaths, according to some forecast models, which has helped earn DMI a spot at the top of The Life You Can Save&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thelifeyoucansave.org/Where-to-Donate/Development-Media-International">recommended charity list</a>. Previous successful public service campaigns launched by DMI include those targeting leprosy, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and tuberculosis abroad.</p> <h2>4. Brother&rsquo;s Brother Foundation</h2> <p>Since 1958, Brother&rsquo;s Brother has delivered food, medicine, and educational supplies to people impacted by disease, poverty, and natural disasters &mdash; all from its humble headquarters in a run-down neighborhood in Pittsburgh. This family-run foundation is at the forefront of Forbes&rsquo; all-star list of the most committed, <a href="http://www.forbes.com/companies/brothers-brother-foundation/">financially efficient charities</a> in America. Over <a href="http://brothersbrother.org/bbfstats/">99% of all donations</a> to Brother&rsquo;s Brother go to those in need, making this charity a great place to donate your hard-earned money. With just 16 full-time employees and $245M in annual donations, Brother&rsquo;s Brother last year shipped 4,821,381 pounds of goods to 60 countries, including people affected by the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.</p> <h2>5. PetSmart Charities</h2> <p>When it comes to animal welfare charities, <a href="http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/12/best-and-worst-charities-for-your-money/index.htm">PetSmart is ranked highest</a> by the three major charity watchdogs: the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, and CharityWatch. That&rsquo;s because the Phoenix-based charity has excellent ratings when it comes to financial efficiency, accountability, and transparency &mdash; the most important indicators of whether you should donate to a particular charity. In 2013, PetSmart used 90 cents of every dollar received to help save 400,000 animals by moving them out of shelters and into loving homes. PetSmart also spays and neuters about 285,000 animals annually, and funnels millions of dollars to animal welfare groups across the nation. As a donor, you can give money, or instead adopt a pet, thereby helping PetSmart achieve its goal of giving every animal a loving home.</p> <p><em>What&rsquo;s your favorite charity </em>&mdash;<em> and why?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-charitable-donations-that-do-the-most-good">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you">5 Ways Giving to Charity Is Good for You</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development animal shelters charity donations Giving Back poverty Mon, 23 Mar 2015 09:00:05 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1350896 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: 40+ Free or Cheap Ways to Give http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/young-volunteers-donations-Dollarphotoclub_53026766.jpg" alt="young volunteers donations" title="young volunteers donations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on over 40 free or cheap ways to give, cool car hacks to try out, and ways to score discounts with customer loyalty.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/you-dont-need-rich-lend-helping-hand-42-free-cheap-ways-give/">You Don't Need to Be Rich to Lend a Helping Hand: 42 Free or Cheap Ways to Give</a> &mdash; Donate part (or all!) of your earnings when you have a side gig like pet- or house-sitting. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Car-Hacks-35664947">19 Insanely Cool Car Hacks You Should Try Out</a> &mdash; Use a plunger to suck out medium-sized dents on your car. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.threethriftyguys.com/2015/01/how-to-score-discounts-with-customer-loyalty/">How to Score Discounts With Customer Loyalty</a> &mdash; Sign up for a company's reward programs to score discounts and freebies. [Three Thrifty Guys]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dailyworth.com/posts/3240-how-to-be-good-with-money-in-2015">7 Money Habits to Start Now</a> &mdash; Give yourself 48 hours to decide if you really want to go through with a purchase. You can use this rule for any expense over $200, $300, or even $25. [Daily Worth]</p> <p><a href="http://blog.phroogal.com/5-simple-job-search-tips-new-year/">5 Simple Job Search Tips for the New Year</a> &mdash; Update your social profiles and remove any unflattering photos and information. [Phroogal Blog]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/finance/nerdwallet-finance/money-mistakes-to-avoid-in-your-20s/">7 Money Mistakes to Avoid in Your 20s</a> &mdash; Paying off credit card debt should be a priority, but don't neglect your student loans! [NerdWallet]</p> <p><a href="http://www.listenmoneymatters.com/never-late/">It&rsquo;s Never Too Late</a> &mdash; It's never too late to talk to your kids (or your parents!) about their finances. [Thousandaire]</p> <p><a href="http://www.beatingbroke.com/handle-someone-gives-many-gifts/">How to Handle Someone Who Gives Too Many Gifts</a> &mdash; If you've noticed that a well-meaning relative or friend was giving too many gifts this past holiday season, gently suggest a limit for future birthdays and holidays. [Beating Broke]</p> <p><a href="http://www.onesmartdollar.com/how-to-manage-when-your-id-is-stolen/">How to Manage When Your ID Is Stolen</a> &mdash; Call any of the three major credit reporting companies (Equifax, Transunion, and Experian) and have an Initial Fraud Alert placed. [One Smart Dollar]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/new-year-s-resolution-an-organized-family-room">New Year's Resolution: An Organized Family Room</a> &mdash; Use bins, creative shelving, and baskets to keep the clutter out of the way. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/amy-lu">Amy Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-40-free-or-cheap-ways-to-give">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">10 Local Charities That Could Use Your Stuff</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget">15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living best money tips charity donations Fri, 09 Jan 2015 20:00:05 +0000 Amy Lu 1278626 at http://www.wisebread.com You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman-donation-volunteers-Dollarphotoclub_45319912.jpg" alt="woman donation volunteers" title="woman donation volunteers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It's natural this time of year to feel a little more charitable. Many nonprofit organizations <a href="http://www.slate.com/articles/life/holidays/2013/12/year_end_charitable_giving_most_people_are_terrible_at_it_don_t_be_one_of.html">report that they see a surge of donations in the last month</a> of the year, and there are some advantages to making donations before the calendar turns another page.</p> <p>In addition to keeping with the holiday spirit, giving to charity before year's end ensures that you can get a tax deduction to count for 2014. In in some instances, corporations are in an extra giving mood and will match many cash donations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget</a>)</p> <p>If you're feeling charitable or just have some stuff you want to unload, consider these simple donations you can make before 2015 comes around. (Just make sure you keep good records for the tax man!)</p> <h2>1. Clothes and Household Items</h2> <p>There's a good chance you'll get some new clothes and other stuff for the holiday season. Now may be a time to donate some of your older (but still usable) items to a thrift shop or charity such as Goodwill. You'll free up some closet space and get a 2014 tax deduction in the process. This time of year, coats and other warm-weather items are especially needed.</p> <h2>2. Food</h2> <p>Local food pantries are always in need of donations, especially during the winter months. Drop off a few bags of canned goods, or get in touch with a charity such as Meals on Wheels to donate food to a shut-in. You're probably cooking a ton for the holiday feast anyway, so set some aside for a needy family.</p> <h2>3. Shares of Stock</h2> <p>If you've seen portions of your investment portfolio rise in 2014, why not share the wealth? Donating shares of stock is a great way to help out a charity because unlike a cash donation, the contribution may rise in value. You get a tax deduction by donating, and also avoid any capital gains fees you might have otherwise incurred by selling.</p> <h2>4. A Car</h2> <p>If you're thinking of buying a new car in 2015, consider donating your car to charity this year to get the tax benefits. Many charities will accept donations of cars, which they then sell at auctions and pocket the proceeds. Other charities turn the cars over directly to needy families. A car donation is tax deductible, and many charities will even go through the effort to pick up the car from your house free. Donating your car makes sense if you feel like you wouldn't get much for a trade-in anyway.</p> <h2>5. New Toys</h2> <p>It's almost impossible to avoid seeing the U.S Marines manning Toys For Tots stations all over the country. A donation of a new toy will help ensure a great Christmas for an underprivileged child. This year, Toys For Tots is looking to collect 7 million toys. Go to <a href="http://toysfortots.com">Toysfortots.com</a> to find a drop-off location near you.</p> <h2>6. Old Building Materials</h2> <p>When my family built a new addition to our house, we donated some old windows and a sliding glass door to <a href="http://www.loadingdock.org/">a local charity</a> that recycles such things. It was a stress-free way to unload the items, and we got a sizable tax deduction. Contact the <a href="http://bmra.org/">Building Materials ReUse Association</a> to see if there's a charity near you.</p> <h2>7. Your Time</h2> <p>Rather than spending a day at a mall indulging in retail excess, consider taking time to help out at a soup kitchen, food pantry, or other charity. Better yet, consider making a commitment to volunteer not only during this holiday season but throughout the year.</p> <h2>8. Your Artistic Talent</h2> <p>This time of year, it's common for organizations to have parties featuring silent auctions as fundraisers. If you're an artist or photographer, why not donate a painting or photograph? It's a great way to direct money to a charity and perhaps also get some exposure for your skills. Similarly, a musician could volunteer to perform holiday music at a charitable event, or even offer free lessons.</p> <h2>9. Cash</h2> <p>This may seem lazy, but most charities are more than happy to receive monetary donations. In fact, sometimes money is the best gift to a charity because they know better than anyone what specific items they need. Donating cash could be as easy as dropping some coins into a Salvation Army pot, or writing a sizable check to another non-profit group.</p> <h2>10. Blood</h2> <p>This time of year, blood donations are often low because people are so busy. But it's a great way to give back in a way that won't cost you a dime. I make a point of donating blood every December 24 at my local Red Cross donation center. It gets me in the Christmas spirit, and there are usually free cookies. Go to <a href="http://www.redcross.org/">RedCross.org</a> to locate a blood drive or donation center near you.</p> <h2>11. Money to Your Future Self</h2> <p>This may not be a &quot;donation&quot; in the classic sense. But it's still a great idea to try to max out your retirement accounts by the end of the year. If you have an IRA, you can contribute up to $5,500 for 2014. Any contribution up until April 15, 2015 counts toward 2014, but why wait?</p> <p><em>What will you be giving this year? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-get-a-receipt">Charitable giving - get a receipt</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-amazing-outrageous-and-just-plain-weird-tax-deductions">20 amazing, outrageous and just plain weird tax deductions</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-you-should-donate-a-blood-sucking-timeshare">Why You Should Donate a Blood Sucking Timeshare</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-out-for-a-cause-make-a-noncash-tax-deductible-donation">Cleaning Out for a Cause: Make a Noncash Tax-Deductible Donation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Taxes charity donations giving tax deductions taxes Wed, 24 Dec 2014 14:00:10 +0000 Tim Lemke 1271198 at http://www.wisebread.com The 5 Most Amazing Secret Santa Gifts Ever http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-most-amazing-secret-santa-gifts-ever <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-5-most-amazing-secret-santa-gifts-ever" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girl-guessing-christmas-present-521760327-small.jpg" alt="girl guessing present" title="girl guessing present" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The man in the big red suit comes gliding in with a sleigh full of presents just once a year. And some people are so inspired by the joy he brings that they've set out to do the same &mdash; of course, on a much smaller scale. They call themselves Secret Santas, and these anonymous gift givers have one mission: To bring an extra dose of holiday cheer to the lucky recipients of their good will. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget?ref=seealso">15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget</a>)</p> <h2>1. Mystery Cash From an Anonymous Benefactor</h2> <p>For many New Jersey residents and New Yorkers, the holiday season two years ago wasn't all that bright. Superstorm Sandy had just ravaged the coastline, and with it thousands of homes. Enter a Kansas City business man who saw all that destruction as his cue to play Secret Santa. The man flew to New York with <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/11/29/100-bills-from-secret-santa-rain-down-on-sandy-hit-new-york-new-jersey/">thousands of $100 bills</a> and began doling them out to folks in some of the neighborhoods hardest hit by the storm. All told, he gave away $100,000 without want of praise or recognition &mdash; in fact, he refused to divulge his name. &quot;The money is not the point at all,&quot; the anonymous benefactor told the local news media as he handed out bills in Staten Island. &quot;It's about the random acts of kindness. I'm just setting an example, and if 10% of the people who see me emulate what I'm doing, anybody can be a Secret Santa!&quot;</p> <h2>2. A Cow and a Jaw-Dropping Gift Tag</h2> <p>Makeup, nail polish, &quot;glittery things,&quot; and an iPad. These are some of the things Reddit user Rachel asked for from her Secret Santa. When the website matched her with a user named Bill, she had to laugh. &quot;I thought Bill sounded like a friendly fellow,&quot; Rachel wrote. &quot;In fact, I had this whole image of this poor guy named Bill trying to navigate my wish list full of makeup, nail polish, glittery things to buy me. Quite frankly, I felt bad for this Bill.&quot;</p> <p>But Bill didn't get her any of those things she asked for. Instead, the package he mailed to her door contained a stuffed cow, a note saying a donation had been made in her name to Heifer International, and a National Geographic coffee table book about world travel. But <a href="http://redditgifts.com/gallery/gift/spoiler-alert-bill-gates-did-not-get-you/">the best part of the gift was written on the tag</a>: &quot;To Rachel, my Secret Santa present to you is a cow! Don't worry &mdash; you will not have to build a barn. This cow will be given to a family in need, in your name, through Heifer International. It will provide them with income and dairy products, and it will help them help themselves. Happy Holidays, Bill Gates.&quot;</p> <p>That's right &mdash; Rachel's Secret Santa was the multi-billionaire Microsoft founder himself. In a Reddit post she wrote to thank Gates, Rachel expressed her deep gratitude. And she was sure to include one little apology: &quot;PS: Sorry for the Apple iPad on my wish list, that was really awkward.&quot;</p> <h2>3. Toys for Christmas Morning</h2> <p>Last Christmas a Secret Santa came to the aid of parents who racked up a bit of debt to provide their children with a happy holiday by paying $2,000 for <a href="http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2013/December/Secret-Santa-Pays-for-Wal-Mart-Toys-on-Layaway/">all the toys on layaway</a> at the local Walmart in Granbury, Texas. &quot;I asked if it was just me specifically, if someone had come in. And they said no,&quot; said Brittany Browning, a Granbury resident whose Walmart bill was paid off by the Secret Santa. &quot;I'm just in awe of this person. So amazing that someone is willing to do that and able to do that.&quot;</p> <h2>4. A Priceless Diamond</h2> <p>It was a Secret Santa who spied a U.S. Marine as he entered a jewelry store in Texas three days before Christmas to buy his finance <a href="http://www.kltv.com/story/4295478/secret-santa-pays-for-engagement-ring">a diamond ring</a>. When the Marine left the store, the Secret Santa swooped in, asking the store clerk to reverse the Marine's credit card charges so that she could pay for the ring herself. After she wrote a check and paid off the $2,500 account balance, the Secret Santa scribbled a note for the Marine on the receipt: &quot;Merry Christmas to you and to your bride-to-be. Everyone needs a surprise every now and then.&quot;</p> <h2>5. A Gold Coin and a Changed Life</h2> <p>A week before Christmas, an anonymous benefactor has placed something special for the last 14 consecutive years into one of the donation kettles belonging to The Salvation Army of Tulsa, Oklahoma: <a href="http://www.foxbusiness.com/markets/2010/12/23/secret-santa-gives-salvation-army-pure-gold-coinagain/">A pure gold South African Krugerrand</a> valued at $680. The coin is always wrapped in a &quot;Merry Christmas&quot; note that borrows an iconic passage from Charles Dickens' novel, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0486415864/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0486415864&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=NRPXEUV4WT6SEJJX">Great Expectations</a>:</p> <p>&quot;It is the same with any life,&quot; the note reads. &quot;Imagine one selected day struck out of it and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this and think for a moment of the long chain of iron or gold or thorns or flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.&quot;</p> <p>Tulsa Area Commander Maj. Roy Williams suspects the Secret Santa enjoys knowing his or her generous donation &quot;could change the course of a life,&quot; he told the local news media.</p> <p><em>What's the most amazing Secret Santa gift you've ever given or received? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/brittany-lyte">Brittany Lyte</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-most-amazing-secret-santa-gifts-ever">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-ideas-that-can-change-lives">Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Change Lives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/80-stocking-stuffer-ideas-for-10-or-less">80 Stocking Stuffer Ideas for $10 or Less</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/21-perfect-holiday-gifts-for-book-lovers">21 Perfect Holiday Gifts for Book Lovers</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living charity christmas spirit gifts secret santa surprises Wed, 03 Dec 2014 13:00:06 +0000 Brittany Lyte 1260494 at http://www.wisebread.com 109 Random Acts of Kindness You Can Start Doing Today http://www.wisebread.com/109-random-acts-of-kindness-you-can-start-doing-today <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/109-random-acts-of-kindness-you-can-start-doing-today" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/donating-clothes-166637163-small.jpg" alt="donating clothes" title="donating clothes" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We can get so caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life that we often forget to think of others. But a small gesture of kindness can not only make someone else's entire day, but it can also make you feel good. So why not spread the love and try a random act of kindness today? Here are 109 ideas to get you started:</p> <p>RELATED: <a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Habits-Considerate-People-35402792">29 Habits of Extremely Considerable People</a></p> <p>1. Help an elderly person cross the street.</p> <p>2. Help a younger sibling with homework or <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Woman-Applied-100-Scholarships-31834027">college and scholarship applications</a>.</p> <p>3. Let a car merge in front of you and do it with a smile.</p> <p>4. Participate in a beach cleanup.</p> <p>5. <a href="http://www.petsugar.com/Myths-About-Adopting-Shelter-Dog-5759240#opening-slide">Adopt an animal from the shelter</a>.</p> <p>6. Help <a href="http://www.habitat.org/">rebuild destroyed homes and communities</a>.</p> <p>7. Pay the toll for the car behind you.</p> <p>8. Introduce yourself to neighbors and bring <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Dessert">baked goods or sweets</a>.</p> <p>9. Buy an extra cup of coffee in the morning and give to a co-worker.</p> <p>10. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Ways-Use-Dishwasher-22797238">Wash your roommate's dishes</a> for them.</p> <p>11. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Smiling-Reduces-Stress-28347501">Smile</a> at people.</p> <p>12. Open the door for someone.</p> <p>13. Help someone with their bags or luggage.</p> <p>14. Offer to take a picture for tourists.</p> <p>15. Leave a nice note for your partner.</p> <p>16. Pay for the coffee for the person behind you.</p> <p>17. Share your class notes with a classmate.</p> <p>18. Help a friend <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/7-Smart-Moving-Tips-From-Savvy-Readers-8071140#opening-slide">move</a>.</p> <p>19. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Easy-Conversation-Starters-34313495">Talk to someone new</a> and make a new friend.</p> <p>20. Make your roommate's bed for them.</p> <p>21. Help a lost tourist find his or her way</p> <p>22. Pick up litter and put it in a trash can.</p> <p>23. <a href="http://www.petsugar.com/latest/recipes-for-pets">Make a homemade treat</a> for your pet.</p> <p>24. Forgive yourself for any mistakes you've made.</p> <p>25. Mentor someone.</p> <p>26. Give a generous tip to your waiter.</p> <p>27. Use a reusable water bottle or cup to help the environment.</p> <p>28. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Plan-Trip-23666381">Plan a vacation</a> for your parents.</p> <p>29. Bring a welcome gift to new neighbors.</p> <p>30. Respond to emails or texts promptly.</p> <p>31. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Best-Way-Talk-Strangers-34184518">Befriend a lonely person</a>.</p> <p>32. Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while.</p> <p>33. Compliment a stranger.</p> <p>34. Eat and buy local.</p> <p>35. Let someone take your parking spot.</p> <p>36. <a href="http://www.lilsugar.com/Kiddie-Soiree-Detective-Birthday-Party-2913001#photo-2913032">Plan a scavenger hunt</a> for your kids.</p> <p>37. Buy or <a href="http://www.petsugar.com/DIY-Cat-Toy-Pom-Poms-34103042">make a DIY toy</a> for your pet.</p> <p>38. Volunteer to give a tour of your school.</p> <p>39. Don't honk at cars (or people).</p> <p>40. Bring <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Fudgy-Brownie-Recipe-574014">sweet treats</a> to the office to share.</p> <p>41. Treat yourself to a <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/DIY-Soothing-Milk-Bath-33066308">nice long bath</a>.</p> <p>42. Donate your blood at a blood drive.</p> <p>43. Sit with someone who is eating alone.</p> <p>44. Read to the elderly.</p> <p>45. Tell your parents you love them and how much you appreciate everything they have done for you.</p> <p>46. Let someone go in front of you at the cashier.</p> <p>47. Donate clothes and shoes to the needy.</p> <p>48. Clean up after someone in the lunchroom or cafeteria.</p> <p>49. Give your partner a <a href="http://www.tressugar.com/How-Give-Sensual-Massage-16022681">massage</a>.</p> <p>50. Recommend your favorite restaurant to a tourist.</p> <p>51. Volunteer at a soup kitchen.</p> <p>52. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Wax-Car-Conditioner-34150605">Wash your partner's car</a> for them.</p> <p>53. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/photo-gallery/27030788/Let-Go-Past">Let go</a> of old grudges.</p> <p>54. Help your kids <a href="http://moms.popsugar.com/Grandparents-Build-Amazing-Treehouse-29893007">build a tree house</a>.</p> <p>55. Do your sibling's household chore.</p> <p>56. Praise a child to the parents while the child is present.</p> <p>57. Hold the elevator door for others.</p> <p>58. Offer someone a piece of gum.</p> <p>59. Bring misplaced shopping carts back to the designated area.</p> <p>60. Organize a study session for your classmates.</p> <p>61. Send a photo in a frame to your parents (or grandparents).</p> <p>62. Offer to babysit your friends' kids for free.</p> <p>63. Donate your locks of hair.</p> <p>64. Tell someone you've fought with that you're sorry and that you forgive them.</p> <p>65. Sign up to be an organ donor.</p> <p>66. Leave extra time in a parking meter.</p> <p>67. Pay for your friend's tab.</p> <p>68. Return a lost item to the owner.</p> <p>69. Visit a nursing home and make a new friend.</p> <p>70. If it rains a lot in your area, give an umbrella to a homeless person.</p> <p>71. Be kind to someone you dislike.</p> <p>72. Encourage someone who is working hard at the gym.</p> <p>73. Vacuum the floor for your roommate.</p> <p>74. Take a shorter shower to conserve water.</p> <p>75. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Donating-Charity-Tips-25801716">Make a donation</a> in your name to a charity you care about.</p> <p>76. Bring homemade food, like a <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Vegetarian-Mushroom-Lasagna-Recipe-11156329">lasagna</a> or <a href="http://www.yumsugar.com/Freezable-Casserole-Recipe-20318021">casserole</a>, to a new mom or single mom.</p> <p>77. Teach a child how to ride a bike.</p> <p>78. Bring a homeless person some food and a drink.</p> <p>79. <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Ways-Help-Friend-26959952#photo-26961808">Send a care package</a> to your children, friends, or elderly parents.</p> <p>80. Email your boss or professor and tell them how much you love learning from them.</p> <p>81. Say &quot;good morning&quot; and &quot;thank you&quot; to public service workers (bus drivers, police officers, mail carriers, and firefighters).</p> <p>82. Help a friend <a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Job-Hunting-Tips-26217369#opening-slide">hunt for a job</a>.</p> <p>83. Let your friend vent and listen to her problems.</p> <p>84. Make a playlist for your friends.</p> <p>85. Let someone else take your seat on public transportation.</p> <p>86. Praise the work of others.</p> <p>87. Tell a street performer how amazing he or she is.</p> <p>88. Share your umbrella with someone who didn't bring one.</p> <p>89. Cook a meal for your partner.</p> <p>90. Help someone carry groceries to the car.</p> <p>91. Offer to work late for a co-worker who needs to leave early</p> <p>92. Donate books to the local library or bookstore.</p> <p>93. Let go of the stress in your life by having an at-home spa day.</p> <p>94. Volunteer at an animal shelter during adoption events.</p> <p>95. Sponsor a child in a developing country.</p> <p>96. Write a letter to your former schoolteachers and tell them how much they influenced you.</p> <p>97. Ride your bike to work or school.</p> <p>98. Help someone change the tires.</p> <p>99. Sign up for a bone marrow donation.</p> <p>100. Volunteer at a disabled student's learning center.</p> <p>101. Fold the laundry for your partner.</p> <p>102. Offer your seat on a plane so a family or couple can sit together.</p> <p>103. Support your own and your friends' kids at their recitals and games.</p> <p>104. Be proud of all your accomplishments.</p> <p>105. Participate in a fund-raiser or donation.</p> <p>106. Tell your partner that he or she looks extra handsome or beautiful today.</p> <p>107. Offer to pick up your friend's children after school.</p> <p>108. Offer to pet-sit for your friend for free.</p> <p>109. Hug someone you love like you mean it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> It doesn&#039;t take a lot to brighten someone&#039;s day. Here are more than a hundred of them! </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-guestpost-blurb"> <div class="field-label">Guest Post Blurb:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p style="text-align:center;"><a style="border:none;" href="http://www.savvysugar.com"><img style="height:95px; width:300px" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u921/POPSUGARrgb.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p><em>This is a guest contribution from our friends at </em><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/"><em>POPSUGAR Smart Living</em></a><em>. Check out more useful articles from this partner:</em></p> <ul> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/30-Day-Happiness-Challenge-34868296">The 30-Day No-Fail Happiness Challenge</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Sleep-Hacks-32299840">8 Sleep Hacks That Will Put You Right to Bed</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.popsugar.com/smart-living/How-Improve-Your-Social-Skills-35523020">8 Ways to Trick People Into Thinking You Have Good Social Skills</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/popsugar-smart-living">POPSUGAR Smart Living</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/109-random-acts-of-kindness-you-can-start-doing-today">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/100-easy-ways-to-brighten-someones-day">100 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-out-for-a-cause-make-a-noncash-tax-deductible-donation">Cleaning Out for a Cause: Make a Noncash Tax-Deductible Donation</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-wonderful-uses-for-witch-hazel">15 Wonderful Uses for Witch Hazel</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/keys-locked-in-the-trunk-heres-what-to-do">Keys Locked in the Trunk? Here&#039;s What to Do</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips charity courtesy kindness nice Fri, 05 Sep 2014 21:00:04 +0000 POPSUGAR Smart Living 1199637 at http://www.wisebread.com Why Generosity Is Key to Everything — Including Your Career http://www.wisebread.com/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/business-teamwork-466223211-small.jpg" alt="teamwork" title="teamwork" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>True generosity means giving without expecting anything &mdash; zero, zilch, nada &mdash; in return. Generosity takes many forms, both tangible and intangible.</p> <p>You donate to a specific cause, volunteer at a food pantry, offer to help the intern write a press release, give away free copies of your recently published book&hellip; Opportunities to brighten someone's day abound. And yet, although it may seem paradoxical, being generous can also brighten your day &mdash; and your career. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you?ref=seealso">5 Ways Giving to Charity Is Good For You</a>)</p> <h2>Generosity Can Boost Your Career &mdash; and Happiness</h2> <p>Giving makes people happier, increasing their productivity at work and leading to long-term success.</p> <p>A 2008 Harvard Business School study found that participants who gave money to another person resulted in <a href="http://hbswk.hbs.edu/item/5944.html">greater feelings of happiness</a> than those who spent money to buy something for themselves. While this study specifically focused on participants giving something tangible (money), the same logic can apply to intangible gifts of generosity, like time, advice, and mentoring.</p> <p>Happier people make <a href="http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/newsandevents/pressreleases/new_study_shows/">better employees</a> because they work harder and tend to be more productive. Just ask the folks at Zappos and Google, two companies well known for their innovative corporate culture based on happy employees.</p> <p>The positive feelings that result from acts of generosity can be traced to <a href="http://www.ninds.nih.gov/news_and_events/news_articles/brain_activity_during_altruism.htm">biology</a>, according to an earlier study conducted by the National Institutes of Health. Regions of the brain associated with pleasure, social connection and trust are activated when people contribute to charity, according to the research.</p> <p>&quot;Charity&quot; in your career may take the form of leading a networking discussion group, offering a free podcast, or introducing a recent college graduate to your company's hiring manager.</p> <h2>Team Players Win the Networking Game</h2> <p>Karma aside, the selfish ones usually finish last &mdash; and alone. By contrast, in life and at work, generous people generally build supportive networks. They are seen as more likable, and people are attracted to their presence (perhaps because they are so happy!).</p> <p>Generosity also helps you exude confidence. When you offer to mentor the new hire on your sales team, you send a positive message: &quot;I know I'm good at what I do, and I'm not afraid that you'll overtake me in sales if I show you my trade secrets.&quot;</p> <p>Confident people often believe that knowledge is like the flame of a candle; it shines just as brightly no matter if one person or 10 people are enjoying its beauty. Therefore, they don't feel a need to &quot;hoard&quot; information due to any insecurities. They are true team players.</p> <p>Eleanor C. Whitney, author of the book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1621060071/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=1621060071&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20&amp;linkId=6MHFANJKY3GEGXV5">Grow</a>, said that &quot;when you <a href="http://idealistcareers.org/how-being-generous-can-help-your-career/">act with generosity</a> you are consistently open with your skills, ideas and knowledge. When you are generous you don't just give of yourself, but acknowledge the contributions and needs of others. The result is a network of people who are also willing to help you.&quot;</p> <p>Networking &mdash; and its multiplier effect &mdash; can be one of the most influential factors leading to professional success. It is often listed as the number one way to find a job. And the importance of networking &mdash; in person and online &mdash; extends throughout your career, by increasing your exposure (and, thereby, perhaps sales) and by building and nurturing mutually beneficial relationships.</p> <h2>Generous People Make More Effective Bosses...</h2> <p>&hellip;Which in turn inspires more successful employees.</p> <p>It may be one of the least-touted qualities of a good leader, but generosity may well be one of the most important. Communications expert Jodi Glickman explains that if a manager or leader is generous, he or she is generally well-liked.</p> <p>But it goes much further than that. &quot;<a href="https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20131209165135-14770338-generosity-the-key-to-getting-ahead">Generous bosses get 10x the productivity</a> from their employees; generous employees' stars rise in tandem with their bosses'.&quot;</p> <h2>Small Gestures Go a Long Way</h2> <p>Being generous doesn't necessarily mean donating a million dollars to your favorite charity (although that would indeed be generous!).</p> <p>Giving your time to mentor a new employee may take just an hour out of your day, but could set your new colleague on a solid path for success. Contributing $5 to the kitty for the mailroom employee's 10th anniversary at the company won't break your bank, but the collective efforts of your department breed feelings of social connectedness and goodwill.</p> <p>Thanks to social media, we are more up-to-date than ever when it comes to our friends' and colleagues' professional news. That means plenty of opportunities to send a congratulatory email to a former co-worker on a new job, refer a friend for a vacant position in your company, wish your new client all the best as she goes on maternity leave, or offer some insightful tips to a group discussion on LinkedIn.</p> <p>Being generous with your thoughtfulness in ways that you might deem &quot;insignificant&quot; could have a very big impact on someone else.</p> <h2>Win-Win Doesn't Get Any More Classic</h2> <p>When you give to others, the world gets a little brighter. Generosity is about more than karma &mdash; what goes around comes around &mdash; and its ripple effects can boomerang back to you in many positive, often unexpected, ways, especially in your career.</p> <p><em>How has generosity boosted your career? Please share in comments!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mardee-handler">Mardee Handler</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-generosity-is-key-to-everything-including-your-career">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bosses-say-these-are-their-6-favorite-qualities-in-employees-do-you-have-them">Bosses Say These Are Their 6 Favorite Qualities in Employees — Do You Have Them?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-say-no-at-work-and-still-get-ahead">How to Say &quot;No&quot; at Work and Still Get Ahead</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-to-say-to-your-boss-to-get-a-promotion-or-raise">5 Things to Say to Your Boss to Get a Promotion or Raise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-a-side-hustle-can-further-your-career">5 Ways a Side Hustle Can Further Your Career</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-ways-to-finally-get-that-promotion-this-year">12 Ways to Finally Get That Promotion This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Career Building Personal Development career charity generosity leadership productivity promotion Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:00:06 +0000 Mardee Handler 1164532 at http://www.wisebread.com 15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/holchar-178491359.jpg" alt="volunteers" title="volunteers" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Would you like to do something good this holiday season, but worry your budget may be holding you back? You can easily spread the holiday spirit without emptying your wallet. Here are a few economical or free ways to help this year and feel good in the process. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-back-to-those-not-necessarily-on-your-christmas-list">How to Give Back During the Holidays</a>)</p> <h2>Donate Your Stuff</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holchar-166668210-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>A good way to be charitable on a budget is to donate items you already have. Whether you are doing a big cleanup or just looking to be generous, there are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">plenty of organizations</a> that can put your items to good use.</p> <p><strong>1. Winter Clothes</strong></p> <p>The holiday season is a great time to locate your gently used winter essentials and donate them to your local <a href="http://www.goodwill.org/">Goodwill</a>, homeless shelter, <a href="http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/">Salvation Army</a>, or drop-off clothing bin. The <a href="http://www.onewarmcoat.org">One Warm Coat</a> organization also helps you locate where to donate winter coats, including which retailers, like the <a href="http://standfor.containerstore.com/help-us-collect-coats/">Container Store</a>, are hosting holiday coat drives.</p> <p><strong>2. Airline Miles</strong></p> <p>If you have some frequent flier miles hanging around, you can donate them directly to charity. <a href="http://wish.org/ways-to-help/giving/airline-miles">Make-A-Wish Foundation uses donated miles</a> to help kids and families travel to their wish destinations. Or, the airlines usually have an online option to easily donate miles to a number of well-known charitable partners.</p> <p><strong>3. Food</strong></p> <p>Why not make or buy a little extra food as you prepare your holiday meals this year to help those in need? Every year I stock up on some extra canned goods, bread mix, and other items to make a holiday basket, which I drop off at my local food pantry. Or, to keep expenses low, check to see if you can drop off a basket of extra baked goods or dessert goodies you make. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-unique-holiday-gifts-you-can-bake">Unique Holiday Gifts You Can Bake</a>)</p> <p><strong>4. Furniture and Appliances</strong></p> <p>Perhaps you are toying with the idea of selling some of your used furniture or appliances online or on consignment. You can get into the holiday spirit and donate them instead. The <a href="http://satruck.org/">Salvation Army</a> and the <a href="http://www.purpleheartpickup.org/">Purple Heart</a> are great places to donate such items, which often provide free pickup services.</p> <p><strong>5. Toys</strong></p> <p>Donating toys your kids don&#39;t use as much can make a less fortunate child happy and also teach your kids the spirit of giving &mdash; not to mention help you de-clutter. Many clothing drop-offs also accept toys, or try <a href="http://www.donationtown.org">Donation Town</a> to find a local charity accepting toys in your area. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">Local Charities That Could Use Your Stuff</a>)</p> <h2>Small Amounts Go a Long Way</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holchar-158258148-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Many reputable charities run holiday campaigns around this time of year. And the best part is that it only takes a small donation (think spare change up to $20) to make a difference.</p> <p><strong>6. Salvation Army </strong></p> <p>Santa&#39;s ringing bells and red donation buckets are sure signs the <a href="http://www.salvationarmy.org/">Salvation Army</a> has kicked off this year&#39;s Red Kettle Campaign. This famous holiday drive runs from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve, and helps collect spare change nationwide to raise money for meals, shelter, and services for the needy. Keep an eye out for the collections in your area. You can even start your own <a href="http://www.onlineredkettle.org/">online red kettle</a> to raise funds for the charity.</p> <p><strong>7. Toys for Tots</strong></p> <p>The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve&#39;s well-known <a href="http://toysfortots.org/">Toys for Tots Program</a> collects and distributes toys for less fortunate children. Starting in October and running through December, collection boxes are set up where you can easily drop off a new, unwrapped toy. Stores, like <a href="http://www.toysrus.com">Toys R Us</a> and <a href="http://www.babiesrus.com">Babies R Us</a>, restaurants, and other local businesses have collection boxes, or get your own school or office to start their own drive. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">Easy Ways to Support Charity</a>)</p> <p><strong>8. Make-A-Wish </strong></p> <p>You may be familiar with the <a href="http://wish.org/">Make-A-Wish Foundation</a>, which grants wishes to those children with life threatening illnesses. You can support the cause by purchasing the well-known <a href="http://wish.org/ways-to-help/products-and-promotions/holiday-cards">Make-A-Wish holiday cards</a> this season. Card packs start at a $20 donation for 20 cards, and many customizable options exist at higher price points.</p> <p><strong>9. UNICEF</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.unicefusa.org/">UNICEF</a> works to better the lives of children around the globe through initiatives like immunizations, clean water, nutrition, disaster relief, and education. They also sell a selection of beautiful holiday cards, but another way to shop for the cause is through the <a href="https://shop.unicefusa.org/">UNICEF online shop</a>, where you can find some nice holiday gifts for under $20.</p> <p><strong>10. Christmas Spirit Foundation</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www.christmasspiritfoundation.org">The Christmas Spirit Foundation&#39;s Trees for Troops</a> program gives free Christmas trees to U.S. armed forces members and their families at holiday time. You can make a small donation directly on the site, or help the cause by purchasing the children&#39;s book, <a href="http://www.atreeschristmas.com/">A Tree&#39;s Christmas</a>, for around $10 or Trees for Troops teddy bears through the <a href="http://christmasspiritfoundation.org/dnn/Store.aspx">Christmas Spirit Foundation&#39;s online store</a>.</p> <h2>Volunteer Your Time</h2> <p><img alt="" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holchar-80411623-ggnoads.jpg" style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" /></p> <p>Volunteering your time is a nice alternative to giving money this holiday season. You can find great opportunities in your area through local searches or check out <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org">Volunteermatch.org</a> to find an area cause that&#39;s right for you.</p> <p><strong>11. Environmental Cleanup</strong></p> <p>Make the holidays a good excuse to get involved in an environmental cleanup day. The <a href="http://www.nature.org/greenliving/volunteer/">Nature Conservancy</a> can help you locate local opportunities or find ideas for <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/service.xml">earth-friendly activities you can organize on your own</a>. For those feeling charitable during their holiday getaways, you can always participate in volunteer eco-travel vacations. Try <a href="http://www.responsiblevacation.com">Responsiblevacation.com</a> or <a href="http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/eco-travel-volunteer-vacations-50022309">The Daily Green&#39;s guide to eco-friendly volunteer vacations</a> for trip ideas.</p> <p><strong>12. Arts and Crafts</strong></p> <p>If you are a crafter or artisan, you can spend some time doing what you love and donating your work. For knitters or sewers, there are lots of clothing, accessories, and blankets that can be made and donated to local shelters or clothing collections. If you&#39;re an artist or crafter, you can contact a children&#39;s hospital or nursing home to offer some donated holiday crafts and d&eacute;cor.</p> <p><strong>13. Start Your Own Collection Drive</strong></p> <p>Arrange your own drive to collect canned goods and much needed personal care items (toothbrushes, soap, combs, etc.) by making up fliers and passing them out to your friends, neighborhood, or other organizations you belong to. Collect your goods leading up to the holidays and donate them to your local shelter or pantry for use after the holidays are over, when donations drop off.</p> <p><strong>14. Animal Shelters</strong></p> <p>Animal shelters can use help all year long, but if you have some extra time over the holidays and are an animal-lover, then pitching in at your <a href="http://www.aspca.org/adopt/shelters">local SPCA</a> or animal shelter can do a lot of good. You can help with anything from animal care to office work, or look into the <a href="http://www.aspca.org/get-involved/top-ten-ways-to-help-your-local-shelter">ASPCA&#39;s s top ten ways to help your local shelter</a>.</p> <p><strong>15. Food Pantry/Soup Kitchens</strong></p> <p>Food pantries and soup kitchens tend to get an influx of holiday volunteers, but they still need help beyond preparing and serving food. You can unpack and sort items, clean, or do clerical work. Contact your local soup kitchen or pantry or use <a href="http://feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx">Feed America&#39;s Food Bank Locator</a> to see what opportunities exist around your area.</p> <p><em>What are some of the budget-friendly ways you are making a difference this holiday season?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-frugal-things-to-try-before-you-die-updated">10 frugal things to try before you die (updated)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-guide-to-holiday-tipping">The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Tipping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/101-ways-to-save-money-this-month">101 ways to save money this month</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/regifting-a-simple-how-to-guide">Regifting: A Simple How-To Guide</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living charity frugal giving holiday giving Holidays Wed, 27 Nov 2013 11:24:11 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 1098713 at http://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Giving to Charity Is Good for You http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/donations-5319898-small.jpg" alt="donations" title="donations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Aside from paying bills and preparing for your future, you can probably think of a hundred ways to spend your disposable income. Maybe you like blowing your cash on clothes or electronics, or maybe you prefer a vacation or a night out with friends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-smart-things-to-do-with-25">10 Smart Things to Do With $25</a>)</p> <p>There&#39;s nothing wrong with indulging in a little luxury every now and then and enjoying the fruits of your labor. But what if your money and possessions could make a difference in someone&#39;s life? Would you share what you have?</p> <p>Giving to a charity might be the furthest thing from your mind, but if you&#39;re fortunate enough to have more than you need, why not give back? Here are five solid reasons why you should give to charity.</p> <h2>1. Giving Can Improve Your Health</h2> <p>Eating healthy, regular exercise, and annual checkups are keys to improving your overall well-being and increasing longevity, but these aren&rsquo;t the only ways to give your health a boost. Giving to a charity can also be good for your physical health. And while this might seem a bit far-fetched, there&rsquo;s <a href="http://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/5_ways_giving_is_good_for_you">scientific proof to backup the benefits of generosity</a>.</p> <p>According to a study at Carnegie Mellon University, &quot;people who were socially connected (i.e. volunteering or giving to charity) reported catching fewer colds.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-friends-and-be-happy-why-cultivating-relationships-is-good-for-you">Why Cultivating Relationships Is Good for You</a>)</p> <p>Additionally, Stephen Post, author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0767920171/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0767920171&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20" target="_blank">Why Good Things Happen to Good People</a>, reports that &quot;giving to others has been shown to increase health benefits in people with chronic illnesses, including HIV and multiple sclerosis.&quot; And in a 2003 study on elderly couples led by Stephanie Brown of the University of Michigan, researchers found that &quot;those who provided practical help to friends, relatives, or neighbors, or gave emotional support to their spouses, <a href="http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/bitstream/handle/2027.42/35196/48_ftp.pdf;jsessionid=34F156653A82DAE29F480571B6F5D1AD?sequence=1">had a lower risk of dying over a five-year period than those who didn&rsquo;t</a> (PDF).&quot;</p> <p>The relationship between giving and health isn&rsquo;t completely understood. However, researchers have found a <a href="http://www.abc.net.au/health/thepulse/stories/2011/12/07/3384701.htm">link between giving and a reduction of stress hormones</a>. Since stress contributes to a variety of health conditions, the less stress we feel, the better we feel.</p> <p>&quot;Knowing we&rsquo;ve done something to improve the life of others not only boosts our self-esteem and gives us a sense of purpose, it also shifts our attention away from our own stresses and worries,&quot; says psychology expert Dr. Tony Grant.</p> <h2>2. Giving Makes You Happier</h2> <p>Let&rsquo;s be honest, giving to a charity &mdash; whether monetary or donated goods &mdash; feels good. This may sound a bit selfish, but personal satisfaction from giving is quite normal. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-things-you-can-do-to-be-happier-today">Things you Can Do to Be Happier Today</a>)</p> <p>According to research to be published in the International Journal of Happiness and Development, <a href="http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130820135034.htm">giving can make us happier</a>. From three studies, &quot;the overarching conclusion is that donors feel happiest if they give to a charity via a friend, relative, or social connection rather than simply making an anonymous donation to a worthy cause.&quot;</p> <p>And the proof of happiness doesn&rsquo;t stop here. In <a href="http://www.pbs.org/thisemotionallife/blogs/can-money-really-buy-happiness">examining the relationship between spending and self-reported happiness</a>, a study of 46 people &quot;discovered that participants who were directed to spend a small amount of money on others (either $5 or $20) reported greater feelings of happiness than those who were directed to spend the same amounts on themselves.&quot;</p> <p>I don&rsquo;t know about you, but whenever I make any type of donation, I get a warm, fuzzy feeling all over. And unlike some choices I&rsquo;ve made with my money, I&rsquo;ve never regretted a charitable donation &mdash; even when I&rsquo;ve made donation mistakes.</p> <p>About two years ago I accidentally donated a pair of designer jeans. At first I was mad at myself, and I considered going to the donation center to retrieve my jeans, even if this meant sifting through countless bags of clothes. But then I thought about the possibility of the garment falling into the hands of someone who needed (or simply wanted) a nice pair of jeans, but couldn&rsquo;t pay full price for them. I imagined their excitement when they discovered the jeans in their size, and I actually started to feel better.</p> <h2>3. Giving Is Tax Deductible</h2> <p>If you&#39;re looking for ways to lower your taxable income &mdash; and you&#39;re OK with itemizing your return &mdash; donations of cash and property to qualified organizations might be your ticket to a lower tax bill. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprising-charitable-tax-deductions">Charitable Tax Deductions That May Surprise You</a>)</p> <p>Not all contributions are tax-deductible, and the rules for deducting charitable contributions are complex, so you&#39;ll need to speak with a qualified tax preparer for advice. Written proof or a receipt is required to claim a deduction for contributions totaling more than $250. Additionally, if you&#39;re deducting contributions totaling more than $500, tax form 8283 must accompany your tax return, says the <a href="http://www.irs.gov/uac/Eight-Tips-for-Deducting-Charitable-Contributions">Internal Revenue Service</a>.</p> <h2>4. Giving Can Be Free</h2> <p>There are different ways to make a charitable donation. Some people write a check to their favorite organization, whereas others donate personal belongings. Maybe you&rsquo;re looking to support a cause but don&rsquo;t have the bankroll to write a check &mdash; no problem. Many organizations accept gently used items, such as clothes, furniture, household items, school supplies, toys, and electronics.</p> <p>Take <a href="http://www.goodwill.org/get-involved/donate/">Goodwill</a> for example. You can visit their website and make a financial contribution, or donate personal belongings at one of their many drop-off locations across the country.</p> <p>Donated items are sold in their stores, and the proceeds help fund job training programs and community-based programs for people with disabilities. And this is just one of many charities available to you. Other options might include the Salvation Army, Volunteers of America, Operation Give, or a local organization.</p> <h2>5. Giving Can Support a Cause That&#39;s Close to Your Heart</h2> <p>Giving to a charity is also an excellent way to show your support to a specific cause.</p> <p>Let&rsquo;s say you&rsquo;re looking to donate an old wedding gown, and you&rsquo;re also a breast cancer survivor. Any charitable organization may be happy to accept your gown. But given your history with cancer you might lend support to Brides Against Breast Cancer, an organization that accepts wedding gown donations and uses proceeds from gown sales to fund wellness and educational programs for breast cancer patients and their families.</p> <p>This is just an example. If heart disease or another disease runs in your family or if your kid has a disability, any gift &mdash; big or small &mdash; can help fund research and maybe save a life.</p> <p><em>Do you have other reasons to donate to charity that I didn&#39;t cover here? Please share them in the comments below &mdash; you&#39;ll feel better if you do!</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-giving-to-charity-is-good-for-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-8"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-7-exercises-are-scientifically-proven-to-increase-happiness">These 7 Exercises Are Scientifically Proven to Increase Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-be-a-better-person-today">25 Ways to Be a Better Person Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-things-scientists-say-will-boost-your-happiness-today">11 Things Scientists Say Will Boost Your Happiness Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-one-financial-trick-lets-you-buy-happiness">This One Financial Trick Lets You Buy Happiness</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-hours-9-hours-this-is-how-much-sleep-you-really-need">8 Hours? 9 Hours? This Is How Much Sleep You REALLY Need</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development charity happiness Health Mon, 04 Nov 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1064405 at http://www.wisebread.com 10 Local Charities That Could Use Your Stuff http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/donations-5319905-small.jpg" alt="donations" title="donations" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Most of us have go-to donation centers that we visit when we want to unload our old clothes, toys, and housewares &mdash; places like the Goodwill and Salvation Army come to mind &mdash; but there are lots of other places right in your neighborhood that will gladly take unwanted items off your hands and give them a new life and purpose. Take a look at these 10 often overlooked places for donations. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/cleaning-out-for-a-cause-make-a-noncash-tax-deductible-donation">How to Make a Noncash Tax-Deductible Donation</a>)</p> <h2>1. Worship Centers</h2> <p>Worship centers are mostly funded by the offerings members provide at services, which are used to pay for general maintenance of the worship center and its utilities. There may be room in the budget for additional purchases the center needs, but donations of goods also are accepted to help keep the overhead low. Charitable donations ideal for churches and synagogues include musical instruments, snacks for children&#39;s services, used cars to transport disabled members, second-hand clothing and food for community members who have fallen on hard times, and toys to gift to needy children at holiday time. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">How to Choose a Charity</a>)</p> <h2>2. Community Centers</h2> <p>The mission of community centers, especially in urban areas, is to keep kids off the street while giving them something productive to do with their time. Donations of educational materials &mdash; likes books and computers &mdash; are perfect for community centers, as are games and sports equipment like balls and bicycles. Call your local youth community center and ask what they need.</p> <h2>3. Emergency Shelters</h2> <p>While emergency shelters exist to take in anybody who needs a roof over their head due to any manner of extenuating circumstance, most shelters cater to the homeless population who need a safe place to sleep on a regular basis. Furniture and <a href="http://www.sdrescue.org/ways-to-give/donate-goods/client-needs/">used clothing are excellent donations for emergency shelters</a>, but toiletries &mdash; soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and pastes &mdash; are even better, so those who require the emergency shelter can maintain good hygiene.</p> <h2>4. Libraries</h2> <p>Have boxes and boxes of books, CDs, or DVDs that you can&#39;t get rid of? Stop by your local library and ask if they&#39;ll <a href="http://www.lbpl.org/support/donate.asp">accept your unwanted media</a>. Chances are they&#39;ll be more than happy to take such valuable resources off your hands so the library can expand its selection of material. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-reasons-why-you-should-support-your-local-library">Reasons to Support Your Local Library</a>)</p> <h2>5. Schools</h2> <p>Schools are publicly funded by the taxes we pay, but individual teachers often have to dip into their own pockets to buy something special for their classes &mdash; and sometimes to buy the basics. If you want to show your gratitude for the hard work that your son or daughter&#39;s teacher puts in on a daily basis, drop off a donation of kid-friendly items like musical instruments, <a href="http://www.cps.edu/Pages/CommunityresourcesDonate.aspx">sports equipment, games, books, and office supplies</a> with which the teacher can enhance class lessons.</p> <h2>6. Food Banks</h2> <p>Don&#39;t throw away still-good non-perishables when cleaning out your cupboards or pantry. Instead, <a href="http://www.westsidefoodbankca.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;task=view&amp;id=63&amp;Itemid=118">pack the items that you no longer want into a bag and drop it</a> off at your local food bank. Your donation will feed one or more people in community for at least one meal, which should make you feel great about the good deed you did. Most will gladly accept non-food donations such as office supplies, too.</p> <h2>7. Animal Shelters</h2> <p>Animal shelters are often filled to the gills with animals for which they can&#39;t find a home &mdash; and it&#39;s not easy keeping them fed and clean 24/7. If you want to make life better for a local shelter animal in some way, <a href="http://spcala.com/donate/needs_list.php">top donations include food and treats</a>, old blankets, and towels.</p> <h2>8. Children&#39;s Homes</h2> <p>What children&#39;s homes need most <a href="http://www.kidshome.org/HowToHelp.php">are new pajamas, socks, and shoes</a>. Other donations can include clothes, toys, games, and books. Let&#39;s not forget, too, that there aren&#39;t just toddlers and teenagers living in these homes. Infants often live at children&#39;s homes, so donations of diapers are also much needed.</p> <h2>9. Women&#39;s Shelters</h2> <p>Women&#39;s shelters will accept everything that you&#39;d donate to a children&#39;s shelter &mdash; since many women arrive with their children &mdash; but <a href="http://www.laurashouse.org/wishlist.html">they also need items for the women themselves</a>. Toiletries and hygiene products are coveted, but since many women&#39;s shelters try to help the women get back on their feet by way of employment, donations of interview-appropriate outfits also are ideal. Women&#39;s shelters are also great places to get rid of your old cell phone. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-rid-of-your-old-electronics">How to Get Rid of Your Old Electronics</a>)</p> <h2>10. VA Hospitals</h2> <p>Nobody likes to sit in a hospital bed and do nothing all day while they recover. But you can make a veteran&#39;s time in the hospital a little more bearable by <a href="http://www.longbeach.va.gov/giving/">donating items to your local VA hospital</a> that will entertain or occupy the soldier as he or she rehabilitates. Books and games are great donations, but handheld video games and music devices &mdash; like MP3 players &mdash; will be much more stimulating for the veteran as they heal.</p> <p><em>Do you have other unexpected places to give charitable donations? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-local-charities-that-could-use-your-stuff">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-9"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-should-make-these-11-easy-donations-before-time-runs-out">You Should Make These 11 Easy Donations Before Time Runs Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-ways-to-give-to-charity-that-fit-a-holiday-budget">15 Ways to Give to Charity That Fit a Holiday Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living charity donations Thu, 31 Oct 2013 10:00:03 +0000 Mikey Rox 1059763 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Contributing to Charities Without Donating Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-contributing-to-charities-without-donating-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-contributing-to-charities-without-donating-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/piggy-bank-5426879-small.jpg" alt="piggy bank" title="piggy bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread&#39;s <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some stellar articles on contributing to charity without donating money, saving this holiday season, and risks happy people take every day.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://lifehacker.com/how-can-i-contribute-to-charities-without-donating-mone-1450001098">How Can I Contribute to Charities Without Donating Money?</a> &mdash; Using a charity credit card is a great way to contribute to charity without donating money. [Lifehacker]</p> <p><a href="http://onecentatatime.com/saving-money-holiday-season/">Saving Money this Holiday Season</a> &mdash; Save money this holiday season by using voucher codes and cutting out the fluff. [One Cent at a Time]</p> <p><a href="http://www.marcandangel.com/2013/10/20/10-risks-happy-people-take-every-day/">10 Risks Happy People Take Every Day</a> &mdash; Happy people risk taking full responsibility for their happiness every day. [Marc and Angel Hack Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.befrugal.com/blog/frugal-articles/halloween-cheap-treats-and-time-saving-tricks/">Halloween Cheap Treats and Time Saving Tricks</a> &mdash; Purchasing candy from a bulk candy supplier can help you save money this Halloween. [BeFrugal.com]</p> <p><a href="http://squarepennies.com/2013/10/10-time-management-tips-from-bloggers.html">10 Time Management Tips from Personal Finance Bloggers: #FinCon13 Edition</a> &mdash; Scheduling 15 minutes a day to do some organizing can help you better manage your time. [Square Pennies]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/Typical-Job-Interview-Questions-Answers-20280663">Master These 14 Interview Questions</a> &mdash; Before you go in for an interview, know how to answer the question &quot;tell me about yourself.&quot; [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://timemanagementninja.com/2013/10/10-tips-to-stop-worrying-and-get-more-done/">10 Tips to Stop Worrying and Get More Done</a> &mdash; To stop worrying and get more done, put things in perspective and be early. [Time Management Ninja]</p> <p><a href="http://www.girlsjustwannahavefunds.com/short-vs-long-term-disability-when-it-rains-it-pours/">Short vs Long Term Disability: When It Rains It Pours</a> &mdash; Did you know you can buy a long term disability policy either on your own or through your employer? [Girls Just Wanna Have Funds]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/new-paparazzi-law-is-a-chance-for-all-parents-to-rethink-the-laws-surrounding-children">New Paparazzi Law is a Chance for All Parents to Rethink the Laws Surrounding Children</a> &mdash; Have you heard about the new paparazzi law that prohibits photographers from taking pictures of children of celebrities? [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://www.dumblittleman.com/2013/10/work-smarter-5-productivity-hacks-to.html">Work Smarter: 5 Productivity Hacks To Maximize Your Time In The Office</a> &mdash; To maximize your time in the office, stay hydrated and make a to-do list. [Dumb Little Man]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-contributing-to-charities-without-donating-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-10"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dissecting-gift-guilt-when-does-receiving-a-gift-make-you-feel-bad">Dissecting &quot;Gift Guilt&quot; - When Does Receiving a Gift Make You Feel Bad?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/my-disgusting-fake-game-show-asks-what-would-you-do-for-money">My disgusting fake game show asks &quot;What would you do for money?&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chinese-money-habits-how-my-culture-influences-my-attitudes-toward-money">Chinese Money Habits - How My Culture Influences My Attitudes Toward Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-tenets-for-arranging-your-rich-part-1-rich-is-relative">Ten Tenets for &quot;Arranging Your Rich&quot; - Part 1: Rich is Relative</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle best money tips charities charity contributing donating money Thu, 24 Oct 2013 14:21:05 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 1047155 at http://www.wisebread.com 20 Places Where You Can Always Shop for a Worthy Cause http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-5322506-small.jpg" alt="women shopping" title="women shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Shopping can be even more rewarding when you know your purchase also goes to helping those in need. While some mainstream retailers promote socially conscious shopping through one-off charity products from time to time, plenty let you buy terrific products and promote the greater good all year 'round. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">Easy Ways to Support Charity</a>)</p> <h2>1. TOMS</h2> <p><a href="http://www.toms.com">TOMS</a> sells their signature shoes using the &quot;one for one&quot; mission, meaning for every pair sold, they donate a pair to a child in need. The company has already given over two million pairs in more than 60 countries, and has also expanded into eyewear using the same concept. TOMS continues to add new styles to their classic lineup, and products can be purchased at the company's site, certain department stores, and popular retail locations.</p> <h2>2. Novica</h2> <p><a href="http://www.novica.com">Novica</a>, which works in association with National Geographic, boasts over 30,000 unique, handcrafted items for sale from artisans in developing nations. Sale proceeds help local artisans generate income to improve their quality of life. The site has many affordable finds, and offers unique jewelry, decor, art, and other handmade gifts, which usually come with the artisan's bio. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-thoughtful-and-frugal-personalized-gift-ideas">Frugal Personalized Gift Ideas</a>)</p> <h2>3. Product (RED)</h2> <p><a href="http://joinred.shop.musictoday.com/">(RED)</a> products raise money for the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa. U2 lead singer and AIDS activist Bono helped develop the concept, which partners the (RED) brand with many well-known retailers, like <a href="http://www.apple.com/product-red/">Apple</a>, who sell designated (RED) products on their own sites. Up to 50% of the profits go to the Global Fund, and such products cost the same as non-(RED) items.</p> <h2>4. Everything Happy</h2> <p><a href="http://www.everythinghappy.com/">Everything Happy</a> sells children's products, like adorable animal blankets, stuffed toys, and clothing. For every purchase, the company donates a product to one of their designated hospitals, orphanages or Ronald McDonald houses, which you get to choose by using a registration code upon receiving your product. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-strategies-for-controlling-toy-clutter">Donate Toys to Control Clutter</a>)</p> <h2>5. FEED Projects</h2> <p>Fashion model, designer, and granddaughter of former President George H. W. Bush, Lauren Bush, started <a href="http://www.feedprojects.com/">FEED</a> after designing a bag to benefit the United Nation's World Food Program. Today, the company sells a collection of cool bags and totes, apparel, and accessories branded with the FEED logo. The sale of FEED products provides meals and vitamin supplements to children in need all over the world.</p> <h2>6. GreaterGood</h2> <p>The <a href="http://greatergood.com/">GreaterGood</a> family of websites follows a &quot;click to give&quot; mission with eight individual sites selling products whose proceeds support a number of well-known women's, children's, health, animal, and environmental causes and institutions. There is a vast array of merchandise available, from apparel to home items to cause-specific goods.</p> <h2>7. SoapBox Soaps</h2> <p>Besides selling all-natural, gluten-free, vegan, and made in the U.S.A soaps packaged with all recycled materials, <a href="http://soapboxsoaps.com/">SoapBox Soaps</a> also donates one bar of soap, fresh water, or vitamins to a child in need across the globe for every purchase made. Soapbox also contributes to shelters and nursing homes in the U.S. Products can be purchased at the company's site or found in many retail locations, including select <a href="http://www.wholefoods.com">Whole Foods Markets</a>.</p> <h2>8. eBay Giving Works</h2> <p><a href="http://givingworks.ebay.com/">eBay Giving Works</a> functions just like eBay's regular buying and selling platform. However, sellers donate a portion of product proceeds to one of eBay's designated charities, which include many well-known causes. All charities supported are screened by PayPal's Giving Fund, which means your money only goes to legit organizations and always reaches its intended destination.</p> <h2>9. KNO Clothing</h2> <p><a href="http://knoclothing.com/">KNO Clothing</a> sells stylish apparel and accessories all made from fairly traded, organic, or sustainable fabric. But it doesn't stop there. KNO uses 50% of the profits to help end homelessness, with each purchase providing an article of clothing to someone in need and supporting the work of the company's partners who provide housing.</p> <h2>10. Goodwill Stores</h2> <p>You may be familiar with <a href="http://www.goodwill.org">Goodwill</a> shops that resell donated clothing and home goods (there are 165 independent stores in the U.S. and Canada), but you may not realize what your purchase supports. Retail sales go towards funding job training, employment placement, and other community programs that Goodwill offers.</p> <h2>11. Ralph Lauren Pink Pony</h2> <p>Ralph Lauren has long promoted its <a href="http://www.ralphlauren.com/shop/index.jsp?categoryId=1870143&amp;sr=1&amp;origkw=pink%20pony&amp;view=99">Pink Pony Products</a>. Ten percent of the purchase price of these products benefits the <a href="http://global.ralphlauren.com/en-us/About/Philanthropy/Pages/pink_pony.aspx">Pink Pony Fund</a> of the Ralph Lauren Foundation, which funds initiatives for cancer care and prevention. Items include apparel and home goods, all with the trademark Pink Pony emblem.</p> <h2>12. Ten Thousand Villages</h2> <p><a href="http://www.tenthousandvillages.com/">Ten Thousand Villages</a> is one of the world's largest fair trade organizations that aims to sell unique, handmade products from disadvantaged artisans in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East. Proceeds help skilled artisans to earn money for basic necessities and an improved quality of life. Products are sold in nearly 400 U.S. retail outlets or through the company's site, and include handmade jewelry, décor, apparel, and other beautiful gifts.</p> <h2>13. Best Friends Boutique on Wag.com</h2> <p><a href="http://bestfriends.org/">Best Friends Animal Society</a> has opened an online store, called <a href="http://www.wag.com/b/best-friends-animal-society">Best Friends boutique</a>, which can be found on popular pet e-tailer, <a href="http://www.wag.com">Wag</a> (one of the Diaper.com sister sites). 50% of the proceeds from Best Friends logo items go towards helping the society run the nation's largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals, as well as their other no-kill shelter initiatives and programs.</p> <h2>14. Roozt</h2> <p>Touted by some as the Etsy for socially conscious shopping, <a href="http://www.roozt.com">Roozt</a> is an online platform that offers a collection of hip brands from mission-oriented retailers. Roozt's philosophy, &quot;bringing sexy back to giving back,&quot; allows retailers to set up storefronts on the site and offer cool products that make a difference. In addition, for every member who joins the site (membership is free), Roozt donates a meal to an American in need through their partnership with hunger relief charity, <a href="http://www.feedingamerica.org">Feeding America</a>.</p> <h2>15. B. toys</h2> <p>For every B. toy bought, ten cents is donated to <a href="http://www.freethechildren.com/">Free the Children</a>, which is an international charity and educational partner that has built over 650 schools around the world. B. toys are unique, educational products currently sold at Target and select specialty stores.</p> <h2>16. Giftback</h2> <p><a href="http://www.giftback.com/">Giftback</a> works like many of the popular flower and gift basket sites out there, selling gourmet food and gift baskets, flower arrangements, and customized corporate gifts. However, 10% of every purchase is donated to one of Giftback's designated charities, which the buyer can choose from. The site is geared towards giving, so your recipient will not only get to see your gift card message, but will be notified that a portion of the gift was also donated to the charity you chose.</p> <h2>17. Charity Wines and Benefit Wines</h2> <p><a href="http://charitywines.com/">Charity Wines</a> teams up with professional athletes and celebrities who donate their name and image to a unique wine brand. Around 70% of the sale proceeds of these unique bottles go the athlete's designated charity. Wines are single runs, which means they sell out and there are only a few items to pick from. Not to worry, however, as they have a sister site, <a href="http://www.benefitwines.com/">Benefit Wines</a>, which follows the same concept using charitable causes on the label (primarily animal charities) and has a greater inventory selection.</p> <h2>18. Chilanthropy</h2> <p><a href="https://www.chilanthropy.com/">Chilanthropy</a>, named after the concept of &quot;relaxing while being philanthropic,&quot; sells beautiful all natural candles and bath products. The eco-conscious company donates 5% of all candle sale proceeds to different environmental charities and organizations. Each candle is paired with a specific charity based on its theme or name and supports such causes as rainforest, coral reef, and forest preservation.</p> <h2>19. ASPCA Online Store</h2> <p>Check out the online shop of the <a href="http://www.aspcaonlinestore.com/">American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals</a> for some great pet related products. They have everything from pet items to adult and children's clothing and accessories. A small portion of sale proceeds supports the ASPCA's work towards helping animals.</p> <h2>20. Charity Malls</h2> <p>Charity mall sites, like <a href="http://www.goodsearch.com/goodshop.aspx">Goodshop</a> and <a href="http://www.igive.com">iGive</a>, work with thousands of retailers online to designate a portion of your regular purchase to a charity of your choice. You can shop through the charity sites or use one of the charity site apps to have purchases automatically credited when you directly visit a merchant site. You never pay more for items, and the charity sites help you track how much you raise. It's important to note, however, that the percentage donated is usually pretty low &mdash; on average, 0.5% to 3% for most retailers.</p> <p>These are just a sampling of the retailers out there offering products that give back. As a reminder, it's always best to do a little checking to make sure any do-good shopping goes to a legitimate cause and you know how much actually gets donated. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">How to Pick a Charity</a>)</p> <p><em>What are some of your favorite places to shop for a cause?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kelly-medeiros">Kelly Medeiros</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/20-places-where-you-can-always-shop-for-a-worthy-cause">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-11"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-used-car-salesman-reveals-dirty-tricks-and-how-to-beat-them">A Used Car Salesman Reveals Dirty Tricks (and How to Beat Them)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-pricey-things-you-shouldnt-buy-and-what-to-get-instead">14 Pricey Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy (And What to Get Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-your-credit-card-will-save-you-money-while-holiday-shopping">11 Ways Your Credit Card Will Save You Money While Holiday Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/new-isnt-always-better-12-used-things-to-love">New Isn&#039;t Always Better: 12 Used Things to Love</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/look-but-dont-touch-avoiding-market-manipulation">Look, But Don’t Touch: Avoid Marketing Manipulation</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping charity donations shopping Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:00:22 +0000 Kelly Medeiros 982670 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Creative Ways to Give to Charity http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-give-to-charity <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-give-to-charity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/run-5129504-small.jpg" alt="running" title="running" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on creative ways to give to charity, what to know before buying a vacation home, and rules for following up after an interview.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/articles/2013/07/01/creative-ways-to-give-to-charity">Creative Ways to Give to Charity</a> &mdash; If you are looking for a creative way to give to charity, consider using Charity Miles to walk, run, or bike to earn money for charity. [US News &amp; World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/buying-a-vacation-home/">What to Know Before Buying a Vacation Home</a> &mdash; Before you buy a vacation home, consider all the costs and caveats, including insurance and property taxes. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Follow-Up-After-Interview-24541874">5 Rules For Following Up After the Interview</a> &mdash; When following up after a job interview, remember to follow up within 2 weeks. [PopSugar Smart Living]</p> <p><a href="http://www.moneytalksnews.com/2013/07/02/play-your-cards-and-cash-right-in-las-vegas/">Tips for a Fabulous Budget Las Vegas Trip</a> &mdash; If you want to have a fabulous budget Las Vegas trip, take advantage of freebie sightseeing and happy hours. [Money Talks News]</p> <p><a href="http://www.freemoneyfinance.com/2008/07/the-pros-and-co.html">The Pros and Cons of Paying Cash for a House</a> &mdash; Paying cash for a house can get you a better deal, but gives you less liquidity. [Free Money Finance]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.kiplinger.com/article/spending/T050-C000-S002-beware-mobile-cramming-bogus-charges-on-your-phone.html">Beware Bogus Charges on Your Mobile-Phone Bill</a> &mdash; To protect yourself from bogus charges on your mobile-phone bill, be careful who you give your phone number to. [Kiplinger]</p> <p><a href="http://www.bargaineering.com/articles/extra-movie-tv-show.html">How to Become an Extra in a Movie or TV Show</a> &mdash; Did you know you can find listings for extras on Craigslist? [Bargaineering]</p> <p><a href="http://greatist.com/connect/houseplants-that-clean-air">9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill</a> &mdash; Spider Plants and Boston Ferns are just some of the virtually-indestructible plants that can purify the air in your home. [Greatist]</p> <p><a href="http://money.msn.com/saving-money-tips/post&mdash;gen-xers-become-their-parents-sort-of?ref=bfv">Gen Xers Become... Their Parents (Sort Of)</a> &mdash; Gen Xers are looking at a 20% deficit when it comes to retirement savings. [MSN Money]</p> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/10-ways-to-protect-your-marriage-when-you-have-kids">10 Ways to Protect Your Marriage When You Have Kids</a> &mdash; To make sure your marriage survives having kids, make time with your spouse on a regular basis. [Parenting Squad]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-creative-ways-to-give-to-charity">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-12"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-ideas-that-can-change-lives">Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Change Lives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seller-funded-down-payment-assistance-charities-scammers-or-saints">Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Charities - Scammers or Saints?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/manage-your-charitable-giving">Manage your charitable giving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">Giving to Charity is Great. But How Do You Pick One?</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips charity giving to charity Mon, 08 Jul 2013 10:00:33 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 980342 at http://www.wisebread.com 13 Places to Donate Extra Goods From Couponing http://www.wisebread.com/13-places-to-donate-extra-goods-from-couponing <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/13-places-to-donate-extra-goods-from-couponing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/7973475952_75981e2e01_z.jpg" alt="food bank" title="food bank" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you&rsquo;re an extreme couponer, permit a word of advice &mdash; there is such a thing as too much. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">Extreme Couponing? 5 Reasons Why I'll&nbsp;Pass.</a>)</p> <p>I mean, really &mdash; do you need 140 rolls of paper towels, 57 bottles of laundry detergent, and more Q-Tips that you could count in a lifetime? The answer is no, you don&rsquo;t, especially if you plan to continue to build up your stockpile well into the foreseeable future.</p> <p>I know it may be hard to part with all those free or nearly free items, but if people who need them can put them to good use, why not spread the love?</p> <p>To help you identify the right place you can send your couponing surplus, I&rsquo;ve compiled the following list.</p> <h2>1. Classrooms</h2> <p>While schools supply some of the basic necessities that teachers need, many teachers have to foot the bill for supplies &mdash; especially if they want something special. Good items to donate to individual teachers (perhaps your child&rsquo;s own) or a school in general include snacks, paper products like plates and cups (for parties), storage bags/containers (for projects), and cleaning supplies.</p> <h2>2. Food Banks</h2> <p>Your local food bank will never tell you it has too much food. If you have canned goods coming out of your ears, box up a small stash and send them to your local pantry.</p> <h2>3. Churches</h2> <p>Many churches have kitchens, so canned goods and other non-perishables will probably be put to good use along with paper products and cleaning supplies.</p> <h2>4. Orphanages</h2> <p>Since the kids who reside in orphanages stay there around the clock, they require full-time care. Likely anything you can donate to an orphanage will be appreciated, but hygiene products like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and deodorant are probably at the top of the list. This is a good place to send unwanted clothes, too.</p> <h2>5. Nursing Homes</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re an extreme couponer, not all of your wins will come from the grocery store. In that case, if you have an abundance of higher-end items for which you have no need &mdash; DVDs, board games, books, magazines, and arts and crafts supplies, drop them off at your local nursing home or senior center.</p> <h2>6. Military</h2> <p>If you have a mountain of trial-sized, travel-friendly toiletries, use them to make care packages for our brave men and women overseas. You can also include non-perishable snacks, DVDs, books, and magazines.</p> <h2>7. Animal Shelters</h2> <p>If you find yourself with more pet food and products that you know what to do with &mdash; especially if you don&rsquo;t have any pets &mdash; take them to your local animal shelter, which has many adorable mouths to feed several times a day.</p> <h2>8. Other Charitable Organizations</h2> <p>This could be any number of organizations with which you&rsquo;re affiliated or for which you have an affinity. The Goodwill and Salvation Army will take just about anything you have extras of, but <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/giving-to-charity-is-great-but-how-do-you-pick-one">any non-profit</a> will likely accept whatever you&rsquo;ve got to give that will help it with its day-to-day operations.</p> <h2>9. Day Cares</h2> <p>Babies are messy. Donate cleaning supplies and diapers (nice pull, by the way, if you&rsquo;ve got a bunker full of Pampers) to day cares in your area. The owners of these establishments will more than appreciate your generosity.</p> <h2>10. Homeless Shelters</h2> <p>Like food banks, homeless shelters can never have enough food. Think of it this way &mdash; the more food they have, the more mouths they can feed on a daily basis. Send over your excess along with any other household or &ldquo;living&rdquo; items like <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-make-the-most-of-a-tiny-kitchen">kitchen supplies</a> or hygiene products.</p> <h2>11. Women&rsquo;s Shelters</h2> <p>Women&rsquo;s shelters can use the same supplies that you&rsquo;re sending to the homeless shelters, so when you&rsquo;re packing a box for the latter make one for the former, too.</p> <h2>12. Disabled Veterans Associations</h2> <p>Some veterans require more assistance than others, and that&rsquo;s exactly what DAVs are for. Help these organizations help those who fought for our freedom by <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/surprisingly-easy-ways-you-can-support-charity">donating anything that you think will assist</a> in the care of a disabled veteran.</p> <h2>13. Volunteer Fire Departments</h2> <p>Volunteer firefighters especially can use non-perishable food items like canned goods, because:</p> <ol> <li>They have to eat.</li> <li>The food they buy for the firehouse comes out of their own pocket.</li> <li>They spend a lot of time there waiting to save your life, possibly without getting paid for it.</li> </ol> <p>Cleaning and laundry supplies and paper products also will be welcome here, as will entertainment like DVDs and magazines.</p> <p><em>Do you have other suggestions on where to donate all that extra stuff from couponing? Let me know in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-places-to-donate-extra-goods-from-couponing">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-13"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-pricey-things-you-shouldnt-buy-and-what-to-get-instead">14 Pricey Things You Shouldn&#039;t Buy (And What to Get Instead)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/13-awesome-money-saving-sites">13 Awesome Money Saving Sites We Love at Wise Bread</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-fun-things-to-buy-for-under-5">15 Fun Things to Buy for Under $5</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-resistance-bands">The 5 Best Resistance Bands</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-put-on-and-leave-off-your-wedding-registry">What to Put On (and Leave Off) Your Wedding Registry</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle Shopping charity extreme couponing food banks Thu, 22 Nov 2012 10:48:30 +0000 Mikey Rox 955566 at http://www.wisebread.com 31 Great Gifts That Keep on Giving http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/gift-182099929.jpg" alt="gift" title="gift" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're wondering what kind of gift to buy for the person who already &quot;has it all&quot; this holiday season, you're not alone! It's hard to come up with new and creative ideas for that special someone.</p> <p>But don't fret. If you're looking to buy a gift this year that won't fade away once the newness wears off, then you've come to the right place. Take a look at these gifts that keep on giving! (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-gifts-you-can-make-today?ref=seealso">25 Gifts You Can Make Today</a>)</p> <h2>1. Cooking Classes</h2> <p>What gift could give back more than cooking classes? Classes are fun and a great way to either brush up on existing skills or learn new ones.</p> <h2>2. Perennial Flowers</h2> <p>Why not give the gift of beautiful flowers that continue to bloom each year? No worries if you're not much of a green thumb, here's some advice on <a href="http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/how-to-choose-and-grow-perennial-flowers.html">how to choose perennials</a>.</p> <h2>3. A Charity Donation</h2> <p>If you're looking for something that surely won't get returned or re-gifted, consider giving a donation on someone's behalf to their favorite charity. Two sites that can help you weed through the various charities and decide which to give to this season are <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator</a> and <a href="https://www.justgive.org/">Just Give</a>.</p> <h2>4. A Costco Membership</h2> <p><a href="http://costco.com/">Costco</a> memberships are a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving. The savings had at a membership warehouse like Costco can really add up, especially if someone doesn't have to pay the $50 membership fee that first year!</p> <h2>5. Rechargeable Batteries and Charger</h2> <p>It's not the most exciting gift in the world, but for that practical someone on the list, it makes a lot of sense.</p> <h2>6. Photos</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holkpgive-156424821-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Give the gift of a family photo to your spouse, grandparents, or other relatives. Use a site like <a href="http://www.kqzyfj.com/click-2822544-11319379">Snapfish</a> to put them into a memory book, calendar, or any number of other creative ideas.</p> <h2>7. Toms Shoes</h2> <p><a href="http://toms.com/">Toms Shoes</a> are an excellent gift because they are two gifts in one. When you buy a pair of shoes, Toms donates a pair of shoes to a child in need around the world.</p> <h2>8. Toms Sunglasses</h2> <p>Toms recently starting selling more than just shoes. You can give the gift of eyesight to someone in need around the world with every purchase of a pair of <a href="http://www.toms.com/eyewear/our-movement/">Toms sunglasses</a>.</p> <h2>9. Zoo Membership</h2> <p>A zoo membership is a great gift for a family with children. The membership can be used multiple times throughout the year and usually includes free passes to the dolphin show (my favorite!) and other extras.</p> <h2>10. Sponsorship of an International Child</h2> <p>Through an organization like <a href="http://www.worldvision.org/content.nsf/sponsor/learn-about-sponsorship?open&amp;lpos=top_drp_Sponsor_LearnAbout">World Vision</a>, you can provide a child with education for as little as $32. You can also sponsor a child for roughly $35 per month, which provides a child with clean water, nutritious food, healthcare, and education.</p> <h2>11. A Pocket Camcorder</h2> <p>Give the gift of capturing memories with a pocket camcorder. Here are good <a href="http://pocket-camcorder.toptenreviews.com/">reviews of pocket camcorders</a>&nbsp;to get you headed in the right direction.</p> <h2>12. A Letter</h2> <p>Give a memorable gift that a loved one can re-read at any time. Hand-written letters are a thing of the past, which makes them even more special.</p> <h2>13. A Famous Family Recipe</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 302px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holkpgive-179873497-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Do you make the best pulled pork with your own special BBQ sauce? Or perhaps no one comes close to that perfect chili recipe like you do. Type your &quot;almost&quot; famous recipe and tape it to a new pot, pan, or other cooking utensil.</p> <h2>14. A Vacation</h2> <p>This doesn't have to be a seven-day Mediterranean cruise. It can as small as an overnight stay in the city or a weekend getaway at a bed and breakfast. Memories created on these trips will last a lifetime!</p> <h2>15. Blue Silk Scarves</h2> <p>Looking for a winter accessory to give to your special someone? Take a look at scarves from <a href="http://bluesilk.org/about_bluesilk.html">Blue Silk Scarves</a>. Each purchase sends a donation to help women in Cambodia break free from cycles of poverty by teaching them life skills.</p> <h2>16. (Not Your Average) Greeting Card</h2> <p>If you're just looking for a greeting card for the holiday, be sure to check out the great collection from <a href="http://treenex.com/about-us">Tree Nex</a>. Every card purchase you make will plant a tree in a forest for your recipient, and you can even track your tree online.</p> <h2>17. (Not Your Average) Gift Card</h2> <p>If you're looking to give someone a gift card this year, consider giving a card that will allow them to help change the world. The vision for <a mce_href="http://globalgiving.org" href="http://globalgiving.org/">Global Giving</a>&nbsp;is to &quot;unleash the potential of people around the world to make positive change happen.&quot; Each card allows your recipient to choose what projects they donate the gift card amount to. Projects include feeding the hungry, educating children, building houses, training men and women with jobs skills, and many others.</p> <h2>18. Your Skills</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holkpgive-kid-baby-3929952-small-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>Are you really good at woodworking? <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&amp;rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=2&amp;ved=0CG8QFjAB&amp;url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.getrichslowly.org%2Fblog%2F2008%2F11%2F13%2Fa-do-it-yourself-christmas-34-great-gifts-you-can-make-yourself%2F&amp;ei=BjbVTrj8MKa22gW754WaAQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNGF_h2aZt07yiLhUKuW9bwwa43RjA">Make something</a>. Have a knack for cooking? Volunteer to teach your skills. Love kids? Offer to babysit once a month to give parents a break. Are you a budding artist? Create an amazing canvas to help decorate someone's home. Use your natural talents, be creative, and have fun.</p> <h2>19. Reusable Gift Bag</h2> <p>If you are wrapping your gift, choose a <a href="http://www.etsy.com/search_results.php?search_type=handmade&amp;search_query=cloth+gift+bag+wrapping&amp;order=most_relevant">reusable gift bag</a> so your recipient can use the bag again for someone else. Plus, you'll save some trees as well.</p> <h2>20. A Reusable Water Bottle</h2> <p>Check out these <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-best-eco-friendly-water-bottles">reusable water bottles</a> to help stay away from any potentially hazardous plastics.</p> <h2>21. A Special Edition iPod</h2> <p>Give the gift of music with a <a href="http://www.apple.com/ipod/red/">(PRODUCT) RED Special Edition iPod</a>. Apple gives a portion of the purchase price to the Global Fund to fight AIDS in Africa.</p> <h2>22. Jewelry With a Purpose</h2> <p>If you're looking to give the gift of jewelry this year, check out <a href="http://31bits.com/about/programs/">31 Bits</a>. Your gift will also give the gift of fighting poverty for women in Uganda.</p> <h2>23. A Secret Identity</h2> <p>For the wannabe crime fighters in your life, give the gift of living out a superhero identity. The <a href="http://superherosupplies.com/">Brooklyn Superhero Supply Company</a> has all your needs covered. All proceeds go directly to support the free writing and tutoring programs at <a mce_href="http://826nyc.org" href="http://826nyc.org/">826NYC</a>, a nonprofit that supports students ages 6-18 with their writing skills.</p> <h2>24. A Fresh Herb Keeper</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holkpgive-160435451-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>I've never understood why grocery stores sell herbs in huge bunches when recipes usually call for a small amount. Most of the time, we end up throwing our herbs away. Check out this clever <a href="http://www.reuseit.com/store/fresh-herb-keeper-progressive-international-p-2772.html">fresh herb keeper</a>, which helps avoid wasting money and food.</p> <h2>25. A Fruit and Veggie Saver</h2> <p>Along the same lines, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-storing-25-common-fruits-and-veggies">fruit and vegetables</a> can spoil quickly if you're not eating them right away. Check out these <a href="http://www.reuseit.com/store/reuseit-produce-saver-made-p-2029.html">fruit and veggie keepers</a> that helps keep produce crisp and fresh.</p> <h2>26. Reusable Vacuum Seal Lids</h2> <p>Help your friends or family go green by getting rid of plastic wrap. Not only will these <a href="http://www.reuseit.com/store/reusable-vacuum-seal-lids-keepeez-p-2238.html">reusable vacuum food sealers</a> help keep heaps of plastic wrap out of landfills, they will keep food fresher longer.</p> <h2>27. A Good &quot;How To&quot; Book</h2> <p><img style="width: 605px; height: 303px;" src="http://static1.killeraces.com/files/fruganomics/u784/holkpgive-3101556-small-ggnoads.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p>A book that can teach a new skill or way of doing things could be a gift that gives back tenfold. I really like David Allen's <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0142000280/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0142000280&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">Getting Things Done</a> book. You could also try the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0307465357/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=0307465357&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=holidaygiftg-20">4 Hour Workweek</a> by Tim Ferris.</p> <h2>28. A Coupon Book</h2> <p>An <a href="http://www.entertainment.com/discount/local_editions.shtml?path=BOOK">Entertainment Book</a> is a great way to give a gift that keeps on giving, or rather keeps on saving! The book offers coupons, discounts, and savings in multiple categories like restaurants, entertainment, and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-simple-ways-to-cut-your-car-expenses">car maintenance</a>, to name a few.</p> <h2>29. Magazine Subscriptions</h2> <p>To give a gift that lasts all year long, consider a magazine subscription.</p> <h2>30. Netflix Subscriptions</h2> <p>Similarly, for the movie buff on your list, give the gift of limitless blockbusters by offering a subscription to <a href="http://netflix.com/">Netflix.</a></p> <h2>31. Food of the Month Club</h2> <p>Whether the person on your list loves steaks, cheese, pizza, wine, or other foods, you can give the gift of their favorite dish to last them all year long. Check out <a href="http://www.club-offers.com/food/">Club-Offers.com</a> for that perfect fare. Bon Appetit!</p> <p><em>What other gifts would you add to this list?</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/jason-topp">Jason Topp</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/31-great-gifts-that-keep-on-giving">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-14"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-alternative-gift-ideas-for-chanukah">8 Alternative Gift Ideas for Chanukah</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-hair-curlers">The 5 Best Hair Curlers</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-long-lasting-aa-batteries">The 5 Best Long Lasting AA Batteries</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-laundry-detergents">The 5 Best Laundry Detergents</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-best-indoor-tv-antennas">The 5 Best Indoor TV Antennas</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Green Living Shopping alternative gifts charity holiday gift ideas product reviews Thu, 01 Dec 2011 11:24:12 +0000 Jason Topp 804354 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Money Tips: Teaching Kids How to Donate Money http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-teaching-kids-how-to-donate-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-money-tips-teaching-kids-how-to-donate-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock_000016136023Small.jpg" alt="Father and son with money" title="Father and son with money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to Wise Bread's <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/topic/best-money-tips">Best Money Tips</a> Roundup! Today we found some great articles on teaching kids how to donate money, cutting the cost of college tuition, and why you need to carry cash.</p> <h2>Top 5 Articles</h2> <p><a href="http://parentingsquad.com/teaching-kids-how-to-donate-money">Teaching Kids How To Donate Money</a> &mdash; Teach your kids how to donate money by letting them pick what charity they want to donate to. [Parenting Squad]</p> <p><a href="http://cashmoneylife.com/how-to-cut-the-cost-of-college-tuition/">How to Cut the Cost of College Tuition</a> &mdash; To cut the cost of college tuition, try to graduate in less time. [Cash Money Life]</p> <p><a href="http://www.mydollarplan.com/reasons-to-carry-cash/">6 Reasons Why You Need to Carry Cash</a> &mdash; Always carry cash so you don't have to put small incidental purchases on your credit card [My Dollar Plan]</p> <p><a href="http://www.creditsesame.com/blog/whats-the-catch-with-cash-back-credit-cards/">What's the Catch With Cash Back Credit Cards?</a> &mdash; Some cash back credit cards limit how much you can earn at the 5% rate based on categories. [Credit Sesame]</p> <p><a href="http://www.genywealth.com/advice-on-financial-planning">40 Things Everyone Must Know About Money</a> &mdash; Always remember that the best investment is an investment in yourself. [Gen Y Wealth]</p> <h2>Other Essential Reading</h2> <p><a href="http://www.savvysugar.com/How-Get-US-Passport-19051275">8 Newbie Steps to Getting a Passport</a> &mdash; When getting your passport, be sure to make a copy of your ID. [SavvySugar]</p> <p><a href="http://passivepanda.com/word-of-mouth?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+PassivePanda+%28Passive+Panda%29">The ultimate guide to getting more referrals and increasing word-of-mouth</a> &mdash; To get more referrals, make sure to ask people to refer you after you've left them feeling great about your work. Timing is everything! [Passive Panda]</p> <p><a href="http://genxfinance.com/how-to-streamline-your-morning-routine/">How to Streamline Your Morning Routine</a> &mdash; Streamline your morning routine by filling your gas tank over the weekend so you don't have to deal with an empty tank on Monday morning. [Generation X Finance]</p> <p><a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2011/09/13/5-factors-to-consider-before-relocating-for-a-job">5 Factors to Consider Before Relocating for a Job</a> &mdash; Before you relocate for work, consider the local cost of living. [US News and World Report]</p> <p><a href="http://www.lifehack.org/articles/productivity/7-symptoms-of-procrastination-and-how-to-fight-the-bug.html?utm_source=feedburner&amp;utm_medium=feed&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+LifeHack+%28lifehack.org%29">7 Symptoms of Procrastination and How to Fight Them</a> &mdash; Fight the feeling of being overwhelmed by breaking tasks down into small bite sized chunks. [Stepcase Lifehack]</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-money-tips-teaching-kids-how-to-donate-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-15"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/charitable-giving-give-in-order-to-receive">Charitable Giving: Give in Order to Receive</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gift-giving-ideas-that-can-change-lives">Gift-Giving Ideas That Can Change Lives</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ten-great-charities-that-deserve-your-dollars-this-year">Ten Great Charities that Deserve Your Dollars This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/seller-funded-down-payment-assistance-charities-scammers-or-saints">Seller Funded Down Payment Assistance Charities - Scammers or Saints?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/manage-your-charitable-giving">Manage your charitable giving</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance best money tips charity donating Wed, 14 Sep 2011 10:00:19 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 705697 at http://www.wisebread.com