Team Savings

We’re looking at all the ways to save some cold, hard cash – around the house.

And we wanted to wrap up this hour of today’s show with a great idea – and that is – saving money, by going in on projects big and small – with the neighbors!

Now let’s look at that! Neighbors around the country have been finding big savings by getting together on any number of household improvements and household chores, from landscaping and lawn mowing services to tree removal and roof replacement.

Many landscaping companies, for example, will offer a group discount to neighbors. Why? Because the company only has to go to one area! It saves them time and saves YOU money!

How much savings are we talking?

You may be able to save 20% or more off your weekly lawn mowing service by getting your neighbor to use the same company you do. That could add up to $400 per year … and you don’t have to do a thing except use the same lawn care company as your neighbor! How easy is that?

Also – here’s a big one…..

Before you buy mulch for just YOUR yard, ask your neighbors if they need some too. In fact, ask the entire neighborhood.

By purchasing mulch in bulk, you’ll likely get free delivery and possibly 15% or more off the price.

Need a lawn aerator? You’re likely not alone!

It’s always a good idea to aerate your lawn around this time of year to get oxygen and nutrients down to the roots, and to reduce the negative effects of compacted soil. You can rent a lawn aerator for about $120 per day. Get four neighbors to go in on it with you and you’d only have to then pay $30 each.

The more you share, the more you save.

Sometimes neighbor discounts come in the form of referral bonuses. For example, if both you and your neighbor get a fence at the same time you might both receive $100 off in referral bonuses. Maybe more!

Here’s another big job worth sharing: Tree removals. This can be costly, anywhere from $200 to $300 or even more, depending on how big the tree is and the others factors surrounding its removal, like grinding the stump. It’s not cheap.

So it’s worth a question to the tree removal company: Can I get a discount if my neighbor takes a tree down at the same time?

Your neighbor may not need a tree chopped down, but maybe he needs a tree trimmed or pruned. Large or small jobs pooled together among neighbors can still bring savings. That’s because a tree company can make more money in less time if they do a large volume of business in the same area. You might be able to get TEN percent off. When you’re talking about a costly job like tree removals, well, that can amount to big savings!

So next time you have a big or small house project, pop over to your neighbor’s house and ask if they want to join in. Or send out a letter to the entire neighborhood and see if any other neighbors want to pool jobs together for a group discount. The savings can be huge.

And what you can share among your neighbors really is only limited to your imagination! Share on landscaping and equipment costs, storage pods, dumpster rentals, driveway replacements … even a lawn mower can be purchased and shared between neighbors. Look for ways to partner up and start saving!

In a today’s economy, it really IS the neighborly thing to do!

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