Ways to be a better neighbor – without breaking the bank

More than 90 percent of Americans are very positive about having good neighbors. Being a good neighbor can help you make a difference and feel a sense of power in your life.

More than 90 percent of Americans are very positive about having good neighbors, according to results from a NeighborWorks America national poll. More than 80 percent report that where they live has a strong sense of community and people know each other well. One of the challenges of living in a neighborhood or apartment community is using behaviors to get along with others. Here are a few low-cost suggestions on how to be a good neighbor and a positive member of your community.

The overwhelming majority say that their neighbors would help them in these ways: Pick-up mail, take out the trash, borrow a tool, or another favor—86 percent. Check in on an elderly neighbor—91 percent. Watch their child in an emergency—82 percent. Rake leaves or shovel snow—88 percent.

Several additional suggestions to be a better neighbor, adapted from the University of Kentucky, include:

  • Say hello and get to know your neighbors. Open the lines of communication. Introduce yourself if they appear receptive. A simple smile and saying hello can lead to meeting new people and making new friends, especially new neighbors. Exchange phone numbers and email addresses for future contact.
  • Provide community information to neighbors.
  • Invite neighbors to have coffee, to block parties, clean-ups, annual meetings and other events.
  • Take pride in your environment. Keep visible areas neat and tidy. Keep your yard, porch, and balcony clean and free of litter to make it appear more appealing.
  • Be on the lookout for the safety of your community. If you observe any suspicious behavior or unusual things such as loud noises, report it to local authorities.

 Being a good neighbor can help you make a difference and feel a sense of power in your life. You can use your skills and talents with others or learn new abilities. This can lead to feeling appreciated and a sense of belonging to the community. And these activities are low-cost, allowing you to stay within your spending plan found at MIMoneyHealth.org.

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