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The Thrill of Bartering in a Frugal Lifestyle

Updated on May 22, 2014

Clarification Before We Begin

My grandfather could barely read. My grandmother had a sixth-grade education. They were people who were industrious. They were frugal.

Clarence Thomas

Frugality is a concept based on being thrifty with regards to the consumption of goods and services. It is based on the principle of spending money according to “needs” rather than “wants.”

I am not cheap. I am, however, frugal.

I live this lifestyle because of both choice and necessity. I was not born into wealth. I have worked hard my entire life, contributed to the economy as much as most people, and I pay my taxes on time. I have been homeless, and I have earned six-figure incomes. I have found, over that time, that happiness has nothing to do with the size of my bank account or the number of toys I own.

I am not against wealth, but I am against needless spending for the sake of needless spending.

So I am committed to frugal living, and I can see nothing in the future that will alter that commitment.

I have no problem whatsoever with spending money on the necessities of life, but imagine the sheer joy I experience when I am able to barter for those necessities rather than spend cash for them.

Today I’m going to tell you about one such transaction that recently happened.

My pride and joy
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I Am the Proud Owner of a 1997 Ford Ranger

For ten years I owned a Ford Ranger pickup, and I love those trucks. They are good on gas mileage, and they are very handy when times arise where I need to haul things to and fro. So when my last Ranger gave up and finally died two years ago, I was a bit saddened. For the next two years I went without transportation, and although it was doable, I vowed to one day own another Ranger.

One month ago that day arrived, and I shelled out $2,000 for a dandy 1997 model that would meet my needs.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that it now needs new brake shoes, and a quick check online informed me that if I have a mechanic do the job, it will cost between $150 and $300.

I don’t have that kind of money to spend on the repair job, but I do have an imagination and a willingness to get creative.

Enter my next door neighbor.

Meet Josh

Josh is an auto mechanic. Josh is also the husband to Lacey and the father of two adorable children.

Like all couples, Josh and Lacey are constantly struggling to make ends meet, so Josh is always happy to do odd jobs to make some extra cash.

Josh was over at our place the other day helping me start a stubborn lawnmower, when I happened to mention that my truck drove like the brakes were always engaged. He knew immediately what the problem was, and he offered to fix it for considerably less than what an auto shop would charge.

He offered to do it for free.

Yes, for those of you who are math challenged, that is considerably less than I would pay at an auto repair shop.

Why was Josh being so nice?

Of Course He’s a Good Neighbor, But…..

For the last few months, my wife and I have been giving Josh and Lacy free coffee.

Let me explain.

My wife, Bev, is a grocery store merchandiser for Pete’s Coffee, a company out of California. When Bev takes out-of-date coffee out of stores, she is free to do whatever she pleases with that coffee. The company does not want it, but we have quite a few friends who are quite eager to take it off our hands.

Have you priced coffee lately in the stores?

So Josh and Lacey have received, conservatively, over one-hundred dollars in free coffee from us over the past few months.

Josh, of course, understands what a great deal he has gotten, so when the chance to repay us came up, he was on board immediately.

Still, I didn’t feel quite right about the whole deal….so I sweetened the pot, so to speak.

When I bought this Ford Ranger, it had a toolbox in the bed. The box is locked, and there is no key, but it is a good tool box that fits perfectly in the bed of a compact pickup truck.

Josh has tools. He needs a tool box. So I gave him the one I had.

Now we had a sweet bartering deal that we both could be happy with.

Chickens are great for bartering
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This Sort of Thing Happens All the Time in Our Area

Seriously, it does!

Across the street lives our newest neighbor, Ana. She is from jolly old England, a single lady in her seventies, and she is a wonderful addition to our neighborhood.

Ana loves fresh eggs. She knows how much more delicious they are than those you purchase at the store, and she is willing to pay the extra cost for organic, because to her, the extra cost is worth it.

We have six chickens, and they are back to laying daily now that the weather has warmed up. We cannot eat six eggs per day no matter how much we love them, so the excess has to go somewhere.

Ana grows delicious berries. We love berries.

Do you see where this is going?

Ana gets her fresh eggs from us, and saves spending five bucks per dozen at the store.

We get fresh berries for smoothies, and we save on our grocery bill.

A win-win situation if you ask me.

Two blocks over is a young couple named Zina and Emily. They are beekeepers, and often, when Bev and I are out walking, we will stop and talk to Zina and Emily about their hobby.

We love organic honey.

Zina and Emily love organic eggs.

Do you see where this is going?

A community that embraces frugality
A community that embraces frugality | Source

Would you be willing to barter?

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You May Find This Surprising, But….

The propensity to truck, barter and exchange one thing for another is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals.

Adam Smith

This sort of transaction was quite common one-hundred years ago. Some of you, like me, have parents who grew up during the Great Depression. Ask them about bartering, and trading goods for services, or services for services. It was done daily because most people during the Depression did not have enough money to meet their needs. In order to survive, they had to trade what they had for what they needed. There was no other way.

I am thrilled to see these old-fashioned transactions making a comeback. It signals a shift in thinking among the common folk in this country, a shift that was long overdue. Times are tough, and people must realize that problems are not solved by borrowing from Peter to pay Paul. There are other ways to solve a problem other than going into debt.

Think about it! What do you have to offer in a bartering transaction? Just off the top of my head, I can think of two things I can offer based on my background: tutoring and writing.

Do you want to strike up a deal? What can you trade me for my tutoring and/or writing skills? Let’s see if we both can wheel and deal our way to frugal happiness.

Are you with me?

2014 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Glimmer. I highly recommend it as an alternative to spending hard-earned cash. :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I've never had the nerve to barter Bill. I'm not even sure if it's done too much around here. However I'd be willing to give it a try if the right opportunity came along. Cool hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, it certainly won't hurt this country, that's for sure. :) Thank you once again my friend.

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I love it. Bartering was what truly made this country great. If it comes back, our country will be great once again!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, Imogen. Thank you for the visit.

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      Imogen French 3 years ago from Southwest England

      Frugality is a necessity rather than a choice for many people these days, so bartering is making something of a comeback. Thanks for sharing your stories and tips.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well thank you, Dianna. I appreciate it and I'm glad I'm not alone.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I am all about living a frugal lifestyle. It just makes sense! Thanks for the uplifting share on this topic.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, you and Michelle both mentioned that it is a great way to know your community, and I so agree....and you know how I feel about community. Thank you dear friend.

      Blessings on this weekend

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think so too, Vellur. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Faith, I am convinced that times are heading that way, and if I'm right, we will be ready.

      I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. Thank you and blessings always.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzanne, anyone addicted to frugality is a friend of mine. Thank you for sharing that. I agree, that bartering seems to be more prevalent in the country. Not sure why, but that has been my experience as well.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Alexadry, you are a poster child for frugal living. I love it. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      My husband loves to barter, we met in Saudi Arabia where bartering is part of daily life, but my old man takes it to another level, he is like a child on Christmas morning when he gets a good deal. You are right, of course, bartering is such a sensible and practical way to do business. Not only that, but it's a good way to get to know your community. I love this hub, what a great way to live!

      Take care and have a wonderful Sunday. My best to you.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Bartering is a definite win win situation and both sides are happy. You live in a great community. Great hub.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      I think it's an excellent idea, Bill, and brings people together too.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      What a wonderful community in which you are blessed to live. I love your bartering stories here. Wow, you did get a good deal on your nice truck. Surely each one of us can come up with something to barter. Times may be heading that way and you are ahead of the game. Blessing always

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      It was interesting to read about the bartering in your area. I'm not "committed" but actually "addicted" to a frugal lifestyle myself, and I've been homeless before as well as swimming in extravagant wealth too (must be a common thing with writers with stories!). I really adore op shopping and seeing how far I can push the grocery bill down while making it as healthy as possible. It's great fun and a competition for survival, but when you're used to it, you don't miss toys or trappings. I haven't done much bartering with people as I live in a city and they don't seem to want to do things that way. But if I ever move to the country (which I would like) then we'll see if I can do more there! Voted up and useful and enjoyed very much!

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      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 3 years ago from USA

      We live in rural Arizona and live frugally because we want to live the bliss of being self employed. We often buy in bulk to save money and use our own well water. We have our own garden of spices and veggies, cook from scratch and bake bread. Because of my job (I own a dog boarding and training business), we often must buy food once a month which ultimately makes us save on gas too.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mona, great examples of how well bartering can work. I love hearing stories like yours. Fills me with hope.

      Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tireless, my son does the same thing. Goes grocery shopping three or four times a week, and can't figure out why he has no money. Drives me crazy. :)

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      Excellent hub. Bartering is the way to go. You get a good job done because the person does it out of care for you, and that's something money can't buy. In the Philippines we are doing a slow house renovation and have been cheated by a lot of workers. Now we've gotten wise. For some jobs, my husband seeks the help of the driver of a neighbor. The driver is glad to help, because we allow him and our maid to run a store in our house for free. We don't charge rent or anything, and we pay when we buy from the store. As a result, the neighbor's driver does a lot of house repair jobs for us at a reasonable fee, and he does them well because the store has practically doubled the income of both my maid and the neighbor's driver. You can't buy gratitude, and this is a perfect example of how giving ends up being more beneficial than spending.

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Love being frugal. It annoys me to see young people going out to eat a couple of times a day then saying they can't live on what they make. My sister in law stops at Peet for a large coffee twice a day. She is wealthy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My pleasure, vkwok! Thank you!

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for sharing about your bartering story Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Lady, bartering is always second place compared to giving from the heart. Thanks for sharing that.

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      Debra Allen 3 years ago from West By God

      These are great little stories of frugal living. We do this sometimes. I sure do wish that we could do more of it though. I usually just "give" things away and expect no return. We give mostly to the local Good Will store.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Alicia. This really is a wonderful city we live in. Sure, it has its problems, but it does encourage this type of lifestyle, and what the government doesn't know won't hurt it.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..thanks, Shelley. I am quite happy with the truck and the bartering deal.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Barbara, great idea, and thanks for sharing it. I hope it works out for you...crossing my fingers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Poolman, that just annoys the hell out of me. I love that you belonged to such a system, and it saddens me that the government managed to screw it up. Thanks for sharing that my friend, and have a great weekend.

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I love the stories in this hub, Bill. Bartering is a great idea! It certainly helps people to live frugally. I love the sense of community that it promotes, too.

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      Shelley Watson 3 years ago

      I love the bartering system as I feel it creates warmth, community and inter-dependance in the best way possible. I am so glad that hunk of a red truck belongs to you!

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      Barbara Badder 3 years ago from USA

      Back in the 70's, a lady in our area tried to start a bartering group. Sadly, only 3 people showed up and one of them was her. We were so disappointed. I might just start this idea on the Facebook garage sale group. I've got a ton of plants here that need a new home. Hmm. Now I need to think of what I'd like to barter for. Thanks for the idea.

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      Old Poolman 3 years ago

      Bill - I once lived in a mountain community here in Arizona where the locals started a barter club. The way this worked was one could provide goods or services for others and receive "barter bucks" in payment. These could be used to buy goods or services from other club members. It was just like using real money, except it was play money.

      This worked great for many years until somehow or other the IRS found out about the club and managed to scare everyone away. I believe I still have a few "barter bucks" tucked away somewhere.

      Interesting hub my friend and it is sad that our own government needs to get involved in such a simple program

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, I love those examples. I wish more people would see the wisdom in this lifestyle...and maybe they will with time. Let's hope.

      Thanks buddy and have a great weekend.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      This is great Bill. My first thought after reading this was that I need to do this more. Then I thought about it for a moment and we actually do more of this than we realize. For instance, when we travel we never ever leave our dog in a kennel. We watch other friends and families pets when they are away and in return they watch ours.

      Over the years I've helped many friends with renovation projects. In return they have helped out here with major projects. My brother-in-law stayed with us a few years back when he was in a transition period. He certainly didn't owe us anything but when I renovated our bathroom he did the plumbing for me.

      These are classics win-win situations. Also, I'm with you, I am not cheap, I am frugal :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, they don't, Ruby, but I would have loved to live in a community like the one you mentioned. Thanks for that my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Jackie, and the government can just go take a hike. If they tax me on these transactions I'll make it my life's work to write about the government and their failure to do their jobs as dictated by we, the people. In fact, I look forward to it. LOL

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      How great it must be to live in a community like yours. My friend Tom's father was a doctor in a rural area in Missouri. He was usually paid in produce and meat, rarely money. They don't make em like that anymore. Great article Bill...

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I love this Bill and think it is such a splendid idea. Of course legally the government considers this buying and selling and wants their cut but thankfully right now they have better things to do; like get out of their own messes! lol Well I can tell you I just don't use the f word Bill; you may be frugal; I am just cheap and don't care to admit it! My kind of hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for stopping by, bizwin. Good luck with that bartering.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dora, your friendship would be all the payment I would need. :) Thank you, and call on me any old time.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Manatita, I love it. It is so refreshing and encouraging to know that others believe in this system of exchange. Carry on my friend, and thank you.

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      Christabel Evans 3 years ago from England, UK

      This is a clear explanation of frugal living. You make me start thinking on what deal to strike.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      Bill, I have many hearty stories about bartering, and I think it has many benefits other than financial. Can't remember doing it, but would if the opportunity arises. I'm still thinking what I could barter for your tutoring!

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      manatita44 3 years ago from london

      Bill - Someone started a small group for this very purpose where I live, but I think that it has died down. I have done massage for some. Not trained but perhaps it's because I put my heart in it, so people are quite touched and pleased. I have also benefitted from this.

      I write poems, do the artwork and frame them for friends. I seek nothing, but again people are touched and do reciprocate from time to time in loving ways.

      I like your neighbourly deals. 'Sweet!'

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I do too, Mari. Oh, by the way, I borrowed your name for a character in my new book. I hope you don't mind. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, that's amazing about the Ford Ranger there....thank goodness I live here or I'd be walking the rest of my life. :)

      Thank you my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All great points, Heidi. I do believe, that slowly, the world is heading in this direction. The economy may turn ugly soon, and then we will see a huge rush for frugal living books. I agree, the governments will find a way to become a part of this, as will insurance companies and lawyers. There is no denying lawyers their share. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Maria, for the cultural lesson, and I hope the same my dear.

      blessings always

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, BNadyn. It's nice to see young people like you believing in the wisdom of frugal living.

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      dragonflycolor 3 years ago

      I think bartering is a great way to meet new friends as well. It's a great opportunity to keep your costs down, while also saving for more important things like food, water, and shelter. Thanks, Bill!

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      Martie Coetser 3 years ago from South Africa

      One hand washes the other. So wonderful when you have neighbours, relatives and friends who are willing to make life for others more affordable and comfortable.

      In SA the price of a second-hand 1999 Ford Ranger pick-up in a relative good condition will be plus-minus R80,000 ($8,000) !!!! And we will have to pay cash for it, as the financial institutions don't allow loans for cars older than 5 years.

      Thought-provoking and inspiring hub! Thank you, billybuc.

      Oh, yes, I am frugal, though not without essential luxuries :)

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      All I could think of when reading this hub was Lisa Gansky's book, The Mesh Economy: Why the Future of Business is Sharing. There are some significant logistical challenges to be overcome in a barter/sharing economic model, although this has been facilitated in a major way by the Internet. As well, I've observed that a barter/sharing model works better in smaller groups and communities.

      Some of the huge logistical issues include insurance, licensing and taxes. Bartered services must be reported as income (which many people don't realize). Here's what our friends at the IRS have to say about it: http://www.irs.gov/taxtopics/tc420.html

      As well, one of the issues that has come up recently is around apps that provide ride sharing. With the apps, regular folks now become cabbies in practice. No licensing, no oversight and, God forbid, no insurance to cover drivers or riders? What if someone is hurt while getting or giving a ride? Insurance companies may have some clause that would classify these folks as cab drivers, not friends sharing a ride. And does the app have any vetting process for safety and security? Unfortunately, this is the world we live in.

      Bartering/sharing/trading is how the world worked for centuries and it is a model that can be a winner for the exchange of many services and products. This hub also reminded me of the show on History Channel, Down East Dickering where these folks live by bartering. It is the way the world is going. Now the world needs to get up to speed on how to handle it.

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 3 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      This is what here is called "trueque". Things would go smoother with more "frugal" thinkers. Thanks Bill I hope we become doers of thoughts such as this.

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      Bernadyn 3 years ago from Jacksonville, Florida

      What a great deal, making repairs on a car can get expensive and so can constantly buying coffee. For the past couple years, I have come to believe living frugally is the way to go and you're right about the difference between needs and wants. Enjoyed reading this. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Bill, and I'm going to see just how far it will extend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, I especially like the no taxes thing. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you again, Ann. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Bet the frugal topic extends your reach even further. Fascinating approach. Good for you! ;-)

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Seems like everyone is happy and no taxes.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I did read your hub asking for a choice of tag-lines for your book but it wouldn't take my vote or comment (something to do with funny French wifi I think!). I will get back to it, though and give you my thoughts. Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, welcome back. You were missed, and isn't that a wonderful thing? :)

      Glad you had a great time in France. Thanks for sharing your experience with bartering. I think we are seeing more of it in today's world. Not as much as I would like to see, but it is increasing.

      The book is basically done. I have one more read-through, and then I will set about self-publishing it. It should be unveiled by June 1st.

      Thank you as always.

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      I agree completely when you say how thrilling it is to barter successfully; you've saved money as well as doing someone else a service. Brilliant!

      Hi, bill! Back from France late last night and trying to play catch-up again! It's so great to be back home & back to hubpages.

      We barter quite often here in our little court of neighbours but a recent example happened just the other day in France. We had arranged to visit a campsite for a couple of days, prior to leaving our caravan on it for the year (part storage but also for us or the children to use it now and then). The day after we arrived, my partner Arthur helped the owner out with his concrete mixing and laying as he was in a hurry to finish off the surround to his swimming pool before the main season.

      We had a drink with him (as payment!), then he said he wouldn't charge us for storing the caravan as it didn't really cost him anything. The only condition was that we bring him his favourite tea from England when we go in July. This we agreed to gladly!

      Other concessions were the arranged; the clearing of chalet gutters was done & we offered to help him with his tennis court. At this rate we'll be living in France as groundsman and receptionist!!

      I think everyone should go back to a barter system; it's so much more rewarding. It doesn't have to happen concurrently if people don't have the means but when we trust people it is a marvellous thing.

      Hope you & Bev are well & enjoying life, hope the book is going well and hope you have a great weekend.

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      That's great, John! Well done my friend. I think we see a lot of this happening out in the country, but it is slow to hit the cities. I have hope that it will continue to spread.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, I love it. You go, girl. I see a hub in the future for you, and I agree, this country needs to get back to its roots. Thanks for sharing your experience.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      This is great Bill, it is great when you can help your neighbors and they help you in return. It is quite a coincidence that I mentioned on another hub today that I belonged to a battering system in our community called LETS (Local Exchange Trading System), where you exchange goods or services with one another and accumulate points which you can also use to pay for things instead of money. Check it out: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Local_exchange_tradin...

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Bill, I'm a firm believer in bartering. I do it all the time. At tax time I barter my services with friends who need their taxes done. Usually, it's a carton of cigarettes (I know, I know I hear you). My neighbors and I barter yard work or services for the use of tools. I barter with my friend who owns an organic food store. When my pineapples are in season, we trade. I've bartered editing services for testimonials.

      I wish our country would go back to the barter system. Money really is the root of all evil.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, breakfastpop. I learned from some good people.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      tumga, I'm not sure what you are asking, but thank you for stopping by.

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      breakfastpop 3 years ago

      You are one creative and resourceful guy!

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      tumga rime 3 years ago from itanagar

      so true....but i'm little confused about the ideas...

      i mean like ideas are sold or used!!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fantastic, Donna, and a great example of bartering and the joys associated with it. Well done my friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Janine. It is the perfect deal for me, and it was so easy to agree to it. We are both happy and that's what bartering is all about.

      Have a great day dear friend.

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      Cygnet Brown 3 years ago from Springfield, Missouri

      I love bartering! One of the ways that I use barter is when I go to Baker's Creek's Festivals as a vendor. Every first Sunday of the month from March-October their festival has vendors, and shows, ect. Since I am a vendor, I have a chance to visit with the other vendors. I trade what I have for what they have. I've got a quilt, a hand wood-burned etched gourd container, herbal products, and food. Best of all, I have made lots of new friends along the way.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, can I just say how much I loved how you bartered with Josh for your car to fixed with a new toolbox for Josh. Awesome and seriously like a perfect deal for both of you. Thank you for sharing here today and have a wonderful day now, as always.