25 Ways to Use $25.

Have $25 in your wallet?  Here are a few things that you can get for your money–all under $25:

  1. A $25 Kiva Loan to help entrepreneurs in developing countries
  2. A $25 investment microloan at Microplace.com, which earns interest
  3. 132 packets of Ramen noodles (maybe more)
  4. 2 malaria bednets
  5. Teach 15 Afghan women to read
  6. One session of chemotherapy for a poor patient with eye cancer in India
  7. A Starbucks Project(Red) Water Bottle ($1 goes to Africa)
  8. 2 movie tickets to go see Zombieland
  9. Irrigate a farmer’s land for 2 months
  10. Buy “My Learning Cloth Clown Doll” on WorldofGood.com (check out the link — lots of social and economic impact from one simple purchase)
  11. Provide a year of primary school education for a girl who has been rescued from virtual slavery
  12. Pay for half of a cataract surgery to cure blindness in Africa at Unite for Sight
  13. Pay for about half of a Yale hoodie
  14. A 4-pack of Tom’s of Maine Cleansing Mouthwash, Spearmint (reviewed at GoodGuide.com)
  15. A cooking stove for displaced women
  16. 2 of 3 life-changing books: Half the Sky, The Blue Sweater, Mountains Beyond Mountains
  17. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince DVD (2-disc Limited Edition)
  18. A school meal program for one child.
  19. A disease prevention kit for families after a natural disaster.
  20. The entire Taylor Swift discography (almost).
  21. 0.54 shares of the stock KLD (KLD’s select social index ETF – basically, a group of socially-responsible companies)
  22. About 10 gallons of gasoline.
  23. Two large pizzas.
  24. Provide a classroom blackboard in Zambia.
  25. Provide one day of food for 50 survivors at a disaster relief facility.

There are lots of good ways to spend $25.  To be quite honest, putting this list together will likely make me a little more thoughtful next time I drop $20.

What’s your favorite way to spend $25?

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