Good morning, Bay Shore
A dear friend of mine always seems to have enough. Enough toys, tech, clothes, trips—she always seems to have what she wants. Now, my friend is a planner, and she is the best coupon maven I know, but still—it was something I always wondered about.
So I got bold, Bay Shore, and I asked her about her savings habits. And she shared with me how she is always putting money away—a few dollars here, a twenty there. Automatic payment plans. Refinancing for lowest rate. Never buying at purchase price. Coupons, coupons. Different savings accounts with different purposes. And she also shared, she tithes to her Lutheran church.
Like, a real tithe? I asked. Yep, she said. Between the monthly offerings and passive giving, we end up right at the tithe.
Bay Shore, passive giving is when you choose the church as your charitable contribution with programs through Amazon, the Target Visa Card, the Choice Dollars through Thrivent and more. Its when you see if your company matches your offerings made to the church, and in my friend’s case—her company does. That’s passive giving. All you do is set up the parameters, sign up, and forget about it.
Pete and I spent a bit of time this week reviewing our passive giving. Amazon Smile, we’ve doing that for a long time (PS, you can now use your Amazon app on your smartphone for Amazon Smile), but I found that I was still giving to a church I served two times ago through the Red Card, and I had not designated the Choice Dollars from Thrivent properly. So, we are working on it, along with building our savings for retirement (oh, did I mention I just turned 50?).
After all, it’s Tax Month, and it seems to be a good time to review finances, make budgets and consider contributions to charities. Hopefully, I have inspired you here to think of how you can make a larger impact for our congregation. In the meantime, enjoy our crazy Spring weather. Wisconsin never disappoints!
Blessings to you and your loved ones,