Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Charity doesn't always involve writing checks. There are ways to give back without breaking the bank. The Dollar Stretcher, a personal finance blog, gave a list of ways people can do their part on a budget.

Roll your coins
Brian Nicholson, Deseret News

Organize all your loose change and donate half to a local charity.

Bottle Returns
Winston Armani, Deseret News

Some machines will take bottles and cans and print out a receipt for the money owed. Leaving the slip of paper in the machine for someone to find could brighten a person's day.

Clothing roundup
Jeffrey Allred, Deseret News

Take old clothes to the Salvation Army, a local women's shelter or, in our case, Deseret Industries.

Make it a point to put one new item of clothing in, like a pair of socks or a T-shirt.

Food pantries
Jim Mone, Associated Press

Food surplus sometimes comes through "buy one get one free" deals.

Take the extra food from those deals and store it in a pantry box. Once the box has enough items, donate them to a local food pantry, like the Utah Food Bank.

Garden overflow
Mike Terry, Deseret News

If you keep a garden that has a surplus of vegetables, consider giving them away to neighors and coworkers as gifts.

Volunteer Time
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Taking time out to help at a community center or with a struggling single mom is a great way to be charitble with little money.

Rick Bowner, Associated Press

While searching for coupons, clip the ones you don't need and give them to someone else. Don't need a coupon for diapers? Someone probably does.

Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

For those who have flowers in the front yards, taking a snip of one and placing it in a cup is a nice gift.

Search Engines

Some search engines, like, will donate to your chosen cause everytime you search or purchase something through them.

Your Blog
Tom Smart, Deseret News

Use social media and the Internet to draw attention to charity organizations anywhere in the world.