Learning to Barter

by Merissa on October 14, 2011

in Practical Food Storage

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In a higher priced economy, learning the skill of bartering or trading would be useful. In the case where money may not be worth as much or you have little left to go around, being able to barter an item or a skill for something you need will be very helpful.

To start, here are a few older articles I wrote about bartering:

How to Barter or Trade to Stretch Your Dollars

Bargaining

Both of those articles focus on trading products so here I'll talk about trading skills. The idea is simple, maybe you have a leaky sink that needs to be fixed and you don't really have the money to shell out on a plumber, however your neighbor happens to be a plumber and could fix it for you. Of course you don't have the money to pay him but he has some jeans that are in good shape but could use a little love from a seamstress and you happen to love to sew.....See how this works?

As long as both parties agree that this is a fair trade it's a great way to get things done without having an exchange of money, there is only an exchange of skills.

Even if you think you don't have any skills, you may still have something to trade. Maybe your friend would enjoy having a few loaves of fresh baked bread to fix your computer or maybe your brother-in-law is dying for someone to babysit the kids so he can have a night out with his wife and would be glad to trade babysitting for a little car tune up.

This could also work as an exchange of skills for goods. For instance, maybe you'd like your house cleaned and the person that cleans your house is ok with being paid in farm fresh eggs or meat instead of cash. You get your house cleaned and they get food for their table. As I said above, as long as both parties agree it's a fair trade, anything goes!

I really enjoy bartering and I do it all the time even now. Me and my mom almost always barter for things we need between each other. Maybe I need a few cans of home canned tomatoes and she needs facial tissue. We decide on what's a fair trade between us and then exchange the goods! We both spend no money but still get what we need.

Learn more about Practical Food Storage and Preparing for Price Increases. And make sure you check out how to save and live better in all areas of your life on the Making the Most page!

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1 Joy Slye-Nelson October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I bartered the doctor fee for the delivery of my second child. Using a barter service while living in California.

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2 Joy Slye-Nelson October 14, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I bartered the doctor fee for the delivery of my second child. Using a barter service while living in California.

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3 Jennifer October 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

My husband saved us 15,000 by trading work with an electrician. There was no way we would be able to afford to pay 15,000 to have our 1930′s house re-wired (which it desperately needed). So my husband was able to work out a deal where he helped the electrician remodel his bathroom, and the electrician re-wired our house! It worked out great and everyone is happy! Not to mention safer with a house up to code :)

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4 Jennifer October 15, 2011 at 10:04 am

My husband saved us 15,000 by trading work with an electrician. There was no way we would be able to afford to pay 15,000 to have our 1930′s house re-wired (which it desperately needed). So my husband was able to work out a deal where he helped the electrician remodel his bathroom, and the electrician re-wired our house! It worked out great and everyone is happy! Not to mention safer with a house up to code :)

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5 Missy Steiger October 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

We’ve traded help with butchering our hog for part of the meat.

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6 Missy Steiger October 16, 2011 at 6:53 am

We’ve traded help with butchering our hog for part of the meat.

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7 Daniel November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

I made some deals on this website called barterquest. I ‘sold’ my web design services for using a great vacation home in Malibu for a week. I would never have been able to afford that without bartering, although it took me some time of course. Nonetheless, great way of getting stuff!

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8 Daniel November 15, 2011 at 7:54 am

I made some deals on this website called barterquest. I ‘sold’ my web design services for using a great vacation home in Malibu for a week. I would never have been able to afford that without bartering, although it took me some time of course. Nonetheless, great way of getting stuff!

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