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I found a young grandmother who fell on hard times and needed a place to live. We were able to help each other out. She lives in a spare bedroom and cares for my baby while I am working. She also does the majority of the cooking and light housework in exchange for living quarters. Lucky me! I now have more time with the baby and don't have to pay a chef, housekeeper or a sitter! We both feel we got the best end of the deal and are both better off.
By K. Kahn
By Shari from Greer
She only earns $5 an hour from us, but this goes to offset her trip expenses and she was more than happy to honor this arrangement. Apply the "credit system" for any family member who sits for you and save the money for a large ticket item.
This system requires you to be disciplined: first you must save the money each pay period and secondly, you must not dip into it for other purposes if you hope to have enough to cover expenses when they are incurred. But isn't that what the frugal life is all about? Saving and spending to meet your families priorities.
Bartering should be on all of our minds right now, with the economy the way it is. Start a "Babysitting Bartering Group". You can keep a schedule and barter hours like money. That way you get "free" babysitting with trustworthy and dependable babysitters.