Embark on a 21-day financial fast - and then GIVE!

When a tragedy such as the Haiti earthquake occurs, the outpouring of support for this already poor nation is nice to see. As we approach the season of Lent, it can be an extremely spiritually rewarding practice to give some time to reflect upon the way that many people in the United States and elsewhere consume more than we need. On NPR online, Michelle Singletary proposes a 21 day financial fast in order to purify our consumerist mentality. Pairing this practice with the practice of radical giving to the victims of the Haiti earthquake would be good news indeed.

Singletary's 'Power To Prosper' Budget Plan
From NPR.org

Washington Post personal finance columnist Michelle Singletary invites you to start 2010 right by curbing the need to consume. She lays out a 21-day financial fast to curb debt and stress in her book, The Power to Prosper.

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Coming out of the holidays in an economy that can hardly be called a boom, a lot of us could use some help getting a better grip on our finances. That's what drives Michelle Singletary. Her personal finance column The Color of Money is carried in more than 100 newspapers across the country. She's the author of two bestselling books on personal finance, and her latest book is called, "The Power to Prosper: 21 Days to Financial Freedom."

In it, she lays out what she calls a financial fast.

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Having fasted, the followup question is also important. What form should your giving take, to whom should you give, what NOT to do?

Here's some solid advice:


There's another we can do: encourage our government to grant Haitians in the U.S. Temporary Protected Status. Go here to see explained and how you can advocate for it:


Glad to report that the Obama administration has now done just that:


"The Obama administration extended a special immigration status on Friday to Haitians living illegally in the United States that protects them from deportation for 18 months and allows them to work here."

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