Rosenblum: Why do I feel bad saying no to giving a buck here and there?

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 31, 2012 - 7:59 PM

The bottom line is that we all should feel good giving in the way we feel most comfortable. But, please everybody, give, and not just this month.

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transplantedNov. 1, 12 7:01 AM

Couldn't agree more. I grow weary of being asked for another dollar, almost regardless of where I stop, anymore - sometimes numerous times in a single day, and during some of those times, repeatedly for the same charity. I don't think it should be allowed, but used to be able to deal with it, no problem, because for the most part they are worthy charities and I understand the need. But it's gotten out of control, now.

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eleanore53Nov. 1, 12 7:48 AM

Also can't be used as a tax deduction

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holstjNov. 1, 12 8:53 AM

Ask for a receipt to really slow down the process at the register.

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ronf528Nov. 1, 12 9:02 AM

I've grown real weary of it too. I want to give back something, so I volunteer for a charity. But this asking for a dollar, or rounding up your purchase every time you check out somewhere is akin to panhandling and it's getting hard to even say 'no' politely.

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escissorhandNov. 1, 12 9:57 AM

I don't feel bad. I spend enough at the grocery store and I give to charities of my choice on my own time.

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BVMannNov. 1, 12 2:27 PM

I think a lot of this is well intended by young folks who do not have perspective that later life has more responsibilities than just paying your multi-person rent & a couple of espressos per months. That said, we really do need to push back to educate them that budgeting for charity work is most effective for those of us who are older with more responsibilities & obligations.

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eurotravelerNov. 1, 12 3:58 PM

Just say no. And don't think twice about it. I prefer to donate to a set group of charities/causes. That's it, and I don't feel bad about it. Personally, I'd rather give a few bucks to the person on the street who is clearly struggling than to donate in a coffee shop or other retail establishment.

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MaisiesMamaNov. 2, 12 9:03 AM

Don't feel badly. I think if I gave a buck to everyone who asked, I'd probably be broke. You do what you can ... sometimes even more than you should. I usually just apologize brightly and tell them, thanks for the opportunity, but I've already hit my budget for charitable giving this month!

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fridaydogNov. 2, 12 9:40 AM

I just say no thanks. The cashier could care less. Do you think they appreciate having to ask people for money? I look at it this way as well. I donate the money, yes it's a good cause, but the store gets all the credit for the donation. I'd feel better about it if I knew the store was going to match the funds. Then I think they can rightfully take the PR credit. And let's be realistic. That's why they are doing it.

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mslucy09Nov. 2, 1210:01 AM

My standard answer: Thanks, I've already given.

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