• Sponsor a family by filling their pantry with your extras.
  • Contribute food to a local church or food bank.
  • Help support overseas ministries.
  • Give Angel Tree gifts at Christmas.
  • Fill an Operation Christmas Child box.
  • Participate in Toys for Tots.
  • Provide for men and women at area shelters.
  • Contribute to friends who are adopting orphans.
  • Sponsor people on mission trips.
  • Buy postage to send expired coupons to military families overseas.

Some of the items above we live out and many are ideas I have gotten from readers. Specifically, end-of-season sales bring great prices on everything from clothing to toys. Use these sales as opportunities to stock up on gifts for Angel Tree, Operation Christmas Child boxes, and Toys for Tots events. If you play the drugstore games, which frequently garner you free or inexpensive toiletries and cleaning items, use them to fill gift baskets for nursing homes, shelters, orphanages, or missionaries.

Generous with Your Talents

What have you been gifted with? What talents do you have? Can you play an instrument or sing? Are you good at accounting? Do you own a business that provides a valuable service? Are you an excellent couponer or a wonderful cook? There are many ways to give of your talents and many who can benefit from them.

Take your talents and give them back to God. I encourage you to ask Him what He’d have you do with what He gave you. How could you use your God-given gifts to give back to others? I don’t believe God gives us talents for ourselves. I believe he gives them to us so we can serve others and show them the love of Christ. After all, that is our job here on earth, right? It’s all about keeping it in perspective.

It is more blessed to give than to receive. Acts 20:35

Excerpted from the soon-to-be-released book Saving Savvy: Smart and Easy Ways to Cut Your Spending in Half and Raise Your Standard of Living ... and Giving!  (September 2011, Worthy Publishing).

Kelly Hancock left a successful career in the corporate world to stay at home and raise a family. In the process of adjusting to a radical drop in household income, she discovered a treasure trove of secrets and strategies for saving money, buying smart and experiencing the joy of giving. She began a blog - FaithfulProvisions.com - that became wildly popular, receiving thousands of visitors each week. Kelly is now a frequent guest on radio and television programs. She and her husband, Bradford, have two children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.