Creative Ways to Give

without taking a second job

Many people hear a phrase like "Not Equal Giving but Equal Sacrifice" and, "If they only knew how little money I have," or "I'm giving all I can, I can't give anymore,“ or "I'm single, going to school, I'm in debt up to my ears, I can't give much," or "I'm a single parent and I can barely feed my kids, there's no way I can give to Greater Things." Believe me, we understand the concerns and empathize with you. That is why we have come up with a list of creative ways to give that you may have overlooked. Each one requires sacrifice on your part, but like King David said, "I will not offer up to the Lord anything that costs me nothing!" You may want to combine one or more of these to represent your commitment, or come up with some of your own!

  1. BE A COUPON-CLIPPER
    Food is probably the largest discretionary expense each month. Taking the time and discipline to do find and use coupons can save $10-$20 per week. Ten dollars a week for three years is $1,560.
     

  2. SKIP ONE MEAL PER WEEK AS A FAMILY
    Replacing one meal each week with prayer or fasting, at an average of $20 per family, is $3,120 over a three-year period.
     

  3. GIVE UP A HABIT
    Easier said than done, of course, but not impossible. For example, an almond latte plus tax each day for three years costs nearly $2,400.
     

  4. COMMIT YOUR TAX REFUND CHECK
    Designate it to Greater Things for the three-year period.
     

  5. COMMIT AN ESTIMATED RAISE IN SALARY
    Designate it to Greater Things for the three-year period.
     

  6. DELAY A DISCRETIONARY MAJOR PURCHASE
    Redirect the money towards Greater Things.
     

  7. ADJUST YOUR VACATIONS
    For one or more of the three years, do something nearby and inexpensive like day hikes or picnics. Or, take a three-day vacation instead of 1-2 weeks and save on the airfare and hotel costs. This can save $1,000 to $2,000, easily.
     

  8. DRINK ONLY WATER AT RESTAURANTS
    One person could save $5 per week or more. That's a minimum of $780, just by drinking water!
     

  9. WAIT FOR A MOVIE TO COME OUT ON DVD OR NETFLIX
    One trip to the movie theater can cost over $30 with popcorn and candy for two people. If you cut out two movies per month, that's almost $2,250 over the three years.
     

  10. CUT YOUR CABLE BILL BY GOING BASIC OR SWITCHING TO STREAMING TV
    Basic cable gets channels 1-13 and is about $12 a month compared to $25+ per month for regular cable. Cutting out Showtime, HBO, or other premium channel can save another $12-25 per month as well.
     

  11. CONTINUE A BILL PAYMENT
    If you will be paying off a car or school loan in the next year, commit to continue to "pay the bill" by redirecting the money to Greater Things after the bill is paid off. A $100 payment per month over three years is $3,600.
     

  12. A DOLLAR INCREASE PER WEEK
    This is a great idea for those who have never given or do not see a way to increase current giving. Start by giving one dollar the first week, then two, then three, etc., praying all along that the Lord would show you a way to add that next dollar and increase each week. If you were to keep this up for three years, you would give $12,000!

These are just a few ideas that can turn a $1,500 commitment into $3,000...or a $3,000 commitment into $5,000...or an $8,000 commitment into $10,000! A little creative thinking and adjustments to our lifestyles can go a long way toward providing an impactful church building for the next generation, in the same way that our current generation sacrificed so that we can worship in the facility we enjoy today.