Being Charitable While Broke – Possible or Not?

is it possible to be charitable while broke

A very nice reader referred my to this cool site called Instead.

The idea is that you choose to forgo something small like a coffee, a movie, take-out food, or something else entirely that you get to pick yourself. Then, you pick a non-profit to donate that money that you would’ve spend on the coffee or movie.

I like how this site makes giving to others so attainable, and so doable.


Do you know of similar sites? Do you give to charities when you’re broke (or when you’re feeling broke)? Do you do other things to make up for not giving monetarily? If so, I’d love to hear about it.

It's time to CRUSH that debt!


Sign up for free updates that will get you feeling like a champ when you check your bank account.

You have successfully subscribed to updates! Thanks and happy saving!


7 thoughts on “Being Charitable While Broke – Possible or Not?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. Cheryl

    I've found that volunteering some my time each week has become very important to me. I love animals and spend a few hours on either Saturday or Sunday grooming, socializing and doing light cleaning at a local no-kill shelter and adoption center. The animals benefit greatly from the kindness and interaction, and I feel like I can give something valuable to another living thing in need without compromising my debt pay-off plan. In the coming years when the debt is gone, I can contribute monetarily to causes close to my heart as well, but for now, sharing time and attention is working perfectly.

  2. LifeInTransition

    I've heard of the concept but I never heard about the website. My church emphasizes generosity no matter how rich or poor you are. Since it's in a low income neighborhood and a lot of broke college students attend, they created an infographic about how much you give a year if you give up 1 coffee or give up one fast food meal per week etc. Those $3 lattes add up.

    I think charitable giving is something everyone should do no matter the income. My parents always said that if you use being poor as an excuse to not save or give, then what makes you think you are going to do so when you are rich?

  3. Jenna-Michelle

    I love DOING something. Living on the cheap doesn't always leave much room for activities or events, so getting out and volunteering lets me give something charitable while getting out of the house. There's a soup kitchen nearby that usually needs help peeling potatoes, etc. in the morning from time to time or just greeting people as they come in. There's also animal welfare groups looking for people to help out at adoption drives. You can find almost any nonprofit with similar interests as yours on Facebook. In addition to getting out and doing some good, you also get to hang out with a ton of like-minded people!

  4. AnnaPapa

    Giving back is sooooo good for the soul and I love doing it as much as possible. However, with my husband out of work for 6 months a couple of years ago and 2 surgeries last year, we are climbing out of a hole. I found couponing last year to help with saving money and having more for us. It also led us to be able to donate more to our church and local organizations. We have been able to get many everyday items for $1.00 or less and sometimes even FREE!! We are far from extreme couponers, but it is nice to bring those donations to those in need!

  5. Bridget

    I've recently made room in my budget to allow being charitable even when I'm broke. It's made a huge difference to me, I really love it. I can't wait until my student loans are paid off and I can give more.

  6. Jenna

    Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” Matthew 19:21

  7. Frugal Millennial

    Very neat idea for a site! I don’t spend money on coffee, movies, or any kind of entertainment (all of my money goes to student loans), so that doesn’t really work for me right now. When my student loans are paid off in three years, I plan to start giving. Since I will be debt-free, I will have much more to give.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *