Times are tough. But is seems that no matter how bad things are, there is always someone who is worse off. While you may be tightening your purse strings because of the downturn in the economy, now is the perfect time to start giving. You may not think you can, but you may have more resources than you know. Your pantry and freezer are the perfect source to facilitate your generosity.
Don’t go grocery shopping this week. Take the money you would normally spend on groceries and give that money to a charity of your choice. Eat from your reserves.
1) Talk to your family about what you are planning to do. Explain to your children that they may have to make some sacrifices in the coming week. Instead of their favorite cereal, they may have to have a bowl of oatmeal for a few days. Make it fun, not a chore. Give them as much choice and input as is practical and appropriate. They may surprise you with some good ideas! Let them know that they are helping others by making some sacrifices of their own.
2) Buy only staples. To make it a workable plan, buy milk, eggs and bread if necessary. Other than that, challenge yourself to make do with what you have.
3) Take stock in your pantry and freezer. Make a list of the canned and frozen foods that have found a home in the dark corners of your cupboards.
4) Create a menu for the week from what you have on your list. You will need to get creative. Use a search engine to find recipes that will help you make the most of the ingredients you have on hand. Simply type in a few ingredients and the word “recipe” and see what you get.
5) At the end of the week, take a check to the donation center of your choice. To make it real for everyone, make a trip to the facility you have chosen to support rather than mailing the check. Putting faces to the abstract can leave an impression that may help you on your way to making giving a habit.
Giving has a way of liberating you from the bondage of money. Doing it as a family, can create a teachable moment that can last a lifetime.