Helping people out. Whether you do it by giving time or money, it's sure to bring a smile to the face of the person you help ... not to mention your own.
Straight from the My Total Money Makeover community forums, here are stories from some of our members who did that little extra something to bring a lot of good cheer to others.
Just remember, you don't have to wait until Christmas to do something nice for someone. Make it a regular thing in 2012!
Here's a Tip
I left a $20 tip to our server at Cracker Barrel. The lady at the register looked at it for a few seconds and was getting ready to ask if it was correct until I told her it was. It was great! –Steven in North Carolina
Have a Frosty!
We had some coupon books for free Wendy’s Frostys, so we went to lunch there. A family with four kids was sitting near us, and I saw the dad pull four $1 bills out of his wallet. I just knew they were for Frostys. So I nudged my husband and handed him some coupons, he went over and gave them to the family. They were so appreciative! They thanked us up and down and wished us a Merry Christmas.
A very small gesture, but it felt nice! –Tracy in New Jersey
On the Same Page
We gave away a chair on Freecycle.com, and the people that got it didn't know if they could fit it in their car. We were heading to town and offered to drop it off. Before we left, I felt like we should take some extra cash with us. When I came downstairs, my husband said the same thing! We figured that was some good guidance, so we took $100 with us–extra from our Christmas budget..
We ended up giving the mom $80 and the 19-year-old son $20 (to buy something for Mom). They were sweet as anything and very grateful! – Marti in Maryland
Two years ago we bought gifts for a local woman whose husband had been accidentally killed earlier in the year. The family had EIGHT children all under the age of 15!
We filled up a HUGE plastic storage container with lots and lots of wrapped gifts for all nine of them, including toys, games, clothes, fresh fruit, candy and some extra money for mom! We waited until it was about time for the children to go to bed, then we quietly pulled down their driveway and carefully unloaded their goodies onto their porch.
We did it anonymously ... and I cried with tears of sheer joy and gratitude! –Laura in Iowa
Now it's time for you to make some memories of your own. Get to giving this month and enjoy!
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