Something we will always make room for in our budget – charity

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This weekend we were able to attend an amazing fundraising event in a nearby city. The event was put on by a family and a committee who provide funding for kids to join sports and other activities. They created the event and the fund in memory of the family’s young son who passed in a drowning accident while on vacation. This family took a horrible tragedy and created something so beautiful and amazing, and I am in awe of them every time I think of them. In 9 years they have raised over $192,000 and placed over 300 children in activities. How could you not be amazed by this?!

While The Banker and I are constantly striving to save money and pay our debts down quickly, we will never ignore charity. We think it is important to support causes that are close to us and help those in our community. We may not be able to give as much as we would like right now, but we donate what we can and do everything we can to support and raise awareness.

It can be difficult to decide how much of your budget should go towards charity, but we tend to donate $25-$50 a month. Sometimes we are able to give more, and other times we may not be able to make it work. We tend to focus on charities that are close to us and have effected our families – The Canadian Cancer Society, The Canadian Breast Cancer Society, The MS Society, Autism Ontario to name a few – but that doesn’t mean we aren’t open to donating to other causes either. While most of these are large charities that may be controversial in their distribution of funds, they have helped loved ones and so we choose to continue to support. What charities do you support and how do you decide how much to give?

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