It’s easy to find a long list of frugal tactics that work for a general audience.
You read through them, discard the majority of them that don’t apply to your life, and find the handful that are actually useful to you.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a personal frugal assistant who did this filtering for you, leaving you with just a few tips that actually made a big difference in your life?
You actually do already have this. It’s called your social network.
Your friends know where you live. They know where you work. They know what you enjoy doing. They know the things that you like. You know the same things about them.
If there’s someone out there who’s going to be able to find a frugal tip that’s going to work for you and not bug you with something useless, it’s a friend.
So, how do you get this trend started? You do it by sharing first.
Whenever you hear a frugal tip that seems like it would sync really well in the life of one of your friends, remember it and share it. Tell that friend about the tip. Facebook is a perfect avenue for this kind of thing.
Don’t overshare. Stick to the frugal tactics that you are sure will be genuinely useful and new to the person you’re sending the tip to. Look for ones that really solve problems in their life, particularly ones that can be executed with minimal effort.
What you’ll find is that your friends will eventually begin sharing with you. They’ll look for tips that perfectly match your situation and share them. Some of them you will have heard, of course, but when you get a tactic that just fits your life to a tee, it can be a tremendous help.
Even better, this type of exchange is a form of “money buddy,” which means you’re mutually encouraging each other to remain frugal. A person who pops up every once in a while with a frugal tactic encourages you to keep thinking about it, not just as a money-saving and life-enhancing methodology, but as a social one, too.
Share, and share alike.
This post is part of a yearlong series called “365 Ways to Live Cheap (Revisited),” in which I’m revisiting the entries from my book “365 Ways to Live Cheap,” which is available at Amazon and at bookstores everywhere.