Could Teaming Up With Your Neighbors Really Save You Money?

Everyone is looking for ways to save money. Some people go on the computer. Some people go to their workplace. However, more and more people are actually going right outside their front door and asking their neighbors. Now, at first this concept might seem a little strange, especially if you’re not really on good terms with your neighbors. In the past, communities got together all of the time to save money. They would make bulk purchases and even just let the neighborhood know about a good sale that they should add to their lists. These days people really don’t know their neighbors, so it can be a bit awkward.

However, if my neighbors held the key to saving a lot of money, then you can bet I would definitely be trying to schedule something that would benefit everyone — not just myself. Services that lend themselves nicely to this purpose are yard mowing services and pest control. Usually if there’s a group involved, the company in question will offer a volume discount because you’ve brought so many customers into their doors. Sometimes you might have to politely remind the company that you’re on a different plan, but it’s still worth the savings that you’ll experience. There’s no real need to feel like you shouldn’t at least broach the subject with your neighbors.

Now be prepared — our neighbors have us a lot of vegetables and fruits as well as some meat, but the truth is that we don’t eat things as fast as they do just being two people. Therefore there ends up being a conflict when the trash needs to be picked up, and it’s a little hard conflict to settle. Your neighbors might be the same way — helpful, but very clueless on what you’re actually needing and what you don’t need. In order to make sure that you don’t hurt anyone’s feelings, you will definitely want to make sure that you sit down and have a real talk with your neighbors. If you already know each other, then it will be a lot easier to get things rolling. Yet you don’t have to rush into “business” first — why not take the time to really get to know the people around you? That’s what community is truly about.

Once you’ve built a bond with your neighbors, then sharing things to save money seems natural and effortless rather than forced. While everyone wants to save money, no one wants to feel like they’re being used only for a volume discount. That’s just not cool, and certainly not a way to make friends.

You have what it takes to band your neighbors together. The question is: will you?