The barter system was used for centuries before the invention of money. It was a great way for people to exchange goods and services for other goods and services. The local Tailor may trade a nice pair of pants for a weeks worth of milk from theÂ dairy farmer. It didn’t really cost either person anything except their time and skills.
A few weeks ago a lady at work overheard me talking about needing a babysitter. She jokingly told me she would babysit for me anytime I wanted to come over to her house and cut her grass. I never really thought any more about it until a couple of days ago. Why wouldn’t I take her up on this barter for services?
We usually pay our babysitters $25 or so for a couple of hours of service. That’s a pretty big amount per hour for a babysitter, but we feel it’s not worth the hassle of someone coming to our house for less money than that. This can make a date cost upwards of $80 for dinner and a movie. Why wouldn’t I barter for free babysitting?
The lady from my work hates yardwork and tending to her lawn. She would much rather watch our kids for a couple of hours than cut the grass. I actually don’t mind yard work and I could always find an extra hour or so to tend her yard if it meant free babysitting.
Think of some ways you can use your skills to save some money. With the recent recession I think it’s possible you will start seeing more of the barter system being used. An ancient system may be making a comeback!