The 2 photos above are of a recent barter I did. I scored 2 pair of jeans (basically brand new, worn only one time each) and a shirt that I purchased for myself today. Now you might be asking why I said I purchased them when this is a post about bartering.
Touche’. You ask a good question.
Let me tell you just HOW I purchased them. I “paid” for them with a brand new make up kit I had no use for and $2.00 in cash. You read that right. I gave just $2.00 for 2 new pairs of jeans and a cute shirt. To make the deal even sweeter? The make up kit cost me 0.00 out of pocket because I got it from a rewards site. So all in all, I have exactly $2.00 out of pocket invested in these items.
According to Dictionary.com, to barter means:
to trade by exchange of commodities rather than by the use of money.
This can be a huge money saving tool for you to learn to use in saving money for your family!
I love to barter. It’s a GREAT way to get the items that you need in exchange for items you don’t. In the past, I have bartered for clothes, food, shelter, toys, a laptop, my daughter’s crib when she was small (was brand new, no mama drama about used cribs please, it was less than a year old.), and a ton more. I am ALWAYS on the look for things that I need and things (or services) that I can offer as a trade. The art of bartering has been lost over the years and I find that incredibly sad!
In days gone by? Bartering was a skill that was necessary to make it in life. If you wanted eggs but didn’t have a chicken, you’d barter with Mr. Jones who needed the milk that your cow gave. If you needed lumber to re-do the roof of your home, you bartered with Mr Smith for those supplies.
With the cost of everything in today’s world, I don’t understand why more people do NOT barter! Seriously! It’s a great way to save money in your budget! Because of the deal I brokered today, I now have, at the very least, $38.00 more in my pocket and that’s assuming I could find “fluffy girl” jeans for $20.00 each. That $38.00 can now be applied to another area in my finances if needed or simply saved away for a rainy day.
I know…now you’re sitting there thinking, “Great. I’d love to try that, but I have nothing to offer in trade!” Yes, you do. Can you clean someone’s home in trade? Do laundry as a trade? Become someone’s personal shopper as a trade? Teach someone to coupon in trade? Bartering and trading does not always apply to tangible items only and in all truthfulness, most of the items I have traded for have been in exchange for services like I just listed. Am I willing to clean someone’s home and garage three or four times in exchange for a years worth of fresh beef? Why yes I am! Do their laundry, even folding their underwear for clothes that will fit my child a year? Yup…there is NO shame in this Mama’s game..lol.
One last thing, I’ve seen a lot of ppl say that they’re embarrassed to barter or offer up a trade. Don’t be. Are you embarrassed to use a .20¢ coupon 15 times in one transaction? No, you’re not. So why be embarrassed about trying to save money this way as well. There have been many a time in the lives of the true barterer where their trading skills have fed their families, clothed their children and more. Take advantage of this. Learn to barter and start saving today!
For more info on bartering, please see the links below:
Listia (bartering site for TONS of different items)
Paperback Swap (Barter books)
SwapaDVD (Barter DVD’s)
SwapaCD (Barter Cd’s)
Now tell me, what have YOU bartered for in your life? What was your biggest bartering score?
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