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.
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.