As a college student, you use your money in ways that most people probably don’t, perhaps because you don’t have much of it. Cutting corners financially is almost a daily game with you. With student loans, monthly rent, money for books, materials, gasoline, and late-night fast food, your monthly expense and Christmas shopping supply of money is severely limited. What in the world could you give your roommates or loved ones? And what could you ever hope to receive? Well, let’s get a little practical, having something that you need will be a lot more helpful than having something you can look at. Why don’t you think about asking for some bath bar soap, or some new towels? You might actually be happier than you think, next time you don’t have to buy toilet paper for yourself.
But let’s face it, we all want a million dollars for Christmas. How great a stocking that would have been, stuffed with a pretty shade of green? Sadly enough, however, very few people actually receive that kind of surprise wrapped up with bows and strings. However, receiving usable things like toothpaste or bath bar soap can actually save you money in the months to come. Can that really be so bad? Stock up on those basics, and you’ll find yourself smiling even a few weeks later. And chances are, if you actually use that bath bar soap, your roommates will be smiling as well.
Basic household items can be easily stored and used for a long time. And those months when the quarters are all being used for laundry purposes, you’ll be very happy to be able to open your cupboard doors, and find a full supply of toiletries, cleaning supplies, and refreshing bath bar soap. And those things, if unopened, can even be reused as gifts for someone else, thus saving you even more money in the long run.
We might as well be practical, when we start asking for things. This whole world is rolling through a pile of economic stress. If we can give each other the things that we truly need, we’ll find enough strength to eventually get out of the mud and move forward. There is no shame in asking for bath bar soap, or giving it for that matter. These are the small things that truly matter most, and as we cater to those needs, our level of gratitude and unity will grow in ways we never thought possible.