Five Charity ideas for Christmas donations

Many people like to donate to charities during the Christmas holiday season or other times of the year. In fact, about a third of all charitable contributions made each year occur during the month of December. However, with so many charities to choose from, it can be overwhelming to decide which one to donate to. As noted, studies show that buying gifts for others and donating to charities is proven to increase happiness levels. Spending money on yourself does not increase happiness and can even lower it. Giving back is …

New SNAP Food Stamp Rules April 1, 2020

The USDA and federal government will be enforcing a number of work requirements that are part of the SNAP food stamp program. The tightened regulations will go into effect April 1, 2020 and could cause as many as 700,000 families to lose their government food benefits. The regulations being put into place by the USDA (US Department of Agriculture) are not new, rather the government is enforcing work rules that are already in place. As the federal government was giving exemptions to some states as well as local counties that …

Giving Tuesday December 3, 2019

It is holiday time, the time of higher than normal materialism in the US. Generally, this involves buying more stuff they do not need, going into debt, spending money on material goods to impress others, posting images of “stuff” on social network, and living beyond their means. Well, several years ago another “holiday” was created which does not focus on materialism, and that holiday is Giving Tuesday. This year the event is celebrated today, December 3, 2019. Giving does not just mean donating money. There are many ways to give …