Teach your children the value of donating to charity. Learn the basics of donation through cash, hours of service, or by gifting material goods. It's a feel good, do good lesson for the whole family that will yield you a deduction come tax time.
The sooner your child starts giving back the better. "Even preschoolers benefit from being involved with a cause," says Ellen Sabin, author of The Giving Book. "It helps them realize they can make a difference." These ideas will get you started.
This holiday season, help the less fortunate and donate to the charitable causes you want to support. No matter how tight your budget is -- and, let's face it, almost every family has trimmed its spending in the past couple of years -- there are lots of ways you can make a difference this holiday without digging deep into your pockets.