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Giving back for the holidays

Emily Crone

The holiday season is all about giving. We shop like crazy so we can give presents to our friends, family, and loved ones. We bake and serve food to others, sing songs for others, and travel to be with loved ones. But many of us also look at this as a time to give back and donate to charities and the needy.

I have walked past several Salvation Army bell-ringers dressed in red this holiday season, and sadly, I rarely have cash to give them. The good news is that we often don’t need cold, hard cash in order to give back anymore. Most charities now accept donations via credit card on their websites or through PayPal. You can also find credit cards that donate a percent of spending to charities ranging from animal rescue to environmental conservation to breast cancer research. Some credit cards allow you to use your rewards for donations to charities or to offset your carbon footprint.

I hope you have happy holidays, regardless of whatever you celebrate. But before you go on break, be sure to check out my roundup of 10 of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week, including a few about donating and giving back.

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