So you did the challenge?  Involved your kids?  Would love to do it more often than this one week but can’t afford it?  No worries, there are plenty of ways to help others without spending money.  Here are five of my favorites to get you started:bowling with Vinny 006

  1. Visit a nearby retirement center, hospital or animal shelter.  Most residents love visitors and don’t get as many as they would like.  
  2. De-clutter.  Set a bag aside and every week as you clean, do laundry, etc. add items to it that you longer use or love.  Once a month, run them over to Goodwill or your local shelter.
  3. Use coupons.  Next time you see a good deal at the grocery, stock up.  Often I’m able to get items for free that I might not need but that I know someone else could put to good use.  I go ahead and purchase them and take them to our church to donate to others in need.
  4. Volunteer at a local school – even if you don’t have kids, I’m sure the teachers would love an extra hand to make copies or shelve library books!
  5. Smile.  Just pay attention to the people around you.  If someone seems down, ask how you can help.  Just taking the time to really listen can mean so much to someone in need.

How do you volunteer or help others on a budget?  Share your ideas in the comments so we can ALL benefit!

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