I decided to combine my RCF #GivingCard monthly mission with @DerekOlsen's weekly challenge, and kill two birds with one stone
(here's the challenge, for reference: http://forums.rockstarfinance.com/t/this-weeks-money-challenge-thank-the-forgotten/1205)
I decided to use my $20 to give an unexpected gift and a smile to Diane, my mail carrier. I've lived in this neighborhood for nearly four years, and have always had great interactions with her. I didn't even know that people giving gifts to their mail carrier was a thing until last year, and needless to say, I've never actually done it.
I come from a baking family, and I know how to make some killer chocolate chip cookies from scratch (you put the love in there, that's the secret ingredient). But I haven't baked in probably six months, and I had no ingredients. So I used my Giving Card to buy the eggs, butter, baking soda, salt, flour, white sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla to whip up a batch of cookies to leave in my mailbox as a gift.
Here's what it looked like:
Hopefully when she opens up my mailbox, seeing this inside rather than another stack of work to do will put a big smile on her face . . . especially since it's been well below zero here for the past week, with -20 to -30 wind chills, and her job can be brutal.
I'll let you know if I receive a response of any kind, though I don't need or expect one.