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Use Bartering as Part of Your Budget Plan

When trying to stretch your Xmas gift budget, don't forget about the power of informal BARTER. At a church sale last weekend, I traded several bottles of fancy bubble bath and some hair product for a wooden screen I had. You can do that for all sorts of things! I have also bartered labor for discounts, etc. You could also offer to clean someone's house or apartment as a barter gift if you have more time than money!

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September 6, 20090 found this helpful

I'd love to barter but I don't know how to get started. I'd love to find someone to color and cut my hair. Also love to barter with someone who would mow and edge my lawn. I'm a senior and these things are eating up a large part of my budget. Don't plan on stopping the hair coloring and the yard is a necessity. Hard, down on the floor, bending and hard labor things have just gotten too painfull for me. Can do them but next day my joints are aching and back hurts.

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September 7, 20090 found this helpful

Seniors have a lot of skills they can barter. There's babysitting, prepping a week of meals for the busy couple, pet sitting & walking, tutoring. Place a free ad in your local senior center paper or other free media outlets.

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Some are on local TV channel websites. There are 'swap' sites on the web. Google search for them. Good thinking about bartering for what you need and conserve cash.

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