Becoming Debt Free in 2009

October 21, 2008

Giving While Becoming Debt Free

Filed under: Giving — ambercouric @ 9:28 am

I have been reading lots of blog that have addressed the issue of giving to local organizations like food banks. We have three main areas where we give – 1) Food Pantry 2) Animal Shelter and 3) Kiva.

The animal shelter requests a certain brand of food so that is easy. Kiva gets $25 a month and usually my son and I sit down and go through all of the loans. He has a real heart for goat farmers so usually the money goes to a farmer. But the food pantry is a little different. I have always been of the mindset that if I give food it should be something I would eat or buy for my family. I have severe allergies so I usually purchase higher priced items that don’t contain soy or corn.

We recently upped our budget for the food pantry and my son suggested we go to Aldi so we could get more for our money. At first I thought that seemed “cheap”. But I can buy 3-4 times more food at Aldi than I could at our usual store. Although I do try to buy items that are on sale at our regular store, I am sure I could stretch the dollars a little farther at Aldi.

What do you think?



  1. Well you found my blog, so I had to take a look at yours. I love the setup, very classy. And the fact that we both are starting this within a few weeks of each other, makes us debt partners in crime.

    I didn’t have the guts to put my amounts on the site (they are a little higher than yours). So I commend you for that brave move.

    I love that you donate to animal shelters. You are a woman of my own heart.

    Comment by cheryl — October 21, 2008 @ 1:49 pm

  2. Kiva! i’ve been hearing a lot about that lately, maybe it’s a sign? i think that’s a wonderful thing you and your son do together 🙂

    Comment by budgets are sexy — October 22, 2008 @ 7:42 pm

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