Before I get busy on projects for the weekend I figured I better make sure to get my post done for today! It’s going to take some retraining my brain to remember to blog on weekends. I’m fighting a cold, too, so the brain isn’t so functional right now. I slept until 8:00 this morning and could totally go back to bed now.
Ironically I was planning to barter services this morning, so I decided that would be the perfect topic for today’s money saving tip. I have a friend who is a massage therapist, and she wanted some organizing help. I was all too happy to offer a swap – massages for organizing! But with my cold I figured a massage wouldn’t be so enjoyable today. (Nothing like lying on your stomach with your nose plugged up or running, and then switching to your back only to start hacking away. Good times.) So…we will reschedule, but the point is that a great way to save money is to swap services or goods!
I’ve been a member of Jazzercise for several years, and of the ones that I’ve belonged to, there has been an option to work as an office manager (checking people in to class) or a childcare provider (watching kids of those working out during class) to get free or discounted membership. I even cleaned the local Jazzercise for a while to get free classes. It might require some asking around, but I think we’d all be surprised how many bartering opportunities are out there!
I decided for the purpose of this post, and my own information, to do a little research on the topic. Here are some additional ideas for finding ways to barter:
- CraigsList has a “barter” section – who knew?! There are some Facebook pages for the same.
- www.u-exchange.com – This site is organized by state. You can search the listings to see if someone is looking for a good or service you can provide, or you can create your own listing. It’s free! TradeAway.com looks like a similar site.
- As kids outgrow or get bored with toys, why not swap using a site like www.toyswap.com? Or create your own toy swap with friends. Maybe every month you could bag up a select number of items and trade for an equal amount. That way, each family gets “new” toys to play with and neither of you have to buy any!
- This is a great post by Money Saving Mom with ideas for trading and how to go about it. *She notes at the bottom of the post that according to the IRS, the fair market value of bartered items must be reported as income.
- This looked like another good article, and cautions against some of the online bartering sites that may not be legit. It did list U-Exchange as a good option, however.
- Organizing (hello!)
- Home improvement
- Home decor advice
- Party planning
- Painting – anything! Interior, exterior, furniture…
- Lawn care
- Crafts – maybe you make something somebody would trade goods or services for, or vice versa
- Garden produce
- Homemade jams, breads, etc.
- Crafted items – crocheted clothing or blankets, scrapbooks, wreaths…anything!
- Any items you no longer need or want (think unused decor, furniture, clothing, etc.)