Six tricks to save money by sharing with neighbours – from car pooling to garden tools

NEIGHBOURHOODS are getting together to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in June.

But you can share costs and resources with your community in other ways, for your mutual benefit . . . 

WHAT A GIVEAWAY: Neighbourhood WhatsApp groups are great for giving away items, such as kids’ clothes, toys, old furniture and books.

Also explore apps like Nextdoor and Freecycle which have items being given away locally.

THE BORROWERS: The Fat Llama app is great for hiring or renting out things. But don’t be afraid to ask to borrow from neighbours.

DIG IT: If you have got an apple tree or an abundant rhubarb patch, offer neighbours the chance to take what you don’t use to save it rotting. Chances are you will get a fruit crumble or similar offers back. If not, nothing is lost.


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PET PALS: See if animal-loving neighbours will take care of pets while you’re on holiday, to save costs of kennels or a sitter.

CAR SHARE: Popping out for groceries? Get in the habit of asking if anyone needs anything, to save on petrol costs. If you don’t have a motor, check out the Turo app, where you can hire one from people nearby to save on a rental firm.

BABY BUDDIES: Sharing childcare and babysitting with neighbours can be a money-saver. But check the law first.

If you are paying a friend or exchanging childcare with them, they aren’t legally allowed to look after a child under eight for more than two hours a day during normal working hours, unless they are a registered childminder.

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