Queen of free: Balance generosity with your budget

I love making a difference in the world. I love supporting 5Ks and giving to charities and buying candy bars for the band and giving gifts to the people I love the most.

I want to encourage those who have an impact on the lives of my children and say “thank you” beyond using words. But when it comes down to it, I can’t give to every opportunity and fundraiser. I can’t always pick up the tab or buy an extravagant gift. I’d be absolutely broke and able to make no difference at all if I said yes every single time.

Staying on budget and being generous don’t have to be sworn enemies, though. It might mean that you change your lens on how you give and what you give. Especially if you’re in the process of paying off debt, you need to be incredibly intentional to not let your generous spirit stretch your finances to the point of borrowing. A gift made with dollars that aren’t yours are not a blessing to you or the lives you’re attempting to impact.

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