Don’t break the bank this holiday season, instead give back easily with these budget-friendly ideas.
Contribute a proceed of your purchases to a good cause.
Amazon Smile is a simple way to give back as you shop. When you use Smile to make your purchases, it kicks back 0.5% of money spent to a charity of your choice. There are search engines that do the same—like EcoKey, GoodSearch, and Benelab.
Make someone smile.
It’s easy to get caught up in the madness of the holiday season. Sometimes you find yourself forgetting what this time is all about, which at its core, is giving back. Writing to soldiers overseas or military veterans is an easy way to do so. Operation Gratitude makes this simple—all you have to do is write a personalized note and send it in.
Help out around your community.
Grab a friend and spend a couple hours picking up trash in spots where you know debris tends to pile up. This can instantly make the area more inviting and full of holiday cheer! Another way to help your local community is volunteering to teach English to non-native speakers.
Download charitable apps.
Apps like Charity Miles donate money per mile walked, biked, ran, or moved. If you’re active throughout the day, the money earned can quickly add up. You could contribute to this success by logging into the app whenever you work out, and the total is automatically calculated. Other applications that make it easy to donate money to a good cause include Give 2 Charity and Charity Tap.
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