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Would You Barter to Get What You Want?

Old-school savings are back in a big way. The recession has created a new generation of coupon clippers and deal hunters. But, it's not just about groceries and retail — even on big items, like home renovation. There's a trick to saving: try bartering.

I'll admit, the idea of bartering seemed a little beyond me — not just a retro throwback, but more like a nod to the real olden days. In actuality, bartering today is surprisingly sophisticated — and can get you a lot more than you might imagine. For instance, Camille Tominaro, whose vacation home needed a little renovation, used a little bartering innovation to get the job done. She posted her bartering proposal — a free vacation stay in her home, in exchange for the construction and improvements on the house — on Craigslist, and voila! Painters and carpenters responded to the add, did the work, and enjoyed their stay in the newly renovated house, as agreed upon.

Obviously, just as you would during a monetary transaction, be mindful of who you're trading with, look for references, and as a precaution, keep it local when you're trading services. So, what do you think? Would you try bartering as a saving solution?

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mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I walked by a boutique on my way to/from work and saw a dress in the window I loved. I saw several weeks later they were having a sale and I bartered to get the price down
mek123 mek123 6 years
I've never bartered but my sister who is a massage therapist said she tried it and it didn't work out because of conflicts how to value the services being exchanged and how to track them.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
We've done it before. One of my husband's friends does body work and my husband does mechanic work on the side. When my car's bumper got messed up, my husband's friend fixed it in exchange for a brake job from my husband. If you have the right connections, you can barter for all kinds of things.
cheekyredhead cheekyredhead 6 years
I was without dental coverage for several years...I got my dentist to exchange my dental work for some of my paintings to hang in his dental office. The upside is now he can give his patients one of MY cards if they love the artwork (commissioned one-of a kind is my specialty) and I give his card out to friends who want a dentist that isn't a money shark.
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