Throwing Pennies Into The Political Fountain

How can $25 make you feel like a million bucks?

Well, I wanted to share with all of you what I did just now! I participated in our Democratic process in big way. I donated my hard earned twenty-five bucks to the Obama campaign. I feel so empowered and proud! ‘For the very first time in my adult life,’ (by the way, we all know what Mrs. Obama meant by that) I am interested in and am actively supporting politics.

My recent interest in politics is quite surprising to me, since I have never been into the whole political process. Yet, we simply cannot deny the fact that this current race for the presidency gig is super intriguing.

I stay glued to CNN and CNN.com. I encourage you all to begin to pay attention to it if you aren’t already. People, this is so history in the making. We are living through a very memorable time. A time that you can tell your children and your grand-babies about. You can make a real difference.

I know you might be thinking, “Twenty-five dollars? Why did she even bother?” Every little bit helps. I truly feel like I’ve done a really big thing, a good thing. My donation (and yours) will help advance the message!

I am very proud to say that I had a hand in that, however small. I just logged onto https://donate.barackobama.com/2front and made my donation.

Easy as 1-2-3. And I received an email back stating the following:

Dear Jina,
Thank you for your generous donation of $25.00.Your gift will be immediately put to work building a campaign to change our country and our politics for the better.

I printed it out and I am going to keep it forever!

So for instant gratification on a budget, make your donation. And remember, just because your pockets aren’t swollen doesn’t mean you can’t do big things!

Jina DuVernay is a Los Angeles native and budget fashionista, who is currently penning her first novel and planning a summer move to Atlanta. She blogs exclusively for UTC on all things needed to cultivate a luscious life on less money.

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April 19th, 2008 at 2:48 am kamalp says:

Kinda cool.

April 19th, 2008 at 2:53 am Regina Holloway says:

Instant gratification indeed. This is a very unexpected and progressive way to think about budget living. Good tip for all of us who call ourselves grown-ups but function as less than adults. Adults donate. Adults do charitable work. Adults engage in the political process. And as evidenced here, even $25 will do the trick.

April 19th, 2008 at 11:20 am chica22 says:

Another cute budget idea. Would have never thought of that.

April 19th, 2008 at 11:23 am SweetSis says:

I did this too! Just $30 bucks after the Iowa Caucus. It actually did feel real good.

April 19th, 2008 at 11:35 am 1GOODMAN says:


April 19th, 2008 at 11:40 am MissReina says:

Obama in ‘08!!!

April 19th, 2008 at 4:45 pm Ginger says:

I actually did hear that the majority of Obama’s donations were less than $100. I kind of didn’t believe it when I heard it but this is making me think that you are right, every little bit adds up.

April 20th, 2008 at 6:42 pm ElsaHarkins says:

cute low cost idea

April 21st, 2008 at 12:18 pm T says:

I agree with you totally. Every year I contribute to different causes and give no more than $25-$50 for each cause. Even though it doesn’t seem like much, for a lot of people in the world $25, $30, $50 is a lot of money and if a million of us are doing it - check your calculations!

April 22nd, 2008 at 12:32 pm teradise says:

I’m gonna go ahead and break Obama off a lil something! :) Thanks for the inspiration! Every dollar counts!