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Just keep your mind and heart open for opportunities. They're all over the place...

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Recession Mama: Things are tough all over. If you think you've got it rough, take a minute and consider how lucky you really are. Now realize you have a responsibility to help those less fortunate.

This doesn't mean signing away your life savings. Try these ways to help that won't break the bank:

• Know those "buy one, get one free" or "free ____ with purchase" deals at the supermarket? Put aside the free whatever, and when you have a shopping bag full, drop it off at a food bank.

• I have three kids and am often buying three of some little thing for them -- socks, fun underwear, a sports water bottle, or a book on clearance somewhere. Well, all year, I just pretend I have four kids and buy one more. Before Christmas, I drop off a basket of that stuff at a local shelter for women with children.

• Before school starts, Staples, Office Depot, and Rite-Aid all have a ton of deals on school supplies. I've picked up two pocket folders free with instant rebate, pencil boxes and crayons for a nickel, and notebooks for a dime. For a couple of bucks, you could change the first day of school for a dozen kids.

• And don't forget the best gift of all -- time.

It's easy. Just keep your mind and heart open for opportunities. They're all over the place...

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Barb July 31, 2009, 1:45 PM

I love these tips. My family does what we can to help others, but this is a great reminder that giving doesn’t have to be hard. Thanks for the ideas!

mjoffen August 10, 2009, 5:18 PM

An amazing way to help: loan US $ as little as $25 to entrepreneurs - many are single moms - in 3rd world. They pay you back, then do it again!

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