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5 Tips for Being a Charitable Cheapskate

Anybody who knows me personally or has read what I write realizes that while I make a sport out of pinching pennies, I don’t condone being a cheapskate when it comes to giving to charity or helping those in need.¬†

And there are a lot of “charitable cheapskates” out there like me: When I surveyed 300+ proud, self-proclaimed cheapskates for my last book, I found that on average they donated more than twice as much to charity as the typical American!

But just like with other type of expenditures, when a cheapskate makes a charitable donation they like to make sure they’re getting the best value for their money. Since charitable giving peaks this time of year, here are a few tips to stretch your donations to the charities of your choices:

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