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Hi all, and welcome to my first post on Living with Love and Cents. I’m a transplanted New Englander, and my husband and I are raising our children, Alex (7) and Harper (4) in Destin Florida. We also have a recent college graduate, Shane’s daughter Jennings, living with us before she starts graduate school. My current generosity struggle is teaching my children about gratitude and that there isn’t always “more”. I’m hoping that in this space, I can explore ways to increase awareness about gerenroisity and what that really means...

 Today, I will be focusing on giving to Charities, while on a budget. Charities are struggling to accommodate all the people in need, because the need is so great. But with finances and the economy the way they are, many people are deterred from giving because honestly, they need to take care of their family first. There can be ways to do both, plus, if you have children, this is an amazing opportunity to show compassion for others, even when you have little yourself. Volunteering: Many people do not have time to volunteer. Some...

Earlier this month I told you that our family is participating in the Making the Switch Challenge. Please read the post explaining Jennie-O Champions For Kids partnership to help people make the switch for the good.  Also you can see my Jennie-O shopping experience on Google Plus.My children and I each gave up something: juice packs, chips and McDonalds breakfasts. We have maintained this switch throughout the month on May. In this time we have been able to deliver more packages of Jennie-O healthy foods to families in need. Giving...

With childhood obesity affecting an alarming number of children in the US, 12.5 million, and parents are looking for ways to provide their children with the healthiest meals possible. To support their efforts, Jennie-O and Champions for Kids have teamed up for the CFK May SIMPLE Service Project: Make The Switch Challenge! This challenge is all about identifying a unhealthy item in your family’s diet and switching it out for a healthier option then using your savings to make a healthy donation to kids in need!How it works: Gather your...

Yesterday, while out running errands, I saw sign at different places asking for volunteers. Largo Park, the library, and I know our Elementary School is always in need of volunteers for their various events and projects.Do you give your time?I am not talking about the mandatory concession stand time during little league, football or sports.Photo Credit: Seminole County Fl Gov WebsiteI mean, out of your comfort zone kind of volunteering. ...

Giving, with rewardsAh, Rewards.. Well, giving of itself is a reward. But I’m, talking about different kinds of rewards today..Some of us collect points, codes, make purchases where a % goes to a charity or school.That’s today’s giving topic.Have picked up a Target Red Card and noticed that they say a % goes to a school of your choice? All you have to do is log on to your account and designate a school. My son’s Elementary school benefits when I use my Target Card. I cannot always afford to donate during...

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