With a minimum of effort, you can make a person's day while you save them a bit of money.Even when money is tight, you can do small things that can help out others with little cost or time on your part. Best of all, these are usually viewed by the recipient as a lucky and unexpected prize. Here are a few steps you can take:
For those who are too shy to drop-shop coupons at stores or who often throw away expired coupons, you can still make them useful. Although this will cost a little money in stamps to send a package overseas, military families can use these coupons. Military families living overseas have far fewer opportunities to collect coupons for the food that they eat and often have a difficult time getting coupons at all. Most military stores overseas accept coupons including expired coupons, meaning that coupons you won't use or ones that have expired still can have a life. The overseas coupon program keeps a list of military bases looking for expired coupons.
Instead, consider leaving it in a public area where others interested can pick it up and read. They can be left in waiting rooms, park benches, on public transportation or any other area with heavy foot traffic where they're sure to be found and appreciated. The same can be done with books. If you finish a book that you know you will not read again, instead of keeping it on your bookshelf, consider leaving it somewhere for others to read. Web sites such as Book Crossing encourage you to leave books in public places so that others can find them and you can even track the book's journey as it is passed on from person to person. By providing these reading materials for free, people can indulge without it making a dent in their budget.