School and church fundraisers. Donation requests at every grocery store checkout line. Facebook and Twitter friends asking for support for their fundraising efforts. Tip jars at deli counters. Girl Scout cookie drives.
The pleas for my money never seem to end. And because it’s $1 here, $10 there, I’m a sucker for helping out.
I used to give to everything until I realized it was bleeding me dry.
Alright, maybe I’m exaggerating just a tad, but there have been weeks where it seems anything extra that
I could be putting in my savings account or throwing toward a debt that needs to be paid ends up going toward a charitable endeavor.
Yes, these are good causes and all, but just as in other areas of spending, I’ve had to make up a few rules for myself.
That way, I can still fit goodwill into my budget, but also learn how to say no without feeling guilty when I reach my limit.
I just say ‘no’ at the checkout counter.
Whether it’s the grocery store, a department store, or the dollar store, every clerk during just about every transaction asks if I want to donate to a children’s hospital, cancer research, Autism awareness… the list goes on and on.
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