Guest Post: How Can Millennials Give Back On A Budget

Guest blog post by Valentina Wilson of Best Debt Consolidation. Valentina is based in the USA and her mission is to help people become debt free.

How Millennials give back on a budget _ Guest post from Valentina Wilson of Best Debt Consolidation on

“If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.”

                                                                Booker T. Washington

Yes, it’s true! And therein lies the importance of giving back to the community! This art of giving back and gifting is known as “philanthropy”.

You know what? Spending time enriching your community can expand your perspective about the world! Besides, you can get a unique idea about life by serving people around you. And that’s important for your community too! It helps to eradicate various social problems and increase wellness in society!

In this context, let me tell you, Gen X peeps or millennials are giving back more to the community! Don’t believe me? A 2019 Forbes report shows that millennials in our country are becoming philanthropic. In fact, they are the future of fundraising!

But always remember, don’t do anything by busting your budget! No matter what, you need to stick to your budget for leading a financially stable life! So, here we have listed some of the best possible ways to give back but without busting your budget!

Donate your time

Time is the most valuable thing in our life. It’s one of those things which we can’t get back. You can volunteer in various places like schools, homeless shelters, etc.

Do you need more ideas about where you should volunteer? If yes, check websites like,, etc. You can find various ways to volunteer that suit your age and abilities!

Promote your local businesses

Perhaps, the best way to support your community is to help out businesses in your area. You can support the hard-working farmers by shopping at your local farmers’ market.

To learn more about the markets in your area, check out the local food directories of the USDA (United States Department of Agriculture). Or, you can join a community-supported agriculture program.

Donate to holiday food drives

Well, during the holiday season, you may find many businesses, community centers, schools, etc. organize food drives. Usually, they collect unopened, non-perishable canned and boxed foods for local food banks. So, when you go shopping next time, buying some extra stuff can bring a smile to someone’s face!

Besides, you can volunteer in one of the food banks. You can play an active role in reducing food waste and supporting needy people. So, find the local food banks to donate to and if you want, you can volunteer too!

Join a community garden

A community garden is a piece of land managed by a group of folks. You may find allotment gardens where individuals give their small plots where you can plan what you want and keep your harvest.

In other types of community gardens, a large garden is shared by all members of the group and the harvest is shared equally among them!

This way, you can impart your gardening skills to others and vice versa! You can also help grow fresh produce for the community. You can share the extra produce with the needy in the area.

And guess what? You are growing your own produce and that too with shared tools and supplies. So, undoubtedly, you don’t have to bust your budget for giving back!

Plan a community cleanup

It’s a great way to give back to your community by making it a better place to live! Call on your friends, neighbours, and co-workers to join the cleanup effort.

First, you need to determine a site that needs environmental maintenance. Most likely, publicly accessible areas like beaches, parks, playgrounds, streets, etc. will need a cleanup!

You can ask the volunteers to bring standard cleanup materials like garbage bags, trash pickers, grabbers, heavy-duty gloves, etc. from their house. Doing so, you won’t have to buy the cleanup materials. Thereby, no question of busting your budget!

Donate on your credit card rewards

Do you use a credit card? If so, you might have stacked cashback, miles or other reward points by swiping your credit card.

What if you can donate them to charity?

Yes, you heard it right! To do so, go to your loyalty program’s charity page and log in to your account. You can donate to big non-profits like Red Cross, UNICEF, etc.

Your reward points will be deducted from your balance. You will get a confirmation letter from your loyalty program or the charity.

However, make sure to use your credit cards wisely! Else, you might end up being debt-trapped! By the way, if you are already debt-trapped, you can find some effective ways to consolidate debts and pay off your debts with ease.

Download charitable apps

Millennials are much savvier when it comes to giving back online! You can install charitable apps in your smartphone, like:

Charity Miles: You can donate money to charity for every mile of activity.

Donate a Photo: Do you love to take photos? If yes, you can give it back with that! Send photos to Johnson & Johnson’s (sponsor of the app) website through this app. The company will donate $1 for every photo you send.

So, what are you waiting for? Help and support your community to grow by giving back. And obviously without busting your budget!

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Thank you to Valentina for this fantastic guest post! All links that go outside of are Valentina’s links, and all ideas and opinions are hers. 

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How can Millennials give back on a budget _ guest post from Valentina Wilson of Best Debt Consolidation

How to ensure your wedding comes in on budget – A guest contribution for The Nottingham

Guest Contribution for The Nottingham

Last month The Nottingham Building Society published my guest contribution on their website following them contacting me asking if I would write a piece for them on how to save money whilst planning a wedding.

In the guest post I gave 7 tips on how to easily reduce the cost of your wedding without your big day feeling cheap. For regular readers of Say I Do On A Budget, some of the tips are familiar, but I threw in a couple of tips I’ve not mentioned before, or not for awhile anyway!

Those of you who know my writing style will notice that the ‘voice’ in this post for The Nottingham is not my usual ‘voice’. The reason for this, is because they condensed my contribution to fit their strict small word count. Despite their editing I do feel that my message is still there, and is a message that those who know my blog will recognise, and therefore I am overall, happy with the outcome and pleased that my message is being shared with a wider audience.

Over the years I have done many guest posts for other sites and blogs and always very much enjoy the experience and the chance to reach more people. Although, I have politely turned down some opportunities because the host site didn’t seem to fit with what I’m trying to do with this blog. Two of my favourite guest contributions are:

3 Ways to Save When Planning a Hen Do

3 ways to save money when planning a hen party _ a guest post by Bridesmaids Confession for sayidoonabudget

Not all Brides want a big, expensive long weekend party for their Hen Do. There are lots of different reasons why a Bride may opt for a 1 night celebration or a low cost weekend party with their favourite ladies. Some Brides may know that their friends aren’t able to splash out on a long weekend far away from home. Some Brides have young children or other responsibilities that mean they can’t be away from home for a long time which mean they want a at home hen or a low cost local hen celebration. I opted for a low cost Hen weekend myself when my hens and I went to Brighton for 1 night and stayed in a hostel! It is for this reason I thought the US based oracle for Bridesmaids and the expert of Hen parties, Theresa of Bridesmaids Confession would be the perfect person to share some tips on how to plan a wonderful, low cost celebration for the Bride in your life!


It’s a day your best friend has been waiting for, the one where he pops the question. After the shock of the proposal fades, she’s asked you to stand by her side and you’ll gleefully say yes. Once you step into the role of Bridesmaid you’ll have a full checklist of responsibilities. The one you can have the most fun with is planning the hen party. These types of things can cost a fortune, but they don’t have to. Here are 3 easy ways to save when planning a hen party.

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My Guest post for Polly May: Manage the stress of wedding planning and avoid those post-wedding blues!

Manage the stress of wedding planning and avoid the post wedding blues - a guest post for polly may

On 26th November I published on Say “I do” on a Budget, a guest post from Polly May. In her guest post, Polly May gave advice on how you could allocate a £10,000 budget for your wedding and then gave tips on what to think about when planning each section. Her post was absolutely brilliant, and a lot of you have been giving it a lot of love already. If you’ve not read it already, then definitely go and give it a read here.

In return I wrote a guest post for her, which she published on 29th November over on her blog. The blog post I wrote for her was all about how to minimise stress when you are in the midst of wedding planning and how you may be able to avoid getting the post-wedding-blues. I’m really pleased with how the post has come out over on her blog. If you are currently in the throws of planning, or if your wedding is fast approaching, the no nonsense advice I’ve given may be just what you need to read right now. Check out the post here.

Polly May is relatively new to the world of wedding blogging, but not new to the world of weddings, as she is an events and wedding planner. We’ve clicked really well, and have really enjoyed working together on these posts, so much so that  I don’t think these posts will be the last time we feature on each others blogs!

Manage the stress of wedding planning and avoid the post wedding blues - a guest post from for Polly May Blogs