My husband, the philanthropist
Despite the fact that I have a sign on our screen door that says "No Solicitors," some brave (or illiterate) soul came a-knocking tonight and managed to get my husband to commit to donating $10 a month to a "worthy" cause. (It would've been $25 a month, but I told him absolutely not. I actually said something along the lines of "You can give him $25 total, but not $25 a month." You can see where that got me.)
I don't have a problem with supporting worthy causes, in fact, I'd be all for it - IF and ONLY IF we had the money to spare. We are hard-pressed enough living on one income, owning only one car and trying to pay off debt. There are so many causes I'd love to support, but I tell myself that someday (when I'm better off), I will do so. Right now, however, we need to take care of our family.
So what is this worthy cause you ask? It's a good one, I admit it. The group is called "Environment Colorado." They're currently lobbying against the oil companies who want to do clear-cutting of trees so they can drill for oil. Definitely a worthy cause. I certainly don't want to see our forests depleted. But can our family afford to save the trees? I don't know.
Maybe I'm over-reacting. It is, as my husband says, "ONLY $10 a month." Perhaps that isn't more than we can afford. Maybe I can just have him cut back on his lunches out a couple times a month to pay for it. (He rarely eats his lunch out, but on the days we don't have leftovers ready to take, it does occasionally happen.) ;) Yes, I think that should cover it nicely.