7 Ways to Give Back Without Spending a Dollar

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With the holidays over, many of us are waiting for our pockets to recover from the various gifts and travel that we gave for friends and family. If you’re like me, you’re waiting for that next paycheck to come and provide some relief. If somebody asked you to give back to them right now, your answer would be a resounding NO!

You would probably say no because you feel that you just don’t have too much to give right now. You’re about to go back to school or work and the stress of the recent splurges weighs on your decision. Many people are not active in extending a hand out to others because they are unaware of all of the ways they can empower, support, and endorse others without spending a dollar. When considering the needs of underprivileged communities, friends, or peers, it is important to consider that everybody needs a team of people around them that all provide something unique.

I challenge you to think about the ways you can give back to the people around you outside of financially and perhaps cut one excuse from your arsenal. 

1) Give somebody just a piece of your time

Time is precious. It cannot be replaced and thus many people are concerned with “wasting time”. I hear it over and over about how some person or group is not “worth my time”. Time is something that many of us feel we are at a shortage of. If you think about your typical day, is there something that could be replaced that you don’t HAVE to do? There may even be plans that can be merged with others in order to “create time”. Recently I started having all of my phone calls while sitting in Atlanta traffic or while I am preparing food, that way I am not losing anything. Think about ways you leak time in your daily life and consider how much it would mean to others to have some of it. Time is one of the best gifts people can offer, we can give so much more in 2017.

2)Motivate somebody “just because’

Have you ever been a step away from quitting, only to have somebody close to you say the perfect thing! Many of us encounter something every day that we must make a decision to take on or leave alone. In 2017, when you think about somebody consider reaching out. Send a text, make a call, or even speak in person to somebody that is embarking on a journey. You should not underestimate the value of motivation. In fact, try to be an asset in somebody else’s life expecting nothing in return. This is a trait that is always appreciated. 

3)Lend Your Expertise

You may be good at something that somebody else isn’t. There are at least 10 people whom I have called or emailed because they were just better at something than I was. Many of the skills and attributes that we have the opportunity to enhance come from others I love when we utilize the resources in our circle to accomplish a goal. All of us have a skill or talent we take pride in. Use this to help somebody around you and build us all up. Steel sharpens steel.

4)Show others Compassion/Love

Probably the hardest one to just “give”, but definitely something that can not have a dollar value put on it. Compassion is one of those things that a lot of people do not know they are looking for, yet it is always appreciated. It is not really easy to “love” other people but showing love and just a general care for other people will make your life so much happier. 

5)Listening Ears are better than words

Yeah, sometimes it sucks to hear people vent or talk only about themselves. I am 100% percent positive that my best friend Damon does not want to hear me talk about my life. You never know what type of things you can learn about somebody else or even yourself by listening. You can think more about your feelings towards the things you’re hearing and less about your response. Listen, then think, then respond. 

6)Share Your Story

RB has hopefully inspired thousands of people this year to tell their story. Blogging and writing is becoming such an integral part of our society because the experiences we have are so vital to our learning as individuals. Share your experiences and in turn, share parts of the learning lessons involved. Of course, if you are in the midst of a journey or project that has presented challenges, you can always submit your story to our team.

7) Show Spirit, even if it’s not the holiday season anymore

All of our “new year, new me” posts typical include some sort of clause about being a more positive or optimistic individual.  Share a smile, share a quick conversation, hell share a Coke. Your upbeat ambiance and good nature will attract people to you and leave those around you happier.

At the end of the day, just adding one of these things to your every day life will not only make a tremendous influence in your own happiness, but also happiness of others. Let us know your thoughts or if you have any other tips!


Kenneth Duncan is the founder of Right Before and a regular contributor. He focuses on the education of financial literacy in underprivileged communities.

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