They teach you to share in kindergarten. Implementing that simple elementary principle could save you hundreds of dollars!

Here are the things I share in my life that save me money:

A dinner plate at a restaurant. I often share a meal with a friend or my husband when we go out to eat. Because I’m very anti leftovers, the larger portioned meals often go to waste. Splitting a meal and therefore the check just makes sense!

Carpooling. I share the cost of gas by trading off carpooling duties in the morning when shuttling my kids to school.

A lawnmower. 3 of my neighbors went in together on a riding lawn mower. They got a great deal on one & divided the total among them. Because the lawn mower is not used daily, it is an easy thing to share!

A tent trailer. We are in the process of buying a tent trailer. We will be splitting the cost with another family and will be able to use it every other week. We will automatically save 50% off what we would have paid if we purchased one on our own. And that 50% means thousands of dollars!

Clothing. My sister and I occasionally share clothing. If I have an event coming up where I would have a need for an article of clothing I would  have to go out and purchase (ie. a fancy cocktail dress), I will raid her closet first. I can often borrow the item and eliminate the need to spend a dime!

Movies/Music. If you find your family is getting tired of the same old CD and DVD collection, swap with your friends or neighbors for awhile instead of purchasing new ones.

Meals. A friend of mine is in a dinner co-op. She cooks dinner for 3 other families 1 night a week and then enjoys the next 3 cooking free nights as those families return the favor. She also saves so much money on meals because of it!

Babysitting. You can swap babysitting with a friend or go in together on a babysitter when heading out for a double date night with friends.

And there are just a few ideas. What do you share to save money?

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