In the last 4 minutes and 38 seconds before writing this post I was able to do the following without it costing me a cent:
- I offset 1 pound of carbon emissions or roughly the equivalent amount to taking hot shower.
- I saved 7.4 sq. ft. of American Prairie.
- I helped to fund the airing of a public service announcement protesting Canada’s baby seal hunt.
- I generated a donation to help save our oceans.
- I helped support 11,314.29 sq.ft of Jaguar habitat.
- I donated enough to feed an orange to a hungry primate.
- I donated enough to fund 41 minutes to provide a child with medical care and education for 30 days.
- I helped prevent one litter of unwanted kittens.
- I helped generate 3 letters of support to stop violence against women.
- I helped to eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer.
- I gave the value of 1.1 cups of food to the hungry.
- I helped fund a free mammogram to help a woman in need.
- I helped fund healthcare for a child in need.
- I helped fund the tools needed to attain literacy for a child in need.
- I helped protect 11.4 square feet of rainforest.
- I gave the value of .6 bowls of food to rescued animals.
- I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a dog in an animal shelter.
- I gave 10 pieces of kibble to a cat in an animal shelter.
- I gave 20 grains of rice to help feed the poor.
- I gave 10 cents to help fund a microloan.
Don’t believe me? Here is how I did it and how you can do it too. Feel free to get out your stop watch because I bet you can probably do it even quicker than I did if you want.
1. Go to the Care2.com free click to donate global warming and click the “reduce 1 pound of carbon” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “rainforest” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: seals, oceans, big cats, primates, children, pets, stop violence and breast cancer.
2. Go to the The Hunger Site and click the “click here to give – it’s free” button. Once finished, click on the tab for “breast cancer” above. Click through and then move onto the other tabs: child health, literacy, rainforest and animal rescue.
3. Go to Free Kibble and answer the question. When finished, click the “click here to feed cats too!” link and answer that question as well.
4. Go to Free Rice and answer a question (you must get it correct — you can also stay longer and donate a whole lot more rice if you have extra time as well).
5. Come back here and leave a comment as to how long it took you to make all the free donations.
If you can complete those 5 steps, then you will have given similar amounts as I have listed above and the entire process should take somewhere about 5 minutes to complete. Pretty darn good way to spend five minutes when you have the free time.
If you enjoyed this post, please consider signing up for the rss feed which will add another 25 cents toward a microloan. Also feel free to spread the word and tell friends or family who you believe may also enjoy this blog. It’s greatly appreciated.
22 thoughts on “What You Can Do In Under 5 Minutes”
It took me a little over 6 minutes to complete, but this was my first time and it took me awhile to figure out the pattern. I’m sure I’ll come in under 5 minutes tomorrow now that I know. Great way to spend 5 minutes of free time!
I didn’t read to step 5 before starting so I don’t know how long, but this is definitely a post I can bookmark and put into my daily web routine.
4:22 haha The new time to beat!!
Well, it did take well under 5 minutes. And I did lallygag long enough to donate 200 grains of rice.
I can never seem to get more than four or five words in a row on the rice site. It’s hard!
the rice site is fun because now there is a link (upper right) to change subjects – so you can even learn a new language if you want – it’s fun – I just forget to remember to just go do it !!! 🙂
I took my sweet time, so I didn’t quite make it under the 5 minute mark.
Wow, you’re over the $50 mark in the microloan fund! I can’t wait to see next one that will be funded.
Bookmarked the ones I didn’t have. Was about five minutes. Bookmarked this blog, too.
Thanks. I knew about most of these (mostly from here, although I’d already had the Hunger Site and all its affiliates bookmarked prior to finding your blog), but the Care2 site is a new one for me. I’ve got it bookmarked.
I am so glad you posted all this in one easy to find spot. I’ve been to so many of these sites before, but tend to forget about them. Thanks for this post, very helpful!
It took me less than 5 minutes…a definitely worthy way to spend my time.
Actually I spent my last 5 minutes playing with my new BOINC account that I started running last night. But now I’ll go try the sites above.
This is really good, I’m adding everything to my bookmarks.
In Sweden there’s a foundation trying to save the old forests. With a click a day we may save the Verle Forest:
“A Click for the Forest is a foundation that seeks to buy and preserve old growth forests with high conservational values, thereby protecting endangered animal and plant species that depend on these kind of forests. We believe that in addition to saving these species, we are preserving our natural heritage for future generations.” (from the about-section)
Since time is running out, it would be great with some help.
Hope it’s ok with this kind of comment too 🙂
Took about 6 minutes on a slow computer with the interference of a dog who wanted to be involved in helping others 🙂
it took me more than 5 minutes because i stuck around to donate 300 grains of rice.
its easy and fun to help out 🙂
thanks for reminding us how easy it is to do a little good in the world.
9 minutes. slow loading network, 150 grains of rice
took me about an hour but I just couldn’t leave the freerice page.
It took me about 4 minutes or so…I was familiar with most of the sites already, but am glad to know of all of these!
A couple of other click-to-donate sites are //www.thenonprofits.com, //www.ecologyfund.com (you can get a free email address here that helps save rainforest, as well), //www.redjellyfish.com, //www.charityclickdonation.com, and the facebook group “Feed a Child with just a Click!”.
Thank you for a great list of things you can do just by clicking!!! i’ve put them on my toolbar so i can remember to do it everyday. feels good that just by clicking, doing something for free, we’re helping 🙂
Took me about 7 minutes and I played on some of the trivia sites for a little bit. Great suggestions!