Watcha Gonna Do with all that Money you Saved?

This week it's National Buy Nothing Day, a special day where we avoid the after Thanksgiving Day sales and purchase absolutely nothing for one whole day. It's like a high-colonic for the soul. You may not want to do it, but you will feel so. much. better.

So what are you going to do with the money you don't spend on November 28th? How about practicing zakat, committing a tzedakah, or considering a little bit of a tithe. You know...give some of it away.

I know, I know. The economy is in the tank, times are tight, and dang it, you just acted all virtuous and passed up all those post-turkey day sales that may (or may not) have saved you some moola. But as Tomato Nation points out:

It's sucky, queasy times like this — times when we feel the most unnerved and powerless to control our worlds — when it's the most important to get everybody pushing in the same direction, if only to remind ourselves that we can make a difference and that goodness exists.

So what do you say? Can we scrap a few bucks together and make sure goodness exists? In the words of our new fearless leader, "Yes we can."

So, here's what I'm thinking, why not take some of the money you would otherwise drop at the mall and make a donation in the name of your loved ones for the holidays? Ima Bima has an annotated list of charitable donations for everyone on your gift list. Got a guy who likes cars? How about a kid who likes to giggle? A gal pal with a sweet tooth? There's a charity here that would make sense to each of them. Check it!

There are a couple of cool group giving projects out in the blogosphere. 101 Cookbooks has a plan to change the world with micro-loans over at one of my favorite charities, Kiva. How does it work?

If you have $25 to loan you can participate - most of the loans I make are in the $25 to $100 range. As the micro-loans are being paid back to me, I can turn around and re-allocate funds to other entrepreneurs. It's great.

Sign up to join the 101 Cookbook team here. Or, if you like things that cluck, moo, and gobble, join Nerds Eye View and other travel writers as they round up some dough for the Heifer Project. Don't have cash to give but you've got product you can donate? The travel blog gals will take that for their Heifer Project raffle. Join the Passports with a Purpose team here.

Here's a need I've never thought of -- slippahs (flip flops) for low income kids in Hawaii. Skeet's Stuff has all the details over Keiki Slippah Wish fund here.  And here's a need I think of every time I pour the water out of the de-humidifier thingy that passes as a dryer in my Copenhagen apartment -- the need for clean water. Donate at Charity Water or The Water Project.

Look, I know times are tough, but if you can even find a dollar in your pocket -- and let's face it, most of us with a computer can do such a thing--then you can help. Doubt it? As My Frugal Porch points out:

The idea of bringing together as many people as possible to donate just $1 seemed a practical way to give with the spirit of the Good Tiding's Season without having the Scrooge attitude!

You can contribute your buck at The One Dollar Give. I mean, really, what else are you going to do this Friday...since you won't be shopping an all. Thanks for giving, and Happy Buy Nothing Day!

Rachelle Mee-Chapman is an alt-minister, mom, and writer blogging at Magpie Girl, and now at  Food Hero. She'll send you helpful links and updates if you follower her on Twitter. Thanks for reading!

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