Menu Join now Search

Bartering to Help You Save Money

Bartering and trading is nothing new; it has been going on for many, many years. Have you been capitalizing on this? If not, you are missing out on a tremendous opportunity to save money.

You might be saying to yourself, “Well, that just isn’t me, I don’t know how to sell.” Or perhaps you are saying, “I have nothing of value to trade.” While I understand what you are saying, I challenge you to put these faulty beliefs to rest as number one, you don’t need to be able to sell and number two, most everyone has some type of service they can provide.

Did you ever hear about the guy on eBay who started with a paper clip and after many, many trades ended up with a car? It’s true! I’m not proposing you try to do this but only to try to emphasize the value behind doing trade.

So, how to get started:

1. Evaluate and expand your circle of friends and contacts. After all, the more people you know, the more people they will know and eventually you will find someone who offers a product or service you need. This can be done through church events, mommy meet ups, Chamber of Commerce, etc.

2. Evaluate you and your husband’s talents. Perhaps you can provide baby-sitting service for roof repair work or provide some elderly care in exchange for appliance repair work. Perhaps you can provide some accounting service in exchange for gift certificates to a local pizzeria. The sky is the limit. I have a friend who provides free counseling services to someone in exchange to them keeping up his website.

3. Get started by asking around. Remember that rich and poor alike are nearly in the same boat in this economy. Many business owners have been forced to wear several hats in order to survive. This might just be the solution for them to help free up time and stress at a fraction of the cost.

4. Don’t take a “no” personally. In the majority of cases they aren’t saying no to you as a person but rather they just don’t have a need for your service.

5. The most important thing is to be creative, allow your mind to wander, get excited about the possibilities.

Originally Published on