Friday Five: 5 No Cost Ways to Give This Season

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0. The theme this week is gift giving. I’m still working on my gift guides. Last week I posted 5 Great Companies That Give Back. I’m going to go a bit off topic. The holidays can be a tough time for many people. Spending a lot of money can add extra stress. There are many great ways to give without spending money.

5 No Cost Ways to Give This Season

  • Reach out to a friend or neighbor. The holidays can be tough for people who are not near family or friends or who have suffered losses. Heck, they can be tough for any one. Reach out to a friend, neighbor or family member and make a date. Meet in person. Share a meal. Your time and attention is an amazing gift.
  • Volunteer your time or skills at a local charity. Many charities are working over time to provide for kids and families in need over the holidays. Volunteer at a local food bank, with Toys for Tots or to wrap presents at a mall for charity. Invite friends to volunteer with you. Helping others make you feel good. That’s a gift for yourself, too. It’s a win-win.
  • Donate clothes, books or household goods to charity. If you’re like me, you have some pretty nice (maybe even new) stuff around the house that you don’t use. Check out Real Simple’s guide on where to donate HERE.
  • Use your online clicks and social media cred for good! There are many sites that will donate to charity with your clicks, views and shares. You can use Amazon Smile to have a donation with your shopping. Here’s a link to a bunch of apps that enable free giving. Check out Her Full Plate’s Lazy Guide to Giving for websites you can use to donate with your clicks. You can also donate referral credits, points or miles to help a friend or a person in need. On Giving Tuesday, I donated 2000 Open Table points and gave 100 meals through Share Out Strength’s No Kid Hungry Program. How awesome is that? They’ll match donations up to 100,000 meals through December 11. Check it out here.
  • Be present for your family and friends. Put down your phone/tablet/device. Even better, turn them off. Be present when you spend time with your family and friends. Talk, tell stories, go for a walk, play a board game, laugh and then talk some more. The memories you create are a priceless gift.

How will you give this season?

Have a great weekend! Can you believe it’s December?



  1. I love these! Such nice ideas. I already do the Amazon Smile donations, but I will be looking into the other online giving via clicks. Thanks!

  2. I love this, especially the “turning off devices”. I never get my phone out when we are out with friends and it drives me nuts when a friend of mine is always on hers (even at dinner)!

  3. I did a reverse Black Friday this year… took two big bags to Goodwill!

  4. Amber Ludwig says:

    Love this!! I always feel so useless around the holidays because money is tight with us… always. But I know how important and what an impact it makes to give!! My son and I like to do whatever we can to volunteer and we always donate to the food pantry!!

  5. Ana says:

    These are all such wonderful ideas!! I’m going to pick one and do it this season, thanks!

  6. We’ve donated so much already and have a ton left to go through. We usually make treats for our local fire and police stations, and we’re hoping to volunteer at a shelter this year as a family! Great ideas. xxoo

  7. Arlinda says:

    Volunteering is great. If anyone is available during the holidays I would definitely recommend cooking breakfast at the Ronald McDonald house. Many of those families are far from home while their children receive treatment and its always nice to have a home cooked meal. I’ve done out before with friends, its a lot of work but worth it.

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    I’m going to check out Amazon Smile. Thanks!

  9. darla says:

    What awesome tips, Erica.

  10. Dana Rodriguez says:

    These are great ideas. I already donate but I want to check out the social media clicks a bit more. I have seen a couple for animals and needy children.

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