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Do Tell: What Do You Do When Asked to Donate at the Store?

If you've been grocery shopping lately, I'm sure a cashier has asked you: "Do you want to give $1 to fight cancer?" (Or educate children, or help the homeless?)

When it happens to me, I feel like I have to say yes or risk seeming like I'm taking a stand against those causes. Wouldn't everyone in line think I'm a cheap, heartless shopper who cares more about blue cheese and white wine than saving the world? OK, maybe not.

While these checkout asks are an effective way to raise money and awareness for worthy charities, they can feel intrusive and pushy. A recent story on Slate recommends saying: "Thanks, but I've got my own giving plan!" When you're asked to donate at the grocery store, do you give all the time, only to causes you're passionate about, or not at all?


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