My mom wasn’t lying when she said, “You are who you associate with.” Back in the day, when I was in high school, my friends and I influenced each other to the point where people thought we were all sisters. Now that my high school days are long gone, I’ve found it more difficult to meet like-minded people. As an adult, I meet new people either at work or through mutual friends, and even then it’s rare that we share the same frugal mindset. Thank goodness for the few girlfriends I do have who truly encourage me to continue couponing and saving money. Below are some ideas to try if you’re looking for frugal-minded people to befriend as well as some suggested things to do with them.
Ways to find your new best friends
- Social media: Let’s be real here, Facebook is the perfect place to gain more attention than a tantrum-throwing two-year-old in a mall. So use Facebook, Twitter, and KCL to share ideas, tips and frustrations. Use social media to persuade your current friends to be more saving-savvy and join a group within these sites to connect with like-minded super savers. Be more effective by reaching out to people individually.
- Start a coupon club at work: As mentioned earlier, meeting new friends as an adult is probably easiest at work. So send out an email and invite coworkers to save more money through couponing and tip sharing. Eat lunch with them and share experiences.
- Make friends with other moms: Moms are always trying to find the best ways to feed their children on the cheap and are readily willing to share ideas. Approach other moms at church, thrift shops, local libraries and PTA meetings. It’s very likely that they’re eager to make new friends just as much as you.
Things you and your frugal friends can do
- Exchange ideas: Every couponer I’ve met loves to share their experiences and ideas with others—it’s an inherent couponing characteristic, and I love it. Tips are meant to serve others, so be sure to talk about what has worked for you and what hasn’t.
- Swap coupons: Not all of us have allergies and need five packets of Allegra, but some of us do. Share your wealth of coupons with others and you’ll get valuable ones in return.
- Trade items you don’t want anymore: Everyone has clothes and toys they don’t use or need anymore. Better yet, we all have products we’ve acquired for free, thanks to couponing. So before you drop these items off at Goodwill, ask your friends if they’d like anything. Try throwing an apparel-and-toy-trading potluck for more fun and trading options.
- Inspire each other: Money-saving ways can sometimes be exhausting, and when you’re exhausted, you tend to give up. If you’re at that point, call one of your friends to keep you motivated. Whenever you cash in on a great deal, share it! Challenge each other to see who can save the most, and reward the winner with something easy like babysitting her kids so she can go on a date night.
- Have DIY nights: Get your girls together one night a week and do it yourselves. Make our DIY Anthropologie Spice Jars (click here for directions) so you can keep your home stylish and contemporary while sticking to your budget.
- Switch grocery lists: It’s so easy to stray away from your shopping list with impulse buys. Stop your urges and prevent wasting money by going grocery shopping with a friend and switch lists. Have fun and exchange ideas at the same time.