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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

A Time to Give: The Penny Experiment

Welcome back to A Time to Give, my weekly feature where we share ways to give, ways to share, ways to be generous. If this is your first time stopping by, welcome! You can read the original A Time to Give post HERE. In a nutshell, I started this feature as a way for us to inspire each other to be even more generous. I tend to get wrapped up in finding great deals, and I don't want to lose sight of one of the reasons we live frugally... to be able to give more. Each week I'll share a giving idea of mine, and you share a giving idea of yours.

Most of us don't think much of a penny on the ground. We might pick it up... We may walk on by. On November 24, 2009, Jeffrey Strain found a 1968 penny on the sidewalk and began to wonder how much good one person could do with one penny. He began a journey to turn one penny into $1,000,000 of food for local food banks. The Penny Experiment was born.

Jeffrey has since sold the 1968 penny for $10, which he exchanged for 1000 pennies. 100 of those pennies were given to artists who created works of art with their pennies. Those works of art were sold, and Jeffrey has raised $1,000 of his $1,000,000.

Now he is asking for our help. Jeffrey is looking for frugal bloggers to help stretch his $1,000 as far as possible. If you're a blogger, you can sign up to help HERE. Then you will be added to the blogger shoppers list on the Penny Experiment website. You buy food for free or almost-free, post your findings on your blog site, and get reimbursed for the out-of-pocket expense. Then you get to donate the food you purchased to your local food bank. This is a very new project, and so far bloggers have purchased $102.41-worth of food for $3.89.

This is an incredibly creative way to help food banks across the country! I hope that you'll consider getting involved!

Now it's your turn to share your ideas for sharing, giving, and being generous. Note: If you are reading this post via an email subscription or a blog reader, you'll need to click the title of the post in order to see the links left by others.

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.