Bartering Goods to Save Money

Posted by Mrs Money on August 26th, 2010

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Bartering can be one of the most fun and interesting ways to save money. What is bartering? Bartering is an exchange of services or goods. Bartering not only can help you save money, but it also can cut down on your consumption and help you get rid of clutter.

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A few weeks ago, I shot a family portrait session for one of my friends. She said she would pay me but I didn’t feel right charging her. A few weeks later I needed someone to let my dogs out at night when I was unable to, and asked her if she would be interested. I offered to pay her, but she declined. We called it even. It was a win-win situation!

Are you interested in bartering? There are many ways you can get connected with like-minded people. One idea is to check Craigslist. There are many people that list items on there that are interested in trading. Who knows- that old hutch you have in the garage may be worth someone else’s pony!

Your friends can be untapped resources when it comes to bartering. Do you know how to cut hair? Do you enjoy decluttering? Chances are, you are good at something that another person values. Find out what they are good at and exchange services!

Bartering can help create a strong sense of community and friendship. You can save money and help someone out, and that makes everyone feel better.

Have you ever tried bartering?

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4 Responses to “Bartering Goods to Save Money”


  1. Stacy Gordon says:

    Hey, nice article. Glad to read that I’m not the only one who loves to barter but I knew it already because I’m using a online site called barterquest.com to barter my goods and services. There are so many users with whom you can barter with and it’s a lot of fun.

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  2. My friends and I help each other host potlucks every month or so, so duties are constantly being exchanged. You’re right that it helps build stronger relationships – these are my closest friends ever!

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  3. Heather says:

    I have been bartering personal training for handyman services. It’s been working out well :-)

    I have another acquaintance who is interested in trading training for massage.

    I’m a little wary of setting up too many trading agreements, as I’m not really sure how to get out of them if they’re not going well. For example, if the massages aren’t very good, how do I bail out?

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