Sunday, October 3

Accidental Frugality -- Good Neighbors

Not a Good Neighbor!During a recent windy storm the shed in my back yard suffered damage. A small piece of wood that held the door closed broke in half and pulled out one of its nails. My new neighbor saw this happen, ran out in the storm, and screwed the door shut. This probably saved my poor old shed from total destruction.

Yesterday afternoon when I saw my neighbor working in his own yard, finishing up before the colder weather starts to arrive, I remembered that I had a couple beer in the fridge that some visiting friends had left behind the other day. So, of course, I hauled them out and headed outside.

While my neighbor was finishing up what he was doing I picked up the piece of wood that had broken off of my shed. My neighbor hands his nail gun over the fence and ten seconds later my shed is as good as before. It's not a new shed -- so I certainly don't mind a crack line above the doors.

Good deal! Having a good neighbor, and being a good neighbor, can save a ton of time, money and effort. Most notably, looking out for each other can limit or ward off costs associated with damages -- but it's also great to lend/receive a helping hand from time to time when work comes around.

I'm not going to talk about Karma or anything like that. However, if you are a good neighbor and have good neighbors it can make your life a lot easier. I know this is not news to most but having only recently purchased my own home the truth of this has become direct and visible.

Be a good neighbor!

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10 comments:

Cindy said...

Great reminder to us all. Unfortunately, the thing we have forgotten amidst our busy schedules is to be a good friend and neighbor. Thanks for the post

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JD said...

This is so true. I am friendly with one of my neighbors and when i had to go out of town for a week she took my garbage down my drive for me.

Hannah said...

The Golden Rule is always a great mantra to live by! Having good neighbors (and being a good neighbor) can make life a lot more enjoyable.

Boerworscurtain said...

Great post

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Alaina said...

Great post! Some of the most frugal things in my life are things friends and family hand over for free- hand me downs, old appliances, etc.

Company said...

Having a good neighbour is a true blessing, let me tell you that! I used to live in an apartment, surrounded by utter inconsiderate morons. Fortunately, I moved to the suburbs where now I have 2 great families as neighbours.

Anonymous said...

We have amazing neighbors, and it's one of the many reasons we haven't moved to a bigger, more expensive house. From reciprocal help with house/yard projects and house/pet sitting to borrowing a cup of sugar to emergency rides to the airport to hand-me-downs (or hand-me-over's) from their growing children, you can't put a price on it. We lucked into great neighbors in our first house, and am not sure we'd be so lucky the next time around! Still, the point that you can be a good neighbor wherever you live is a salient one.

Jenny Finney said...

I wish I had neighbors like that! I have one neighbor I hardly ever see and another that lives next door, that, I guess you can say...not sociable with.

I believe in doing good for others and ALWAYS believe in Karma. Good job!