Would you prefer to give your TIME or MONEY?

Would you prefer to give your TIME or MONEY? - A picture of a keyboard littered with lotsa of dollar notes aka money. Taken with permission from http://farm1.static.flickr.com/46/105947068_f59b8a447e.jpg?v=0 .
Singapore
June 20, 2007 11:37am CST
This is a modified version of a typical robbery scene. Robber: Hands up! Give me your money now! Victim: No... can I keep my money please? Pretty please? Robber: Alright, keep your money if you really want.. since you asked so nicely. But give me your time instead! Victim: No, please take neither my money nor my time... I want them both... pretty please? Ok, continue the script yourself. Wizzy feels lazy suddenly. :P What does TIME mean to you? And what does MONEY mean to you? There are many contexts where you will be called upon to give either your time or your money, or even both. Take the situation of helping people for instance, are you one who prefers to help by donating money? Or are you one who prefers instead to contribute your time towards welfare activities? Or would you gaily offer both your time and money? Do share your thoughts. ;-)
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@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
In case of the robbery I would definitely give my money! I can live without money but I can't live without time. In case of friends and family I would give what they needed whether it is time or money or both. Money means nothing to me. Time is everything. Helping others again is another story, if I have the money and that is what the person needs then it is theirs if it is time they need then it is also theirs. Depending on who and what it is I will give both.
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Oh yea? You are that busy? :PPP
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@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
Well wen you work 16 and 16.5 out of 24 hours a day then yes I am that busy. LOL Although now I am not but that is only because of my heart attack. I was also more saying that the time you spend with others,whether helping or whatever is more important than the money you would have given them, depending on what is more needed.
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Gosh.. heart attack? Was it serious? Should I avoid teasing you then? Or stop talking to you lest your mind roams and gets too excited?
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@sakana (260)
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
I have no money, so not applicable D: Not saying I have tons of free time either (is that possible in Singapore?), but my weekends are very available because I have no life, so I'd donate my time and effort!
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Why not? I have tons of time. Just rotting lol.
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@sakana (260)
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Lol I guess you're one of the lucky few then. You get your income online right? I bet that's why you're so free :P Go and do some charity work then!
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
No no, I have no income. I am a penniless pathetic guy.
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@xParanoiax (7005)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Me: How about instead I give you some..sugar! Robber: O_o wtf? ^_^ Alright! Me: *pours and buries robber in sugar* Robber: Hey! Me: *runs away*
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
What sugar lol? You carry a sack of sugar everywhere or... :PPP
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• United States
21 Jun 07
it was a reference to this afternoon, when I answered while I was cooking lol. Hm. Maybe I should carry sugar everywhere..in the event of robbers..*ponders*
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
I would think pepper powder would be better. :P
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@2wicelot (2949)
21 Jun 07
This is a very delicate situation. Both time and money are very important. But I guess it all depends on the context and the situation. Example, if you are moving from pont A to B and you could afford a faster method of transportation, then you would pay for it and therefore save time. But if you have limited amount of money and can't afford it then you take the longer route thus saving money. It all depends really on the situation.
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Right, right. We need to look at it on a case by case basis.
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@2wicelot (2949)
21 Jun 07
Totally agreed.
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@CatNPK (461)
• United States
20 Jun 07
I don't think I have ever given money - I don't trust organizations to spend it wisely, too cynical for that. I will give time and often have, for causes I believe in. Giving my time is more rewarding, I can see what my efforts accomplish. If I were rich maybe I would give money, but as it stands I am not. Depending on how rich I was (or become...?) I could start my own organization for the betterment of something or other (probably animals or the environment).
• United States
21 Jun 07
You might be interested in The Box Project. You give directly to the family you are matched with and you correspond with them regularly. It is a really enjoyable way to help someone living in poverty. Check them out at www.boxproject.org
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Yea, some people do cheat in the name of charities... unfortunately. :/
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• United States
20 Jun 07
I honestly can't decide. I guess it would be a matter of what time of the year it is, how helpful I could be, etc. For example, my kids and I used to go for nearly every holiday (some even not so "important" on the calendar) and bake cookies at the one family homeless shelter. These were families that were without a house, without a place to call home and I figured most kids didn't get the joys of baking at home like my kids and I did. So we would do something as simple as bring over a bunch of cookie sheets, some plastic butter knives, a couple rolls of cookies (Pillsbury always has them according to the holidays) and we would go over and bake with the kids. Some of the kids were so amazed and just simply thrilled. My own kids were brought to tears to see the satisfaction and joy in doing something they so quickly took for granted that everyone got to do. So there's a case where I'd NEVER give up the money in place of the time because it was a bit selfish on my end, as I loved to share the smiles, laughter and sense of worth. Other times I think my money is best put to use by the professionals and I gladly hand over the money in place of the time. Places like food banks and such need the money badly and one dollar is worth nearly 20x the amount or value I could have shopping for them and bringing them goods. So to me it's a lot better to give a couple dollars and do more.
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• United States
21 Jun 07
What a splendid idea to include the homeless kids in baking cookies! You are an angel and your kids are learning such valuable lessons.
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
That's quite like spending quality family time too. :P
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@rakhii (1302)
• India
20 Jun 07
For me, I would prefer giving my time. I am free these days with plenty of time and not much money in hand. So, to help someone in need, my time would be worth enough, for him/her and for me too....LOL...
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Finally... someone who says time is plentiful. ^^
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@rakhii (1302)
• India
21 Jun 07
Thats what I actuaaly have these days.
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• Sri Lanka
21 Jun 07
Robber: Hands up! Give me your money now! Victim: No... can I keep my money please? Pretty please? Robber: Alright, keep your money if you really want.. since you asked so nicely. But give me your time instead! Victim: No, please take neither my money nor my time... I want them both... pretty please? Robber: No way! Your money or your time. Victim: Ok in that case I'll give you my time. Will you leave me in peace after that? Robber: Sure! You can take my word for it. Victim: Ok here is this week's edition of TIME. I haven't read it yet, but I'll buy myself another copy. Bye! The victim walks away whistling. The Robber walks away reading the latest news around the world.
• Singapore
21 Jun 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
HAHAHA, what a creative response!!;-)
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@LittleMel (14059)
• Canada
21 Jun 07
none. I don't have much of any of them. In order to survive I need both. In order to help my family I need both. So there is no way around it, I'm not giving up a single second or a single dime. Maybe later, when I don't have as much responsibilities, I'll give up a minute or a few dollars.
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Aw... :(
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@jillhill (37354)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Time is money so when you are doing something that takes alot of time, and you are trying to do something to improve your life then time is more valuable. I for the most part, give more money. I would like to volunteer more, but TIME doesn't allow it!
• Singapore
21 Jun 07
It's enough that you wish to give. ;-)
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@lecanis (16739)
• Murfreesboro, Tennessee
20 Jun 07
I don't have much money, but what I do have I'd gladly give up before my time! Having been seriously ill my entire life, I consider each moment that I have on earth a precious gift from the Gods. There is no way I would give it up to a robber! When it comes to charity things, I gladly give both time and money when I can. I consider that time spent the right way, helping someone. These days there isn't a lot of volunteering I can do, considering my health, but when I can volunteer I do!
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Yes.. if you can be appreciative, life will be easier..
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@ryanphil01 (4187)
• Philippines
20 Jun 07
i can give them both voluntarily without any questions. if only i have enough resources then by all means i would have donated some, why not? but as of date i am broke so i would prefer giving my time instead. 'though my time is 'gold' i have to spare some of it to help anyone who needs it. it's what they call time to share.
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Wow you are so nice! :P
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@nicolec (2674)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Trust me when I say I have more time then money. So take the time. besides, it makes me feel better to actually get out and do something rather then opening a check book. Yup. I'll give you time
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
And you might get some fresh perspectives too. ;-)
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
20 Jun 07
Since my finances are tight I would give freely of my time. If I become flush with money then I would toss money toward any good cause and then also donate some time. Keep me mindful of the goodness in life at that time. So I think that this will answer your query!
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Take some, give some. ;-)
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@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
20 Jun 07
For some people it is easier to give money. They feel they dont have the time and occasionally they dont want to get too involved. Time requires a personal commitment and thought. Money is a tx write off for some. Don't have to see what is happening. Don't have to think other than where to give the money. For some getting in with those who need and seeing for themselves the work to be done is satisfying enough. I dont mind giving money but I get annoyed with all the different groups waiting at store entrances to ask for money. I dont have musch money so I have to be choozy.I find it easier to donate old clothes,etc, I have in the past helped some people out more on a one to one type basis rather than an orgainzed group.
• Singapore
20 Jun 07
tsk tsk - You are in the running for best response!
Hmm.. quite right there. In a way, it takes more to give time than money.
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@patgalca (13815)
• Orangeville, Ontario
20 Jun 07
There are not enough hours in the day for me to do the things I have to do as it is, so I have no time to give. I wish I did because I don't have money to give either. But I do give money, and I give clothes away to charities to resell for money. No garage sales here, honey. Also, being disabled with fibromyalgia, my health is unpredictable and my abilities limited. I do volunteer on a committee at church as well as read at Mass. I have often thought of helping out at the Food Bank or something like that. But like I said, you can't put me on a schedule because I never know how I'm going to feel.
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
You give what you can - that's way saintly already.^^
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
20 Jun 07
If I have time to give then I will gladly offer it. I would prefer to do that than give money, however I have been in a few situations where I have donated small amounts of $$ to help towards worthy causes.
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Just helping where you could would be very cool already. ;-)
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@SpitFire179 (2536)
• Canada
20 Jun 07
I'd prefer to give my time all the way. Money to me is nothing, just something people find necessary to live. If there's anything i can do, it's not going to be money wise... the thing is, money doesn't have heart, or feeling, or understanding, or millions of those things that come with personal interaction, love, care and more. That's also what i would prefer if i needed help of some type.
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• Singapore
20 Jun 07
Are you in the running for sainthood or what? :P
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• Canada
20 Jun 07
Hehe, I highly doubt that, all i know is how i feel about things, i just be myself, but i'm sure you haven't seen my bad side :P:P
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
Oh yea? :P
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
21 Jun 07
I would prefer to give my time instead of money. Money is something I have to spend lots of time and effort to get even a dollar. It is something tangible, measurable and scarce. On the other hand, time is free and in abundance. It is there all the time and I have it all the while. Even if I want sell it, nobody wants to buy it. Let's say if I have $10 and I give it away, I have nothing left. If I have to give away 10 hours, I still have lots of hours left, and it doesn't cost much anyway because it is there for free. Perhaps it is due to the law of demand and supply that I prefer to give time instead of money, even for charities since I have so much time to spare, but not enough money to share.
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• Singapore
21 Jun 07
All the more you should give your money instead then. Since money is more precious to you, if you give money rather than time, it makes the giving more precious. :P
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@whyaskq (7553)
• Singapore
22 Jun 07
The thing is I can only give what I have, and I have more time than money. lol.
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@ElicBxn (59922)
• United States
22 Jun 07
I'd rather offer money now, I just don't have the energy I used to have back when I gave of my time. I blame it on both my age & the fibromyalgia.
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• Singapore
22 Jun 07
Sigh.
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