An Even Trade

One innovative way to save money for the family budget is to exchange services, yours for theirs. Whatever job is in question will then be free and no costs incurred. This presupposes you have some skill or talent to work with, but most of us do, or at least someone in the family will do. The kids can even get into the picture. They can clean a neighbor’s pool, wash cars, rake leaves, sweep sidewalks and organize garages all in exchange for some particular service. Maybe your neighbor is a plumber or an electrician and you need repair. An adult can drive their kids to school or baseball practice, or even mow the lawn. There are myriad ways to barter for something. I know a family that has a vast vegetable garden and they trade their produce for all kinds of household help. People get creative when the budget is tight. They started the program when the father was out of work and it soon became a full-time enterprise.

Now what can I trade? I can help people with bank loans and counsel them how to speed up and facilitate the process. I did this for a handyman and got two hours of service in return. It was a fair exchange and I was thrilled. I wanted to help him and was glad I needed some household attention. I could easily have paid someone else, but why not do a favor for someone in need. I was greatly surprised that he brought an electric pressure washer and volunteered to hose off the dirty front of my house.

This is not something I would have thought of or ever have attempted myself. Not everyone has a pressure washer, but I soon learned that it is useful for many things. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to procure one for regular sidewalk and garage maintenance. There is always caked on dirt somewhere, including the car that had just gone for a country drive on muddy roads. I would recommend finding a place for a pressure washer in your family budget. It is going to be on my own. Most people think they are hard to operate for are too strong. They don’t know that you can adjust them the way you like from a light spray to heavy intensity. It depends on the project.

They also think they are expensive since they are more than just a hose. Not so. You can get them in hardware and building supply stores and online often at a fair, discounted price. Don’t let lack of knowledge deter you. This is an item most families will want if they own a home. It takes no time at all for a property to become dilapidated and dog-eared. Keep your home fresh and clean with a pressure washer that any family member can use. You don’t need a professional or a handyman by any means. Read the simple instructions, turn it on, and you are all set.