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The other day I was reflecting on how blessed I’ve been over the years by a community of families (mostly women) in my church. I began thinking of all the ways we’ve swapped items and services and cared for one another and I wanted to share some of these ideas with you, too. When we work as a community to share and help one another, we all win!
After thinking of all the different ways I could structure this post, I decided it might be simplest to just share some of the things we’ve done in bullet form. Here are the ones I could think of, and undoubtedly there have been others:
- Taught each other skills (couponing, gardening, etc.)
- Swapped coupons and stockpile items
- Swapped garden seeds, plants and produce
- Gone in together for bulk food purchases (meat, farm produce)
- Provided free childcare for one another from time to time
- Swapped lawn equipment and tools
- Shared less commonly used kitchen appliances such as canning equipment
- Swapped freezer meals
- Swapped clothing and accessories
- Swapped professional services (for instance I’ve swapped ad space before)
- Brought one another meals when someone had a baby or has been ill
- Shared a maternity wardrobe (I’m not kidding – some ladies in our church have been basically sharing the same set of maternity clothes!)
I would encourage you to meet up with some of your friends or neighbors to see what you might do to help one another in this regard. If there’s someone struggling with paying childcare, might there be a potential swap of services? If someone needs help getting a garden started, maybe they could make some freezer meals and organize a work party? If you’ve been needing to use a pressure washer and your friend has one, maybe you could ask to do something in return as opposed to buying one yourself? With a little creativity, you might find that money can be saved in new ways among friends.
What things have you done as part of a group to save money? I’d love to hear what you’ve done too!