It Takes A Village: 3 ways you could be leaning on friends for Advice

Estimated Monthly Savings: $200

Friends are the best to turn to when having a rough day, especially when that day has been fruitless in savings. Sometimes, when we ruminate and plan we hit a road block that exhausts us and we hit Savers Block, or an inability to find new ways to save money. Luckily there is a cure to Savers Block. That’s where friends come in.

In our time, the word friend is developing a new meaning and new ways of expressing itself when it comes to your life. In this article, you will find different ways that you can develop friendships in real life and online that will cultivate a culture of savings in your everyday life.

There is something for everyone from the boisterous to the introverted.

Facebook Groups

These are the best places to find people who are trying to get rid of clothes, books, furniture, electronics, and bric-a-brac. Sometimes you can find really great deals here, and sometimes you can find great stuff for completely free. I got a free TV from a #friend in a Facebook group because they were moving. That TV I later found out retails for almost three hundred dollars! The only downside to this is that you must create a Facebook account to access Facebook Groups. If you don’t have one and don’t want one then this probably isn’t for you. However, there are some great groups and if you’ve just moved to a new area, this is a great way to meet the neighbors!

Word of Mouth

I like to call this the Coffee Clatch. Strike up a conversation with actual people. Neighbors, PTA members, parishioners at your local church, or even couponers right there in line at the supermarket is a great place to get the hot lead on the unknown sale. You can even start a group where people come together to trade coupons and talk deals about town. This socializing creates a community centered around thriftiness, which is something everyone can appreciate.

Thrift Bloggers

Coupon bloggers are your friend. And these friends have some of the best coupons and freebies on the web. Some examples are listed here, here and here.

Most of all, if you find something good pass it on. Listen and it never hurts to have a notebook to write all your findings down. Happy Saving!