Let’s talk charity: you’ll never become poor by giving. You’ll become richer

We recently celebrated Mandela’s birthday by spending 67 minutes of our time giving back. Can you remember how good you felt? Now imagine how blow-your-mind-amazing you’ll feel if you made helping people, animals, the planet your hobby. Sure, it’s easy to toss 5 bucks to the guy watching your car and think that’s charity, but giving back isn’t about giving away cash and stuff. Why? Because your time and effort are the greatest gifts you can give.

Pay it forward

Maybe you’re great with kids. So why not get involved at Hotel Hope? Maybe organisation is your thing. Then volunteering at The Homestead would be great. Take your skills, your passions – whatever you’ve learnt in life, and use them to help others. Charity is often confused with spending cash. And yeah, you can if you want to, but there are other ways you can give too. All it takes is a few hours a month to make a world of a difference in someone’s life.

 

Be the change

As a business that deals with dough, we often talk about saving. When you save, you’re growing something, but saving and growing isn’t limited to money (and trees). By getting behind NGOs that help communities, like Gift of the Givers, you’re helping to grow a better future for everyone. It takes time and constant compassion to see the effects of giving back, but as Tata once said, “It is in your hands, to make a better world for all who live in it.”

 
 

Invest your time

A couple of weeks ago, our team cleaned up an orphanage. We left dirty and tired, but with larger-than-life smiles. Afterwards, we all felt this overwhelming wave to keep helping and we realised the importance of keeping that spark alive. Nurture it, give of yourself and leave a lasting impact.

Money Goals: Yay for goals you’ll want to keep

It may be halfway through the year, but there’s still time to get your resolutions back on track. Never made any resolutions? No sweat, you can start now. And to help you make goals you’ll stick to, we’ve put together a little list.

Save up for a happy day

You’ve heard it before: set some money aside for a rainy day, but what about saving up for a sunny day instead? It’s much easier to put cash aside when you have something exciting to save up for. It could be a weekend away, those killer heels you’ve been eyeing or December vacay money. Once you’ve nailed being able to save for the fun stuff, stashing cash for the serious stuff is easy. You know, just in case.

 

Become a smart spender

Telling you not to spend your money is just silly. You’ve gotta eat don’t you? 😉 The trick is to get a little something back when you spend. Use your credit card at rewards partners or swipe your loyalty card. Go crazy. Try to spend at places where you’ll get the best bang for your buck. Use Virgin Money Spot to pay at stores and you’ll get cash back with every purchase.

 
 

Get onboard with a side hustle

What’s a side hustle? Glad you asked. You’ve got your normal 9-5 job, but your side hustle is something extra you do to make a bit more money. It seems to be the new buzz-word and millennials have learnt how to make it work for them. It’s easy enough. Find something you love, or you’re good at, and get people to pay you for it.

Love cooking? Sell ready-made dinners.

Secret hoarder? Sell your stuff online.

Love animals? Become a dog walker.

 

Got it? Good.