Influence Others to Save Is An Effective Frugal Tip

by David Ning · 8 comments

friends help you be frugal

During the frugal week when I spent just $34.01, I found that walking was a great activity for the mind and wallet. I told myself that when my wife came back, I will need to include her in this new activity. Last night, we went out for a nice walk and it was fun, it was healthy and it was a great chance for us to communicate.

This got me thinking. Isn’t the most effective frugal tip to actually influence people around you to be thrifty?

How Frugal Friends Can Help You

Our circle of friends can actually help us save so much.

Share Ideas
First of all, like-minded friends get along better and can share ideas with each other. For example, my friend who’ve found a frugal tip that worked would definitely share it with me.

Having a group of friends that share the same goals will also allow us to discuss ideas and hear other people’s point of view before we actually try out new ideas.

Get Togethers Will Be Cost Effective
Frugal people doesn’t like to spend money unnecessarily. Have you ever wished that gatherings with friends are a little less expensive? This won’t happen if many of our friends are frugal minded.

No More Keeping Up with the Jones
Surrounding ourselves with people who are frugal also means there is no need to compare. We won’t want to buy that Mercedes because our friend just got a new BMW as we all know that our current car is still running perfectly.

Keeping Each Other Accountable
We can also keep each other accountable because we know frugality is something we should all strive for. We will start feeling bad buying a large screen TV unless we can absolutely afford the extra expense.

Time for Action

No, I’m not telling you to change all your friends. Instead, make it a point to influence someone you know to start a frugal activity. It doesn’t matter if it’s getting them to cook at home more often, getting them to understand the power of clipping coupons or even showing them how great walking can be. Influence everyone to become frugal, and they will in turn help you save more.

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My Daily Dollars September 25, 2008 at 9:37 am

Very true. I’ve found that since I’ve started blogging, all these bloggers influence me to be more frugal. Then, when friends of mine read, it influences them to be more frugal. It’s a nice little cycle we’ve got going and certainly makes it easier for me to watch my spending.

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Scott @ The Passive Dad September 25, 2008 at 11:04 am

Having frugal friends does impact my spending habits. I can’t recall a time when one of my friends has said “wow” when I bought someone of value. It doesn’t faze them at all. It’s funny but the opposite works for them and they get fired up if I tell them I didn’t spend any money or if I challenge them to spend less. The best complement I can give one buddy is that he’s my role model for frugality. No cable tv and no entertainment budget.

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Uncommonadvice September 26, 2008 at 4:36 am

Once you’ve conquered your partner, having frugal friends would really help. The more people that can support you the better.

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Matt September 26, 2008 at 6:10 am

Definitely have to remember the online community when counting friends. I pick up more ideas from reading blogs than most other sources. Getting your better half on board is also a great step forward – I think we are almost there too.

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marci September 26, 2008 at 10:18 am

Lots of great ideas and that sense of kinship on the frugal blogs :)

My best bud and I have like minds on freebies and living frugaly. Between the two of us we have a “Scrounge of the Day” award….just a verbal recognition that one of us really did well on the freebies or frugalness that day. It keeps it fun and we compare where we find great deals, as well as just what’s on sale at the grocery store.

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Debt Consolidation Toronto June 15, 2009 at 12:38 pm

A person is greatly influenced by their surroundings and I agree that having frugal friends greatly impacts the way you spend. This is very interesting post and I think that it is advantageous to influence your friends on being frugal. It helps everyone in remaining at the same level and collaborating together to come up with better ideas and tips.

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Zellie December 25, 2010 at 12:46 am

Frugality is fun, AND done right, there is NO sacrifice…IF that can be communicated effectively to my siblings and friends…LIVES would change for the better….In the meantime….setting an example is what I do.

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Bobbie Sena December 15, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Do not ever try to buy anything unless you have the cash to pay for it. Pay all basic bills such as rent and utilities before spending any money at all. Then spend only the money left over after basic bills are all paid. Eat only healthy home cooked food such as pinto beans, cornbread, and salads. Take the bus until you have made sure you can afford the car, maintenance, and gas and insurance. Drink coffee only if you make it at home. Do not eat fast food or drink sodas. You will be healthier as well as richer. Write out a carefully planned budget and carefully planned weekly menus. Write a grocery list based on the weekly menu. When I was a 16 year old college student living at the YWCA in 1951, I ate a hard boiled egg, an apple, a carton of milk, and free crackers for lunch every day. I had to work 30 hours a week so I did not have time to cook. I still was able to be frugal and healthy. It can be done.

Luck to all, Bobbie Sena

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