There's a small 99c store near my house that's a treasure trove of great and obviously easy-on-the-pocketbook finds. I'm often in there to see what they've scooped up: boxes of baking soda, thin glasses from Libbey, Ikea dishware, wooden clothespins. Lately, I've been in for silver holiday ornaments which I pile into glass vases, string on clusters, hang from lamps and scatter around to decorate my home for the holidays. The last time I was in there, there was an old man in line behind me with a few groceries, counting and recounting his change to confirm he had enough for the few things he'd picked out. I leaned over to the cashier and whispered to her to put his stuff on my tab. It's a habit I've gotten into when I'm there, paying for the items of the person behind me...
I watched him from my car as he toddled off down the street. Despite my many bags, I felt lighter as I headed home.
Have you ever paid it forward? Here are some things you can do to start:
- Pay for the coffee of the person in line behind you
- Send someone over a bottle of wine or a glass or pay for their dessert.
- Take care of the toll, the subway or the bus fare of the next person in line
- Put some change in the other parking meters
- Leave your neighbor a plant (no note!)
- Hold the door for someone without being asked and smile.
- Leave someone in your office a present for them to find in the morning.
- Allow someone else in line in front of you at the grocery store.
- Let that car cut in front of you.