What difference can £8 a month make really? One of our Money Gym gang has been contacted by someone she referred someone to, who wants to pay her a referral fee of £8 a month. She’s wondering, as it’s such a small amount, what she can do with it – is it really worth the effort of accounting for it, paperwork wise? Should she refuse it, accept it, or just give it away…and if so, where could it make the most difference.
Graham Wendes provided this very thought provoking reply and I’ve his permission to share it with you! Love to see your suggestions as to what YOU would do with £8 a month, to make the most difference? Use the comments link to share your thoughts with us….
“I’d take it and pay it forward. This isn’t a dig, it’s just a thought. I once worked in a training centre for people on the dole. Some were in their 60’s and unlikely to get work again, and their illiteracy didn’t help. They used to get £10 a week “travelling expenses”, which they didn’t need as i drove a minibus to pick them up. Some relied on that £10 a week to get by, and I sometimes had to get feisty with the company to give it to them. (Food, £10.)
One beautiful Spring day, me and the ex were in Asda. An elderly lady was getting upset as we passed through the check-outs because she’d forgotten her purse. A lady of her age still had the capacity to feel shame, and she was so embarassed she was in tears. Her bill was £2.50 for cat food. (We used to stop and speak with her little blue-grey kitten called Archie.) I gave the check-out lady a tenner and told her to let the old lady keep the change, and to say hello to Archie for us. We brought the sun out for her, and I felt Spring-like all day. (Smile, £10.)
One November, and old sea-dog was stood in town with a chest load of Russian convoy medals, an empty poppy tin, a straight back and a smile. 99% of people didn’t even see him let alone share a copper or two We went into Starbucks, got him a tea and a muffin, put a tenner in his tin and said thank you for what you and all your mates did so that we could be in town in a free country today. You wouldn’t think a proud old man like that would lose a tear so easily would you? (Tear for recognition, £10.)
Last year, I had some money I’d been putting by to give our mum a bumper xmas as she had been in a deep depression, and then quickly she became ill and was gone. She didn’t see xmas, but I know she saw what I did with it in her name. (Knowing our mum would have been proud of me, priceless.)
What i’m saying is that £8 isn’t a lot if you have a higher threshold of “abundance”. For some people a tenner is the difference between having heat for a week or not. Eating for a week (we’ve been there) or not.
It’s good to aim high and build big, but we should never become so abundant we forget how much so little can mean to so many”.