Being a Blessing on a Small Budget.

Let's be intentional about blessing others. Who's with me? 

Being a blessing on a small budget is possible. It doesn't have to cost a lot of money to be a blessing! 

 As I mentioned in my previous blog post Do We Need an Upgrade in our Behavior, I must be intentional about blessing others or it won't happen. With a tight budget, it can be hard for me to just take out $100 bill and be a blessing. I just don't have that kind of extra cash right now.  I was praying about this, chit chatting with God over a cup of hot coffee. Yes, I do that. He reminded me there are other ways to bless someone without handing over cash. The wheels in my head started to turn as I jotted down some ways my family and I can be a blessing to those around us without breaking the bank.




Why should we take the extra step to intentionally be a blessing?

It feels good. There is a positive feeling that ignites within us when we do good and see a good response to our efforts. If we want to be blessed, we must bless others. Plus there are several bible verses encouraging us to bless those around us.


"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing." 1 Peter 3:9 (NIV)

"And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Hebrews 13:16(NIV) 

In what ways may we be a blessing to others without giving up on your budget?

#1. Make a meal for someone or a family that is going through a hard time, sick, down on their luck or just to help out a tired mommy. 

#2. Mow your neighbors grass if you see it is not getting done. No need to grumble that their yard looks bad because of overgrown grass. Just assume they need help and go help. 

#3.  Offer to babysit one night for free.  Another couple who may not have the extra cash to pay for a sitter will appreciate some alone time and a date night. 

#4. Include someone. Are you taking your kids to the park? Call up another mom and include her in the invite. We all want to feel included and thought of. 

#5. Send little cards of encouragement. Who doesn't love a little hand written note telling them they are being prayed for and loved. Include a bible verse or two. 

#6. Give some pretty flowers to someone who could use a smile or a burst of fresh air from the outdoors. Someone who isn't able to get outdoors much would love some fresh flowers. Or just someone who could use a little something to brighten their day. I love the smell of fresh flowers in my house. 

#7. Send a text message out telling someone you are thinking of them, praying for them and perhaps include an encouraging bible verse. I love getting these! 

#8. Make some cookies and deliver them to neighbors, volunteers at church, family and friends. 

#9. Pay it forward by leaving the exact change needed for a drink out of a vending machine. Put it in a plastic baggy and tape it to the machine with a little note saying they've been blessed and have a great day. 

#10 Smile and open the door for others. Sometimes the smallest act of kindest is the best. 

Here are my 10 simple ways I plan on being intentional about being a blessing to others. Does your family do any of these? What other ways do you and your family bless others? 

More than blessed, 

Starla J. 

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35 comments:

  1. Giving someone a hug, listening to what they have to say, making them a nice cup of tea :-)

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  2. Love this idea and all of the tips you included. Something so simple can make all the difference to someone else. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I absolutely love this! Truly - what a great reminder to take our eyes OFF of ourselves and put it on others - and bless others! Lots of ways we can do it - like you suggested - without breaking the bank! Even just sending simple note card or a phone call! Thanks for these practical but timely reminders!

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    1. So true, Clare. It's the little things sometimes that mean the most.

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  4. This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing because I've been in going through a similar situation and you just gave me confirmation. Thank you!

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    1. That's great and you are so welcome!

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  5. These are great! My mom always said that she couldn't give money when we were small as we were strapped financially but she could make a meal or send a card. Sometimes all people need is a listening ear, a hug, or some time. They just need to know someone cares.

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  6. I like #9. These are awesome suggestions and you are right. It will not break the bank.

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  7. Great suggestions. Always good to remember that blessing others does not require money. I'm blessed when people include me or see a way they can practically serve; those are the things I like to do for others as well.

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  8. Thanks for the reminder . . . It's never too late to give out of the abundance with which God has blessed each of us -- being on the down side of "over-the-Hill" I have TIME -- and that means I can listen to hurting hearts. and I have time to pray. Also, I know, that I can't outgive God --even if I think I don't have the resources to give at a particular time --He is good.

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  9. I offer to babysit all the time. It's free, and my kids love having the company.

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  10. What a great reminder and a great list! We often think that we have to do BIG things to really make a difference and bless someone, but I know for myself, it's often those "little" things that people to do for us that have blessed us the most.

    One thing I've been realizing recently is that simply listening, truly listening, to others can be a big blessing to them. And all that it takes is a little energy, time and a caring heart. Our world is so busy and listening ears are really pretty rare!

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  11. Some of the most generous people I know also make the least money. When you don't have much giving doesn't seem so hard. I've been blessed so many times by gifted bags of clothing for my children, hot meals, free babysitting, and tokens of people's affection. This is such an excellent post. Keeping these ideas in my back pocket so that I can be the blessing. <3

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  12. These are some GREAT ideas and they've come at a perfect time! We have a bunch of weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, baby births, sick friends and much more and I feel like I can't afford to give everyone everything I'd like to. I'm going to make sure that I use some of these ideas and that each person knows that I care deeply even if I can't show it financially as well as some. Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Your article reminded me that it feels great to help someone else! I think I forget that sometimes when I am busy "accomplishing goals". Thank you for all the good ideas.

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  14. I love these! They are practical and doable no matter what your cash flow. Thank you! I'm sharing!

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  15. This is a wonderful list! They are so easy to do and be the hands and feet of Jesus. Thank you for sharing this, I will reshare. :)

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  16. As a teen, my step mom paid the bridge toll for the car behind us. That made an impression on me, and now I like to pay for the car behind us at Taco Bell from time to time. :)

    I've also seen things on people's Amazon wish list or Pinterest and surprised them by getting it for them. Not super expensive, but it's nice to know you're getting somebody something they really want.

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  17. Love these ideas! We used to make muffins or cookies and take them to my girls' preschool teachers :)

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  18. Yes! There are so many ways to be a blessing in other people's lives, as well as in our own. Fantastic list of ideas!

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  19. LOVE this post, Starla! When money is tight, we can sometimes forget that not all blessings have to cost us in financial ways.

    Like Jesus said, it truly is more blessed to give than to receive. Thank you for blessing us with this reminder today.

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  20. Luke 6:38 “Give away your life; you’ll find life given back, but not merely given back — given back with bonus and blessing” 

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  21. Great ideas here, Starla! I think #4, including others, is huge. Also sending a text or a HANDWRITTEN note.We also like to invite people over for a meal. Those kinds of invitations are less and less common and there's something special about having people into your home and sitting around the table together.

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  22. I like the verses you chose. So many good ideas here. You have been a blessing.

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