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Frugal Friendship

Jan 14, 2010

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pIt’s that time again, and I’m anxious to give away not one, not two. . . but four copies of  a href=”http://www.daveramsey.com” target=”_blank”Dave Ramsey’s/a The Total Money Makeover. There’ll be one for you and one for three of your closest friends!/p
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It’s only fitting, since this week we are looking for tips on how to maintain friendships on a budget!/strong There is nothing like the encouragement that comes from our friends. Just today, one of my long-time girlfriends emailed me to get a bit of advice and encouragement regarding living on one income, just in case her company downsizes. I want to be there for her – and we need to be there for each other.br
pSo, how do you either encourage your friends to live frugally, or enjoy each others company without spending a small fortune in cash?/p
pemHere’s my Frugal Friendship tip:/em/p
pMy friends and I will often get together at my house with our small children for a playdate/girlfriend time. We relegate the children to the outdoors to play under our watchful eye, as we sit around tea at the kitchen table and have some good conversation. Other than the occasional “emHe did it”  /emtype interruption, we always have a delightful time. We discuss the children’s menu and our menu before they come, and each mom brings a couple things. By dinner time, every child is fed and so are we. We’ve had a great time and so have the kids. And it all cost less then if we’d gone to play at a fast food joint. (Although I admit we do that on occasion too :)/p
pspan style=”letter-spacing: 0.0px;”Another tip just came to mind. My cousin (who is one of my best friends) and I will get together to do each other’s hair. It takes about 2 hours to put small twists in mine and the same for her. So, on occasion, we’ll get together with two movies from Red Box ($1 each) and have a delightful evening, while having our hair done at the same time. We’ve saved on entertainment and on a hair stylist visit.br
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Your turn!br
pPS. . .Wanna catch up or add to all the great tips we’ve gathered over the past Frugal Fridays? Click on these links. You won’t be disappointed./p
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pa href=”http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/frugal-friday” target=”_blank”Frugal Friday/a/p
pa href=”http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/frugal-friday-dumping-debt” target=”_blank”Dumping Debt/a/p
pa href=”http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/frugal-friday-monday” target=”_blank”Frugal Friday – Monday/a/p
pa href=”http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/entertaining-dime-frugal-friday” target=”_blank”Entertaining on a Dime/a/p
pa href=”http://www.goingbeyond.com/blog/frugal-friday-can-you-relate” target=”_blank”Can You Relate?/a/p