Right now I'm giving more than I had anticipated, but I figured that the more I give, the better off the animals will be and I won't miss the money anyway. Once my debt gets paid off, I'm hoping to bump that number up more.
Donating is ALWAYS in style and it not only benefits the organization, it helps your karma too! But only give if you WANT to, not because you feel you should. There are so many different charities you can give to; do some research! Your aunt passed away from ovarian cancer? Find a charity that supports finding a cure. If you check out Charity Navigator they "evaluate the financial health of over 5,300 American charities" so you know you're donating to a legit charity.
Do it now. Even if it's $5.00 a week, you're making a difference. Don't put it off till next paycheck, start today and you'll be joining the millions of Americans who give. Score one for you!