Saving and Giving has moved to! I hope that you'll all join me over at Saving & Giving's new home. I'm planning some fun giveaways to kick things off. I'm still working on the site, and I'd love to hear your input. Let me know which features you want me to keep. You can email me at If you're currently an email subscriber, you shouldn't see any change in your daily email newsletter. I switched the feed over so that you should continue to receive your daily updates.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Time to Give - August 13

Welcome to A Time to Give, my new weekly Thursday link-up where you can share ways to be generous. As you can tell from my blog's title, Saving and Giving, I love finding good deals! Part of the reason we live frugally is to be able to give generously. Some of my favorite giving stories include donating personal care items to a friend who lost her home to a fire, sending shoeboxes to other countries through Operation Christmas Child, and taking baked goods to my neighbors.

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in saving money that we lose sight of those around us who could use a helping hand. Times are tough for a lot of people right now. It's a great time to step up and lend a hand, even if it's simply through sharing something you already have. Being a giver doesn't have to involve writing a big check or delivering an elaborately-wrapped plate of cookies. Cultivating a giving spirit means that we keep our eyes open to everyday needs around us.

This is where you come in.

You can participate in a couple of ways. If you're a blogger, write a post about a way that you've been able to give. It can be something simple or something out-of-the-ordinary that you did. It can be something from this week or from last year. Don't think of it as bragging... It's a way to encourage others to take action and be more generous! A few guidelines for bloggers:
  • Please add a link to Saving and Giving so that your readers can find everyone's ideas all in one place.

  • Make sure the link that you add here takes people directly to your A Time to Give post, not the main page of your blog. To do that, publish your post, view your blog, right click on the title, and copy the shortcut. Then paste that shortcut in as your URL here.

  • Bloggers who link to other posts or their main pages will have their links removed. This eliminates confusion for others who are looking for ideas on how to give.

  • Please do not link to giveaways, contests, or ads.

  • Feel free to use the image above in your post. It's not mandatory, but you're welcome to it!

If you're not a blogger, you can participate too! Simply click the comments link below this post, and leave your ideas there. I would love to hear from you!

If you have any questions about A Time to Give, please feel free to contact me at I look forward to being inspired by your ideas on giving! And stop back each Thursday for a new edition of A Time to Give.


mommy2austin said...

what a wonderful site!!! can't wait to follow it & read more to come.

I've recently sent 2 boxes to the troops thru It is an awesome site where our service men & women can sign up to receive a variety of items from strangers from home. be careful the site is addicting ;)

Andrea @ The Train to Crazy said...

What a great idea!

Melinda said...

What a great idea!

I recently donated money to a fundraiser for a little girl that has Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy. They are raising money for a surgery that will greatly improve her quality of life.