Act 276

Fight fundraising fatigue

Is it just me or are you constantly bombarded with request to buy something so someone can raise money for something else. Pies, raffle tickets, cookie dough, calendars, running races for schools, or school trips, or hockey, or charities. Canada Post just asked me to add $2.00 to a bill for their charity. Seriously, I could easily spend $100 a month if I said yes to everything.

It’s important to give. Critically important – but we have to find a way to determine what we’ll give, to whom and why.

My suggestions? Pretty simple.

Consider giving your time if you can’t give money

Only buy from kids (not their parents – that’s the easy way out)

Decide what you’re prepared to support (no national charities for me – local stuff only)

Non-denominational donations are more my speed

Donations to foundations live in perpetuity – only the interest is used

Finally, don’t buy stuff you don’t need – especially those gifts books and magazine subscriptions – it’s cheaper just to give money directly to the cause and skip the stuff

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Act 264

Have a yard sale. But don’t expect to sell the yard.

Over the last few weeks I’ve brought together quite an assortment of things in my house that I no longer need. Kitchen gear, sports equipment, clothes, books, even tires.

Today we set up shop in the front yard to sell it. And we sold a few things. But not as much as I would have liked. It’s no wonder, really, that my neighbourhood wouldn’t convene on a cloudy Sunday in my front yard to buy all the stuff I can’t be bothered with anymore.

But the sale isn’t the most important part. It’s the parting with items you realize you no longer need that’s important.┬áSo, what’s left will be donated or possibly sold online ’cause it isn’t coming back into my house. And what was made will be stashed away for another day. I have less stuff and more money that I did yesterday. And I can live with that.