5 Foundations of Personal Finance, #4: Give Generously

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Be disciplined with yourself and generous with others.

Our things don’t last. When we share something, it takes on a greater significance. You get to impact other people’s lives when you give what you have.

It’s not just the stuff, or the dollar… it’s the idea that someone cared, someone noticed, someone sacrificed for them.

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  1. We love the feeling we get from giving to someone who is in need, whether it be material items, money, or our time.

    Therefore, we rarely ever sell anything, even if it’s in good shape and has potential for us to make money selling it. We try to find someone who can use the item and give it to them.

    I have learned that giving not only blesses the person who is receiving the gift, but also the person who is giving the gift, as long as it is given with a cheerful heart.

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  2. So true. Thanks for reminding me.

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  3. I am a big fan of entities like Freecycle, where individuals exchange items vs. Goodwill or Salvation Army where you drop off a bunch of stuff that someone eventually has to pay for. It’s nice to see the item go to an actual person who is very excited to have it! It cuts out the middleman and humanizes the giving experience.

    Juliet´s last blog post..Irredeemable

  4. This one is very true! I have also found that when I give to others I have much more abundance in my own life, like I am opening up for others to give to me also (but not really expecting it). Does that make sense? I just think giving to others helps me trust that others will help me too, when I need it.

    Taylor at Household Management 101´s last blog post..Apr 13, Laundry Care Label: Decode Yours Easily And Accurately

  5. This is very true! I think tithing is the simplest way to keep this generous spirit in my family. It opens our hearts to continue giving outside the church.

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  6. I completely agree! Most things are better when shared. I love how you get this point across in only 5 sentences! Well done.

    Sherri (Serene Journey)´s last blog post..How You Can Become A Catalyst For Change

  7. Last week, grass fires swept across the state of Oklahoma. I was made aware of a family that lost everything when their house burnt to the ground. They have a twelve month old daughter and I have a surplus of little girls clothes. I gathered up everything my youngest wore last summer and took it to be delivered to this family. As I was packing it up, I felt a twinge of “what if WE need these clothes someday?” but that was just a fleeting thought. I would much, much rather share generously with a family devastated by loss than comfort myself with hoards of clothes “just in case.”

    This is a beautiful and powerful reminder, Rachel. Thank you.

    Megan@SortaCrunchy´s last blog post..As He Leads Us: On Marriage and S-E-X

  8. V. Higgins says:

    This is so true. Just noticing someone can make such a difference. Even little things like sending a card to a friend who’s ill. We know a family that has had a couple illnesses in their family over the last couple months and just dropping by with flowers and a card for the mom, tea, honey and a coloring book for the daughter meant so much to them. Even just giving your time and showing someone you care can completely change someone’s day.

  9. Wow, Rachel. I kinda accidentally fell off the face of the Earth so I haven’t been to your site in awhile…look at you go!! I remember when your blog was tiny! Congratulations. You totally deserve it!

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  10. That is so great. I 100% agree.