Hip2Save This Holiday: Simple Ways to Give Back & Pay It Forward on a Budget
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Spreading cheer and giving to those in need is a wonderful thing to do year round – not just at Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, the holiday season may be a perfect time for your family to start your own tradition of giving back, something that your family can do together that shows love, hope and joy to those who aren’t as fortunate. If you’re stumped on ways to give back on a budget or how to pay it forward, check out these awesome ideas sent in from readers Shannon & Jennilee below!
Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader, Shannon…
Starting after Thanksgiving, we start creating and working down our list of “ways to pay it forward” during the holiday season and we check them off as we go. We like to do at least one good deed a week but often do them about every other day once the ball gets rolling. Sometimes we even repeat ideas! Ideas include:
*Leaving an encouraging anonymous holiday letter for a neighbor. For example, we once taped an envelope with enough money to buy a coffee and letter to our neighbors door that said, “Someone appreciates you. We hope that this allows you to start your day off right. Enjoy your morning coffee on us!”
*Sending a holiday card to our local police officers and fire fighters to thank them for their work. My son usually includes some art work.
*Tape money with a note to a vending machine or soda machine with enough money to purchase one item from the machine or a soda (notes we have left in the past have read, “Surprise! Our family believes Christmas is about giving. We hope you enjoy this simply act of kindness. Happy holidays!”)
*Tape a note and a candy cane or Ziploc baggie of homemade cookies to your mailbox thanking your postman.
*Take in carts that are left outside a store.
*Leave paper/plastic plates outside a neighbor’s door with a note that says, “Happy holidays! We know the holidays can be stressful. Please allow your dishes to be taken care of, on us!”
*Tape quarters to a gum or quarter machine at the mall or grocery store.
*Offer to ring the bell for the Salvation Army worker for a few minutes.
We love these ideas because they are not only quick, easy, and frugal but it helps put a smile not only on the face of others but our faces as well. It’s a great way to show our son that the holidays are a time of giving, not just receiving. Happy Holidays!
Hip2Save This Holiday Guest Post Submitted By Reader, Jennilee…
When thinking of creative ways to give back during the holidays summons ideas of caroling, delivering holiday cards to nursing or assisted living homes, donating coats and/or food; however one specific idea stands out. This winter when you are paying for your coffee, pay for the next person’s coffee as well. You can pay for the person behind you or give three to five dollars to the cashier for the next customer.
Personally, I consider it to be a more rewarding experience when you pay for someone’s meal and leave before they see you or thank you. Another way you could be creative by buying some hot soup (a meal in general) for a homeless individual you encounter. Having the opportunity to brighten someone’s day is enjoyable and rewarding. Regardless of the magnitude, a simple kind act can make a positive impact.