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10 Ways You Can Give This Season (without spending a lot of money)

By JLP | December 22, 2010

This Christmas Season my wife and I decided to forgo gifts for each other. We decided that we really don’t need anything. Instead, we are going to treat ourselves to a new mattress set sometime next year. We have been married over 17 years and have never had a good mattress. What we are doing instead is taking the money that we would have spent on ourselves and give it away (secretly). I have to say, this has been one of my favorite Christmas Seasons ever.

Anyway, I got to thinking about all the ways people can give to each other without spending lots of money. I came up with a list of ten things. Let me know if you have something to add to the list.

1. Smile

2. Yield your place in the checkout line to someone else.

3. Take an interest in another person.

4. Let someone go ahead of you when driving.

5. Pay the toll for the person behind you.

6. Pay the tab for the person behind you in the restaurant drive-thru.

7. Compliment the employees at the businesses you frequent.

8. Report exceptional service by employees to their managers. Be sure and remember their name.

9. Be patient.

10. Leave a nice tip and a note for the servers at the restaurants you frequent.

Topics: Giving | 4 Comments »


4 Responses to “10 Ways You Can Give This Season (without spending a lot of money)”

  1. Stacey Says:
    December 22nd, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    I have to say I’ve done all of those things at one point or another. Patience is probably the most difficult for me.

    Since you know me so well, JLP, you won’t be surprised at what else I do…ok, don’t go THERE! What I really mean is that I scan what’s in people’s grocery carts and give them the applicable coupons I have in my stash.

    There’s also a lady at the deli counter whose daughter (single) just had a baby, so I’ve been forwarding all my diaper and formula coupons to her via her mom. I figured if you’re going to support life then put your money where your mouth is and help these moms who choose to have their babies.

    I like your idea tho’. Very Oprah-ish of you, paying it forward! :)

  2. Brad Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Regarding item #4:

    So you’re the one I’m honking at when we’re all at a 4-way stop and you refuse to go when it’s your turn?

    Two people…each waving at each other to kindly go first…slowing down the whole process.

  3. JLP Says:
    December 23rd, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Brad,

    I didn’t say you had to act like an idiot…lol.

  4. Steve Braun Says:
    December 24th, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Brad — Perfect comment! Know the feeling well.

    Merry Christmas JLP!!!

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