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Money Saving Activities for Friends to Do Together

Updated on June 21, 2016
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MsDora, former teacher and Certified Christian Counselor shares tips for smooth relationships with friends and encounters with strangers.

My friend was telling me about the good feeling that comes with a back massage and a pedicure, when my thoughts were rudely interrupted. First, there was the memory of an article on frugality by a writer who calls himself Billybuc1, then the sound of Dr. Oz’s warning2 about fungus in the pedicure tubs.

Was there a way to obtain that good feeling without spending money and contracting germs?

Friends Laughing - Photo by Peter Swain
Friends Laughing - Photo by Peter Swain | Source

The answer came slowly but forcefully. What if friends learned the skills of manicuring and pedicuring, and became nail technicians for each other?

The prospect seemed exciting. Then my thoughts galloped on to other money-saving activities for friends to do together.

Including beauty salons, there are six areas listed below in which friends can have fun and save money at the same time.


(1) Beauty Salons

What if friends exchanged some movie time for Beauty and Fashion Tutorials on YouTube? The objective would be two-fold.

  1. Keep each other looking groomed;
  2. Save the money they would pay to the salon.

If friends learned to style each other's hair, they could still visit the salon for occasional specialized treatments, if necessary. However, they could save the weekly or bi-weekly fee of $45.00 for shampoo and styling.

It costs $40.00 to braid a child’s hair and an extra $5.00 for a few beads from the big bag available from the dollar store. Moms can help one another style their little girls’ hair.

Additionally, think of the social and emotional benefits of such caring, supportive friendships among singles as well as families.

NOTE: The advice from a licensed cosmetologist is that "performing beauty services on other people is actually against the Occupational Code in most states, even if services are performed for free."


(2) Travel

My friendly neighbor bumped into me at the airport which was an hour’s drive from where we lived. He was dropping off someone; I was picking up someone. I had driven there by myself; he was driving home by himself. We vowed that it would never happen again.

Friends can make carpooling a habit and save on the cost of gasoline. It takes just a query:

“I’m making a trip to someplace tomorrow; would you happen to need a ride out that way?”

“The next time you’re going to the farmer’s market (or to the mega-mall in the next city, or to the outlet store for school supplies), could we travel together?”

I imagine someone saying, “I like my privacy; I don’t want my friends to know what I’m buying.” Concentrate on the reason for doing it: you’re saving money. After a while, common sense would seem more important than what you consider privacy.


(3) Bulk Purchases

Bulk purchases of most commodities are less costly than purchasing individual items; but the single person still buys single items, mainly for two reasons.

  1. The single person’s budget does not allow for the bulk price;
  2. The quantity in the bulk package is more than the single person can use before the expiration date.

Solution? Friends buy bulk together, share and save. Friends can form their own little co-op (cooperative) type organization where they purchase organic foods at much reduced prices.

My participation in such a group was highly satisfactory. We bought health food items from an organic facility more than a hundred miles away. Delivery was free only for orders worth a minimum of $400.00. We made one large order monthly, got the food delivered at a central place, and without a delivery fee.

For those wholesale stores like Sam’s Club and Costco which offer memberships, friends can share the membership fees and shop separately on the same account, if it will benefit them.


(4) Vegetable Garden

Vegetable Garden at an Apartment Building -  Photo by Vmenkov
Vegetable Garden at an Apartment Building - Photo by Vmenkov | Source

Share the work and reap the benefits together. One summer two of my friends in a senior-living community approached me about sharing their garden plot. My thumb is any color but green, so I promised that if they did the planting, I would be responsible for the weeding and watering. I still remember the juicy tomatoes.

Friends who prefer not to work a garden plot can go picking together in gardens and orchards where they sell their fruits and vegetables. They can purchase strawberries, grapes, peaches in bulk and enjoy their time together juicing or canning. They can have a supply of preserves for an entire year for a few dollars and a lot of fun.


(5) Homes

After having roommates in college, and the first few years afterwards, most people want their separate abode. However, single friends have several options.

Of course, there are issues that can turn perfect friendships into nightmares when the friends live together; but love, respect and maturity can make the experience pleasant.

  1. If two friends own their own homes, they can live in one and rent the other.
  2. If they live in apartments, they can rent a three bedroom unit which allows them to have some extra space, while they still pay less than if they live alone.

The declining economy and high unemployment rate have made people find feasibility in these kinds of arrangements. Even single mothers with children have shared their homes with the awareness that it was the only way to survive the difficult times.


(6) Business

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Fundraiser Thrift Shop for Military Spouses. Author information lacking. | Source

If you had the opportunity would you have friend as a business partner?

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There are also opportunities for friends to make money while they save money. Three friends, all mothers, shared their ideas and start-up cost for a preschool daycare. They were able to watch their own kids, while they received an income.

Friends can engage in various types of business together. Here are three, for example. The friends can continue their full-time jobs and treat these as secondary part-time activities while the business grows.

  1. A thrift shop starting out with personal items from the friends (and donations from other friends), used but in good condition; they may be their own first customers.
  2. Tutoring classes in the skills that each friend has (they may tutor each other’s children or each other)
  3. An online store or distributorship for which friends share the responsibilities while each person gets to make purchases at cost price.

If friends really want to help each other save and make money, and they give serious thought to the idea, they will find opportunities.

Jimmy Vee and Travis Miller, friends in business have the final say: "If there were more genuine friendships in business the world would be a much more enjoyable, simple and prosperous place."

References

1. Holland, Bill: HubPages, Basic Strategies for Frugal Living, (06/05/2014)

2. The Doctor Oz Show: Dr. Oz Video, Oz Investigates Nail Salon Dangers, Pt. 2 (05/10/2010)


© 2014 Dora Isaac Weithers

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    • RachaelOhalloran profile image

      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      Hi MsDora,

      We have located and joined a co-op every place we have ever moved because we believe in community spirit and sharing time and talents with our neighbors.

      Your hub reminds me of it. At the co-op, anyone who has a special skill, time, (or willingness to learn) barters for whatever they need so that most people pay little or nothing for supplies, personal care grooming, food, and child care.

      The details of your hub reminds me of how we all got started in co-ops. Sadly, there are not more of them still around. People don't want to donate their time or talents anymore when they need to earn money to live on. If they would look at the bigger picture, they would find they didn't need THAT much money after all.

      Rewards of co-oping = helping each other, giving time, talents, learning new things, friendships, basic needs

      Price of co-oping = Priceless.

      Voted up and shared

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      some of these make good sense MsDora..

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Great article. I say hooray to all your suggestions.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      Terrific ideas, Dora. Voted up and more, plus sharing this gem!

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      Joanna Chandler 2 years ago from On planet Earth

      If only the world had more honest people is right.... business always starts off nice but then someone gets greedy and want a bigger piece of the pie and then its the end of friendship. I prefer go solo but the other examples you give are good ideas.

      Thanks for sharing

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Rachel, you make such good points in favor of the co-op; too bad that people are giving up on the relationships that add value (in this case, social and financial) to our lives. Thank you so much for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Frank, I'm glad some of the suggestions appealed to you. Thanks for your valuable feedback.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eric, thank you. I appreciate the cheers.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Flourish, I appreciate your continual support. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Lady Fiddler, I realized that not everyone would endorse the idea of friends in business; however it works for some and I include a link with such an example. Still, different strokes for different folks. I appreciate your comment.

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      JR Krishna 2 years ago from India

      Yes. These really make sense. But problem is that some of us are so introvert and do not want to mingle so much with the neighbor.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great opportunities and sounds a wonderful idea. I don't mind having a friend in business but will have t o carefully consider the idea.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thumbiz, you raise a good point there. Different personalities find different reasons to pull away from other people, but I hope that if there is a need, they will put these excuses aside. Thanks for your contribution.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Every venture needs caution, Devika. thans for introducing that issue.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love these suggestions....well, the beauty parlor doesn't do me much good. :) You know I'm a frugal nut, and these are perfect for a frugal person. Nicely done, Dora.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Learning from you, Bill. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Word 2 years ago from Chicago

      Hi MsDora, those are very good ideas to do after establishing true friendships. Thank you for sharing this good info.

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      ologsinquito 2 years ago from USA

      These are some great ideas to bond with your friends and to save money and resources at the same time. Voted up and shared.

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      Mary Wickison 2 years ago from Brazil

      Excellent ideas. Where I live in Brazil, I tend to swap what we have growing for other things the neighbors have. It may not happen at the same time but that is okay.

      Also once a week I drive to my friend's house and then we go together to the supermarket, post office etc.

      I also swap English lessons for Portuguese lessons. I love your idea about the manicure/pedicure and hairstyling as well.

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      Kathleen Odenthal Romano 2 years ago from Bayonne, New Jersey

      I love hubs helping me save money! Thanks! Voted up and shared

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      Melissa Knight 2 years ago from Murfreesboro, TN

      I love these ideas! So many people are trying to rebuild their savings and get back on track, but I think some of these encourage bonding and working together to enjoy a finished product that has been made together! It's time to bring back this type of friendships! Thank you for the wonderful ideas!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Word, I get you. Seal the friendship and then add the business. Good counsel. Thank you.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Ologsinquito. That's the idea. Friends in business also remind us to make time for the friendship outside of business.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Blond Logic, you are so on track with this friendship/money-saving thing. I appreciate you sharing and confirming that it can be done. Thanks!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Kathleen, I'd really like to do some more on this topic. Thanks for your encouragement.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Melissa, I agree. "It's time to bring back this type of friendships!" Necessity may help us. Thank you for your input.

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      Elizabeth Parker 2 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Very original and helpful advice here! Definitely something to think about.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      EP, thank you for your feedback. I appreciate your continual visits and comments.

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      K.A.E Grove 2 years ago from Australia

      I really liked these ideas a lot, the village mentality is something i think is missing in this modern world of ours. sharing our lives, small things to be things with those closest to you is not only good for our wallet its also good for heart

      a great hub, voting up and sharing on!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      A great hub and thanks for sharing.

      Eddy.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      Very practical and useful!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nighthag, thanks for your observation. I agree wholeheartedly.

      Thanks for your input.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks, Audrey. I'm into trying some of these suggestions myself.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Eiddwen, thank you fore reading and offering your feedback. I appreciate you.

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      Dianna Mendez 2 years ago

      I have often talked with a friend about opening a tea shop. Having a good friend you can trust is worth gold. Great article with sound advice!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Glad you agree, Teaches. If it has worked for some, it can work for others. Thanks for your comment.

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      Janellegems 2 years ago from North Carolina

      These are awesome suggestions to save money. I have seen ladies and moms spend so much weekly on hair. It would save them if they followed your advice. Your tips are very useful and helpful. Thanks for sharing.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      Great ideas MsDora, I get on well with my neighbors so we do share lots of things which save money, babysitting not for money but swapping stuff, looking after their dogs etc, and one of my friends is a hairdresser! lol!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Janelle, thanks for the affirmation. Moms especially need to save as much as they can these days.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Nell, you have good neighbors and friends. You're doing much of the right things. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      MsDora,these are beautiful and very practical ideas. Save money, solidify friendships and improve your community, if only we could go back to basics. I love the idea of buying bulk and sharing. A wonderful hub, great ideas.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Jo, thank you for your valuable input. The way you summarize it, everybody should be participating.

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      Peg Cole 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      These are practical ways to save money and I really like the one about car pooling. So often in the Dallas traffic I saw the same cars coming and going to work and with the cost of gasoline shared, it just makes sense to ride together when possible. I love the thrift store one.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Peg, carpooling is one of the easiest money savers if we would just take the time to organize it. In fact, if we thought about it, we may come up with many other ideas. Thanks for your input.

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I love the idea of gardening with friends. One of my blog readers was just telling me yesterday that she and her neighbor have started a garden project together.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Deborah, gardening with friends is fun and healthy-physically and emotionally. Thanks for your input.

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      Dreamer at heart 2 years ago from Northern California

      Your article stimulates thinking about all kinds of ways people can share expenses and enjoy projects together. I appreciate your suggestions and think the garden project would be fun.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Starstream, thanks for offering some feedback; the garden suggestion seems to be one of the more popular ones. I've done it myself in the past and it worked quite well.

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      RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

      These are wonderful ideas that we should not only keep in mind but use as a springboard to think through ideas that would work best in our own situations! Though I can't see using all you offer here in my own situation, I like each one.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Robert, thank you. Great to have such an open mind! Sure, these ideas can inspire many more.

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      Shaloo Walia 15 months ago

      Really great ideas... I loved the last one specifically!

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 15 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your support, Shaloo. I appreciate you.

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