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Nov 26

Black Friday or Blessing Friday?

Posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 in Uncategorized

Thanksgiving weekend is a time when millions spend lots of time and money shopping.
Best Buy & Kohl’s, Target & Home Depot, the stores and malls will be filled.
I must admit I’m a little jealous.

Instead of spending money we gave money
We avoided the Black Friday shopping spree.
Instead we expressed our “thanks” by giving away our undesignated charity fund.

Less stress. More peace.
Less crowds. More fun.
Less stuff. More freedom.

Last year I wrote in a post entitled “Got Money Stress?” that budgeting discipline learned through Dave Ramsey principles had improved our financial situation despite the economy.

The economy hit us hard. At TreeHouse we took a cut a 10% cut in pay, and Amy’s hours were reduced.

So many families have struggled more than us. It’s been hard, but we are thankful for what we have!

Each month we set aside money for our regular charities and causes including TreeHouse. We also set aside money each month for other charities, causes and people in need.

Today we’re thankful that we have enough to share with others who have less than we do.

– We gave Edson, a Ugandan married father of two, the rest of his start-up loan to he can begin his wholesale store
– We bought a couple of mosquito nets to reduce malaria

– We helped a Bolivian woman and her daughters to finance their bakery

– We provided supplies for Pakistanis dislocated by the floods

– We bought food for six children to eat for a month

– We provided
clean water bought water filters for people to drink their otherwise contaminated water supply
– We bought supplies to equip an underfunded local doctor in the third world

– We gave a small gift to a family for travel costs to see distant relatives
– We bought medicine, a goat, a couple of chickens, four rabbits and clothing

– We gave money so that Aids orphans will have more hope

– We helped provide food and shelter for some homeless Minnesotans
– We helped others pay for a freshwater well for a village without one

What causes are you passionate about?
Where do you give your gifts and charitable donations?
Wish you could? I think Dave Ramsey’s principles can help you too.
Leave a comment or send me an email I’d love to hear from you!

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  1. Way to go Scott! Sounds much better than fighting over toys at Fleet Farm and scrambling for hard drives or 100 packs of DVD-R’s at Best Buy.

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