Even though many of us are on a very tight budget this year, we still want to do some good when it comes to our local community. These past years have been tough on many businesses in the local area and the results are there for all to see. Many small businesses have closed down due to customers using superstores and online shopping, and this has been heartbreaking to see. Then we have this ongoing global pandemic that has been very damaging to business worldwide as well.
So here are five ways you can help out your local community when on a budget:
#1 Volunteer for Good Causes
Volunteering to help out at events and fundraisers in your area can be a great way to support charities such as the Red Cross as well as local good causes without needing to spend too much money. You can help those organizations by donating items, choosing to donate money, or by just turning up and helping the event run more smoothly.
This can be a great way to interact with your community too, especially if you haven’t had the chance to be around much during the pandemic.
#2 Donate to Thrift Shops
Support sustainable and affordable fashion while helping out your local thrift store. If you have clothes that you don’t want or don’t suit your style anymore, you can help others and give them to a shop to help those in your area get new clothing without spending a lot of money.
This kind of thing is really helpful for all kinds of communities and it won’t cost you a thing.
#3 Help Out Those in Need
Do some pet sitting for those that are essential workers in your area, or help walk dogs that belong to those that are vulnerable or disabled. These kinds of things can be very beneficial to all parties involved and are great ways of helping out your community without needing to spend much at all—if anything.
#4 Pick Up Trash You See Around Your Town
Pick up any trash or litter you see around your town. This can be a really easy way to keep your local environment looking nice and help people more notice the nature around town rather than the empty chip packet stuck in a tree.
It can also have a positive effect on the other people who live in your local area. The general idea is: if they see you picking up litter, they are probably going to do the same. It’s a cost-free way of making the place you live a little bit better for everybody.
#5 Be More Economical When it Comes to Using Your Car
Let’s face it: gas costs a lot of money. So if you can walk, you probably should. Not only are you saving money, but you are also helping the environment and you’re getting fitter as you go.
This can be a good habit to get into as well. Or, you could do all of your trips in one, which saves you having to go to and fro.