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Friends with Benefits – Don’t be ashamed of your thrifty ways, share discounts and perks and among friends and benefit from extra savings.
Friends with benefits can be great and no I’m not talking about that sort of friends with benefits but sharing perks among your friends. If you are already openly thrifty then you friends are probably aware of your money saving ways and hopefully keen to join you. Others may not be so quick to convert. However, when they realize the savings that you both could be making they may well be keen to hop on board. Here are some ways you can share money saving perks with your friends.
In the Supermarket
When I was younger Morrisons used to be famous for it’s Buy one Get One Free deals. They would have loads every week and then in the run up to Christmas there would be loads of Buy One Get Two Free deals as well. I worked with a friends mum and we would often pop in together, pick up the bargains and split the cost. Thing is, when things are BOGOF you don’t always need that much of a product or have the space to store it. It also pays to check prices haven’t been massively inflated beforehand.
While Morrison’s no longer run such lucrative offers they idea of shopping with a friend and sharing the benefits has never quite left me and could still easily applied today. BOGOF offers to rather seem to have died a death in favour of rolls backs, but there are still lots of ‘Two for £3’ or ‘Four for £5’ offers about. Doing a shop with a mate targeting these type of offers could still save you some dosh. Just try not to get in a fight at the till over who gets the loyalty points!
Another idea would be to split the savings on conditional spend vouchers. You know the ones £18 off an £80 spend or whatever. Shop together, have cash ready at the till and split the saving between you. Personally I never spend enough in one go to be able take advantage of these vouchers – splitting them with a friend would mean I might be able to.
I also have a family member that lends me their supermarket staff discount card on occasion, usually on a 20% day in the run up to Christmas.
I really like eating out but it’s rare I eat out somewhere I can’t get a discount. My biggest savings usually come from my Tastecard. I always use it when eating out with friends – I benefit and so do they. We both essentially get our meals half price so it’s win win. Just because they didn’t pay towards the Tastecard doesn’t mean I’m not going to use it. And if you do always eat out with the same friend it may be worth getting one and splitting the cost between the two of you. I find I usually save what it costs within two or three meals.
With Free Food
I love Grabbing free food from the shopping apps. Often there are items for free that either I don’t like or won’t use. Or I just have lots of something and want to share the love. I’ll often take these surplus items to one of my friends. She, in return will give me veggies from her garden in the summer. I know to a lot of people this will just sound like normal sharing between friends, and if that’s you already that’s great. If not, what are you waiting for, start finding ways you can share the love.
With your Skills
When I was planning there was a lady in some of the wedding groups I was in swapping her skills for things she needed for her wedding. She was a web designer offering to build websites for small businesses who would supply her with things she needed for her wedding, such as flowers and a cake. Whether she got everything she was looking for, I don’t know. But this did get me thinking. Yes, we probably do already skills swap with friends and family to a point, but there always might be room to push it that little bit further.