Do you have a support group? It can save you money!
For most people it takes years to build up enough contacts and friendships to form a good support group.
The Shortcut to Get a Support Group
I learned how to take a shortcut to getting a good support group from my daughter-in-law.
The Moms’ Group Uses Facebook
When she moved to a new town, she joined a mother’s group in the area. They friended each other on Facebook so they could quickly set up play dates.
She met other moms who shared parenting tips as well as
- names of their favorite doctors
- who was having a sale on kids’ clothing
- the best discounts to local events
- the locations of really good garage sales with kids’ large toys
- the best playgrounds
Some of this was done at the playground, but much of it was on Facebook.
The Community Group on Facebook
From the mom’s group she learned that her town had a community group on Facebook . That really multiplied her information sources. She doesn’t know most of the people personally, but everyone is eager to share what they know as they would to a friend.
For example, if she needs repairs, she describes her problem on the community group. Within minutes she gets replies from people who have had similar problems detailing how it was fixed and recommending people to fix it. She even had retired plumbers giving her detailed advice on Facebook.
Create Your Own Facebook Support Group
If your area doesn’t have something like this, why not get one started? You could probably leave notes about it at stores, the library, or community center. Word should spread fast.
Life can be so much better with a support group. Give yourself this gift!
This post is part of a series of 50 posts sharing ways to save more money this year. You can save at least $1500 more if you follow these tips. Click here to see the current list.