Sorry folks, we're opening this blog post with some rhetorical maths questions...
Take a little walk around your home and think about how much you spent feathering your nest... Furniture, decorations, paintings, cooking equipment, blankets, DVDs, ornaments... Getting a headache as the price rises? We know the feeling and your friends probably do to. Speaking of which, try multiplying the amount you spent on your home by the number of friends you have...
Pretty big number huh?
But that means there's plenty of penny saving that could be done! Stay with us for a minute, go back around your home and think of all the things you only use occasionally... CD's, board games, that cake tin you whip out once a year for your partner's birthday. Between you and your friends, how much could you save if you have one of each thing per group rather than per person.
Starting to sound a little better? You could swap almost anything if you wanted to. Fancy something different to do in the evenings, raid your friend's games box. Not just board games, that could mean computer games too. Are you a little bit of a bookworm? Instead of trying to cram yet more books onto your already overflowing shelves, worm your way through your friend's shelves. School bake sale coming up, and the children want to make their own... Don't splash out on a muffin tin you know will never see the light of day again, speak to your friend who basically has their own personal bakery set up in their kitchen...
Have some fun with it!!
Arrange a social night every so often, where you can swap to your heart's content! You could meet in your favourite coffee shop and bring what you're swapping with you. Or you can be really brave, take turns hosting and let your friends loose around your house!
If that sounds too much for you, or you're just short on time, you can always just ask. Set up a group on your preferred messaging app, it only takes a few seconds to send a quick message.
Get together, swap, share, save money and have some fun along the way. We declare the swap shop officially...
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