[Saving At Garage Sales]
[Finds In Grandmas Attic]
[Bartering For The Extras]
[Decorating On A Budget]
[My One Cent Worth]
Certain extras just can't be put in the budget,
so what do you do if you really, really want them? Barter for them.
To start this page should be dedicated to my husband who is the King of
bartering in this house. He has always been able to get us the things we really
want but couldn't afford otherwise by bartering. Jay is a Jack of all trades and
can do everything from plumbing to electrical work to house painting. He is also
very good at it.
Here are a few tips to get you started. You of course can go bigger if you
Figure out what talents you have that you may be able to barter
for something in return. Can you sew? If you can sew, offer to hem slacks or
make halloween costumes? Are you good with kids? Many families really need
someone to watch their kids while they have a night out alone. Can you decorate
cakes? Offer to take the load off someones time or wallet for their next party.
What about painting, weeding, grass cutting, dog washing, cleaning, cooking a
few meals, or errand running? These are just some examples, everyone is good at
Decide what kind of time you have to to do the extra work if you
choose to barter services such as the above mentioned. Painting someones porch
may take a weekend. Can you give that kind of time? Is it worth it for what you
are bartering? Decide how long you will offer a service such as errand running
for each barter and its own worth and see if that fits into your schedule. Will
you be able to finish what you start? Take these things into consideration.
Think of items you have to offer for trade. Maybe you are a great
gardener but always have way too much and it rots if you don't give it away. The
lady next door thats babysits could really use the fruits and vegetables for
lunches and snacks. How convienent if you need a sitter on Wednesdays and
Fridays. Many of us have something extra to give. What about firewood? Did you
just chop down all those dead trees on your property? Or left over 2 by 4's from
your last remodeling project? Just redecorated? What are you doing with the
furniture, and the curtains? Think over what items you may have some 'extra' of.
Keep your ears and eyes open! You don't know what others need and
what others are offering if you don't listen to the people around you. Mr. Jones
put his computer from last year up for sale and needs firewood. You do not know
this if you didn't listen to Suzy Q. gossip over the fence about how he buys a
new computer every year and that their yard looks much bigger now without the