Bartering To Stretch Your Dollars Even Further

by Merissa on August 26, 2010

in Thrifty Living

Bartering....sounds like something they did just back in the day. But I think that bartering(haggling, trading, whatever you call it!) can be extremely beneficial to your budget in this day and age.
I personally love to trade! I do it in many different areas of my life in many different ways. I like to use Paperbackswap to trade books that I no longer want. I trade those in for credits which I can use for books that I do want!
I love to find things on my local Swap and Sell site or on my local Freecycle site. Freecycle isn't really trading but in a way it is. You put on stuff that you don't want anymore. Other people put stuff on that they don't want. And no money is involved. The Swap and Sell site is awesome also, you can sell things outright or you can ask to trade for something else. A few months ago I swapped some foods I cleaned out of my pantry for foods that I would use.
I like to trade my mom for stuff all the time. My mom hasn't really got into serious couponing yet so she can use some of the things I can get for cheap. I trade those for various things including groceries, meat, ect.
The other day at the Farmer's Market I needed to get some tomatoes for canning. All of the tomatoes I saw were priced $2 - $3 a pound which is way too much in my opinion. I found a stand where the tomatoes were unmarked. I asked the farmer how much his tomatoes were. He told me $2.50 a pound or $2 a pound if I buy 10 pounds. Then I asked if I could get a deal if I bought more than 10 pounds, like alot of pounds! He went to his van and got a huge box of tomatoes out of the back and put it on the scale. Then he said, that's 45 pounds, I can sell the whole box to you for .75 a pound! Now I have a million tomatoes but it was worth it! .75 a pound is an excellent price and since my big tomatoes didn't come up I really needed these to make sauces for use this winter.
Also, when I go to rummage sales I never consider the tag the final price(unless it says firm). Like my hubby likes to tell me, it doesn't hurt just to ask, the worst thing they can do is tell you no!
HERE is a great little article I found yesterday about bartering.
Do you trade? What do you trade for? What do you think of haggling? Let us know in the comments!
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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ayla Strouse August 10, 2012 at 6:44 pm

I loved your article.Really thank you! Cool.

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2 Kristine Warner December 27, 2013 at 9:01 pm

Sewing for homemade Soap.

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3 Angelia Johnson December 27, 2013 at 9:10 pm

I am a wedding Officiant so sometime I will barter…

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4 Jill Campion December 27, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I barter for my daughters art and dance lessons. I tutor the art instructor’s son while my daughter is at her art lesson and I chauffeur the dance studio owners daughter 2days a week in exchange for ballet lessons. :)

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5 Paula December 27, 2013 at 9:30 pm

I’m provide a cleaning service, and I trade this service for Haircuts, coloring, perms, manicures and pedicures, with my niece, who is a cosmetologist. Love this idea. Would like to do more bartering. Housekeeper in Il.

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6 michelle December 27, 2013 at 10:06 pm

I love to barter! If you ever in anything ceramic I the lady to barter with :)

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7 Karen Havran December 28, 2013 at 4:30 am

Good article. I trade massage for hair cuts.

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8 Sylvia Marie December 28, 2013 at 5:24 am

I trade my sewing skills for most anything, garden plants, seeds, produce,old furniture, barn boards(for future projects,) cleaning I could go on and on! :)

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9 Elaine December 28, 2013 at 6:03 am

I live in a townhouse apartment with my daughter. She calls me the townhouse homesteader. The maintenance men hunt and I trade my pickles and relishes for venison. I also trade my home made breads and rolls for apples and potatoes to dehydrate when they are in season and fresh. I’ve also bartered for free range chickens. I have filled my daughters pantry, cupboards and one end of the coat closet with things I’ve canned and traded for. If we were able to freeze more I would trade more, but apartment size refrigerators and freezers only hold so much. I think 2014 is going to be a busier trading year for me. I think I’ll start bartering some sewing skills.

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