Master Bartering: Strange Ways to Save Money

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how to master haggling to save money.

This week I’m giving tips on how to barter successfully. Like haggling, bartering isn’t often done in the U.S. I think part of it is because, as with haggling, people are embarrassed to barter. Some people feel uncomfortable suggesting that they trade resources or talents. We also lack many of the close community relationships that make bartering easier. When you’re close with your neighbors, church members, or coworkers, there’s a lot less discomfort in trying to arrange a deal.

Bartering is nothing more than trading one skill or resource for another. Maybe you trade an hour of mowing

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3 Responses to Master Bartering: Strange Ways to Save Money

  1. Daniel says:

    Good article! I’ve been bartering for quite a while now and I also do it online.

  2. Fred51 says:

    Thanks for a great article. I agree that people may be embarrassed to suggest barter. For one thing, it sounds too much like asking for a hand-out. (Obviously not true, but still feels that way). It implies that you are too cheap or too poor to offer cash. Americans have a long way to go with our attitudes about charity (giving people something for nothing) and our consumerism (buying brand new things and throwing them away when we are finished with them). What’s wrong with saying, “I have this thing of value and I’m willing to trade it for what you have”. Rather than embarrass, barter ought to foster people’s self-worth by encouraging two virtues: Personal productivity and free trade.

  3. patientsaver says:

    I love the topic, but you’re pointing out the obvious here.

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