The 10 Dollar Question

It’s no secret that $10 has very different purchasing power depending on where in the world you are holding that bill (FYI: the official nerd-term for that is “Purchasing Power Parity”). We hear all the time about how far your money can go when you donate abroad compared to how measly that $10 would be if you spent it here at home. There are even infographics about it!

(Like this one, from a 2010 CNN article .)

And it’s true- $10 buys you a lot more in the Philippines then it does in the United States. And there are probably people in need in the Philippines, so that’s great. 

But the problem with these is they make you feel like if you don’t have much to give, then you have to send it abroad because your giving won’t be appreciated here at home. So I went on a mission to find out what you can do with $10 in America to help others in an effort to prove that giving at all, even if it is “just a little,” is still meaningful. 

So you don’t have a foundation in your name- what can you do if all you have to spare in your pocket is 10 bucks?

1) Kroger 10 for 10

Image found from Google.

Kroger is a grocery chain with locations all over the United States that regularly has 10 for 10 deals, where you can buy 10 of select items for just $1 each. What is so nice about this is you can mix and match! So contact your local food bank or a nearby church’s food pantry and ask about what their needs are, then head over to Kroger and use your $10 to supply them with those needs!*

*NOTE: Often the 10 for 10 deals include personal hygiene products, which are usually in high demand among homeless shelters. So you can expand your impact even farther if you think a little outside the box!

2) Pet supplies

 image from http://galleryhip.com/pictures-of-kittens-and-puppies-together.html

For the animal lovers among us, your local humane society may post lists of items they need that you can donate. Regular donation needs include pet food, treats, and other pet care items (like this nylon leash, $7.99 or this pet shampoo, $6.00)

They also often need plastic bags (which, if you are anything like me and hoard them instead of sending them to landfills, you always have a million of at home). Plus, when you bring your donation to them, you can also donate some time loving on some cute puppies and kittens, which is free AND fun!

3) Help sick kids get well

Ronald McDonald House Logo

Ronald McDonald houses allow families to get the very best care for a sick child no matter how far from home it may be, even if they cannot afford a hotel nearby. There are many Ronald McDonald Houses all over the country, so check and see if there is one in your city! (plus, they are Charity Navigator approved- score can be found here.)

These houses are often in need of things like :

  • Heavy Duty Scouring Pads
  • Gas Cards
  • Dryer Sheets
  • Boxed Cereal
  • 8.5 x 11 White Copy Paper
  • White Hand Towels
  • Disinfectant Cleaning Wet Wipes

as well as things like linens, cleaning supplies, hand soap, toys/games/books, kitchen supplies, etc. Many of these things can be purchased for less than $10 at your local grocery store.

So POINTers, don’t let the fact that you can only give a little keep you from giving at all- as you can see, just $10 can have a pretty big impact on local needs within your community!

Let us know of other big impacts you can have with just $10! You can tweet them @pointapp.

To making lots of good with only a little,

Sarah Grainger

Blog Contributor


No guilt trips, no sad stories. Just a chance to do something good.