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Giving percentage down.

January 3rd, 2011 at 02:22 pm

Happy New Year to all.

The only major change in my January 2011 budget is a drop in my Giving from 10% to 6.9%. I feel kinda bad about this but still 6.9% is not bad.

I made this decision as my non-food spending per month budget was running at about 200 per month while my Giving budget was running at 180 per month. So I felt too squeezed and I didn't want to decrease my monthly savings contributions.

I feel like I have gone to Confession to confess a Sin ! lol Catholic guilt and all ! :-)

11 Responses to “Giving percentage down.”

  1. momcents Says:


    "Your sins are forgiven, go forth and sin no more!"

    Wink From a fellow Catholic ... All I can say is you are an inspiration for embracing charity/giving as much as you do.

  2. Homebody Says:

    Another Catholic here who believes we should do as much as we can and also not feel guilty when we see others doing more, but then I was not raised Catholic.... so I don't have as much guilt as some of you..haha!

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    I have Catholic guilt, too! In light of my squeezed budget, we're trying a new approach to charity this year-- couponing to get free or inexpensive things that the family shelter needs. And, please read How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist. There are hundreds of ideas for ways you can give without spending any or a lot of money. It will make you feel better and give you a game plan.

  4. MonkeyMama Says:

    It must be easier to be a non-Catholic then! Big Grin I much prefer to give of my time. We give well more than 10% of our income, in time.

    Financially, we give where we see a need. I feel both these approaches are far more rewarding than sending a set percentage every month or year. I only gave 1% of my income this year in cash, but we might have gotten 100+ "Thank you for your time/help/genorsity" this year.

    When my spouse returns to work and we have less time to spare, I am sure we may want to fill that area in our life with more cash giving, but I don't think it will be quite so rewarding. I guess will see!

  5. Apprentice Bliss Hunter Says:

    Good points... volunteering with my time would be great. Will have to try to find something I'm good at or that I enjoy because I don't want to be a Martyr about it - I want to do it with love and even fun.

    Also... I used to contribute to a charity that got a lot of criticism for abandoning a volunteer of theirs that was kidnapped in Africa. Maybe these big international charities are not paragons of virtue after all. You also have the whole debate of how much of your gift actually goes to the people in need as opposed to "Administration" or salaries for the Charity's management.

    Giving one to one maybe a better more fulfilling route.

    Thanks for the replies guys ! That book about everyday philantropy seems interesting :-)

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    I'm always kind of saddened by people giving to the big international charities while some of the same problems are in our own community.

    What is that quote - Charity begins at home? More my own philosophy. (Maybe it's a bit selfish too. We reap the benefits when we give support to the needs in our own community).

  7. MonkeyMama Says:

    P.S. Like work - I think it is important to do your volunteering in areas that you like and are passionate about. Life is too short to do otherwise!

  8. Homebody Says:

    We mostly do local stuff here in Humboldt. Plenty of need here. I do occasionally donate to SPCA though and DH does a monthly contribution to.... oh crap what is that Children's Hospital that Danny Thomas helped start.... I swear my mind is going....

  9. momcents Says:


    St. Judes is the hospital. And I was quite delighted to find Sock Money animals at Sam's Club that gave a portion of the proceeds to St. Judes. And my girls said they liked the monkeys more because they were "helpful" gifts. DH and I donate our "times and talents" to our parish on a heavy basis. My oldest daughter needed 15 hours for the year in service hours (7.5 hours per semester). Thankfully she and her bff like to volunteer and they both had 17 hours for the first semester. I think donating your time is a great donation, too!

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  11. Jerry Says:

    If you consider the fact that so many people give absolutely nothing, you really have nothing to apologize for! In fact, I think it is great that you allow your generous spirit to lead you to regular giving like this. It's inspiring, and it offers you some insurance that your money is making a difference. Thanks for putting it out there!
    Jerry

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