Christmas is coming! And with it, the season of giving! But between your Christmas list, big family meals, and trips to visit far-flung relatives it can also be a season of budgeting and stretching every dollar. You want to give generously, but sometimes it seems impossible to balance generosity with family obligations. Pretty soon what should be a season of joy becomes a season of overwhelming stress.

Don’t stress! We’ve got you covered with our list of top five ways to give more without spending more!

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1. Amazon Smile

Let’s be honest – we’re all spending a lot of time shopping on Amazon right now. Probably too much time. But did you know you can put all those Amazon purchases to a good cause? Simply start your Amazon shopping spree at Smile.Amazon.com instead of Amazon.com. You will get the same online shopping experience, but when you make a purchase, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the charity of your choice! To get started, visit here. Help us out by selecting Childcare Worldwide as your designated charity.

2. Matching Gifts

Does your employer have a matching gifts program? Many large employers offer this as a benefit for their staff – they will match your gifts, up to a certain amount, and many will let you give to the charity of your choice! Employers like Microsoft, Boeing, American Express, General Electric and more all have great matching gift programs. If you’re not sure if you company has a donation matching plan, check with your HR manager. It can’t hurt to ask!

3. In Honor Gifts

Give for good! As you think through your Christmas shopping list, consider in-honor giving as an option. Through our Gift Catalog, you can donate an item to a family in need in honor of someone on your Christmas list. Your honoree will receive a special magnet and card notifying them of the difference being made in their name…and that’s something you can both feel good about! Visit our catalog today to pick the perfect gift.

4. Planned Giving

Annuities. Trusts. Tax benefits. IRA Charitable Rollovers. There are endless ways to put your money to work – both for you and your family, and for the charities of your choice. There are even options that will save you money today. But with all the complicated tax codes and legal rules, it’s difficult to know where to start. That’s why we partner with the Barnabas Foundation, to help you make the best choices possible. The Barnabas Foundation is a team of Christian financial experts who can help you navigate the world of planned giving. And the best part is that there’s no cost – and no obligation – to you! Let us know if you’d like us to help you get in touch with them today. You never know the savings and giving opportunities they might find for you.

5. Volunteer!

Do you have an hour or two to spare? Especially during this time of year, nonprofits are busy, and would love to have an extra pair of hands to share the load! If you live in the Bellingham area and want to help out – give us a call (360-647-2283)! We have cards to write, envelopes to stuff and more. We’d truly appreciate an hour or two of your time. Even if you’re not in Bellingham there are hundreds of organizations with volunteer opportunities which would love to have your assistance. Check with your local community foundations – they’re sure to have ideas!

So there you have it. Five great ways to give without breaking the bank. Have you tried any of these giving opportunities? Did we miss any good ideas? Let us know in the comments!