Sunday, March 26, 2017

THE ART OF THE BARTER.....

Having been "poor" for several years of my life.....   Growing up in Government Subsidized Apartments, Being a single parent for a short time in my life ..and then moving back into that life style as a young , single, mother and adult ....  I learned lots of "tips and tricks" to making ends meet.
Everything from Dumpster Diving to Coupon Clipping , Rebating, Refunding , Sweeping and more... .

Most of the time if someone asks me for something .... yeah I just give it to them...... but I have found through the years that many people don't operate that way and some people just can't do anything free.   Sometimes and ALWAYS do we all need to make a living as we don't live in a society that works with EVERYTHING for FREE ....we all have bills....so there is a need for this thing called MAKING MONEY,  JOB and WORKING for the MAN ..or the PAYCHECK and paying Taxes etc....

I know I have promised a book to many of you for many of years on my FRUGAL DOINGS so that it would be an all inclusive story and place instead of just many - mini blog posts...  but this is one topic that I have just sporadically mentioned.....   The book ... has changed and morphed just as I have over the years ,  I learned how to STRETCH a dollar and make a dollar and Save a Dollar but the best thing I can teach anyone (including myself) is how not to SPEND A DOLLAR.... its all about now much you SPEND not how much you SAVE at the store...its how much money you can put in the bank to pay your bills... not the % off your receipt !!!

Thats where the BARTER comes in.   Some people don't have the $$ to spend for services or things that they need. 


My ancestors practiced bartering ..... my Great Grand Father was a doctor and there are records (I don't have them but my aunt does) of him trading his services and medicines for many things:  work, chickens and hogs .... just to mention those that come to mind from the top of my head.  The other side of my family were loggers and farmers and I don't have "record" of it but I am sure that there was a lot of bartering that went on there too.   


I read this story once called "One Red Paper Clip"   and man ,  my mind and heart were so happy to read about this success!  I wanted to be "just like this guy" and do something great.  I watched TV shows about it , and then was dismayed because many of the trades were done for publicity and not the pureness of the trade..... dismayed but not discouraged...

Craigslist has an entire category now for BARTERING

Recently, I saw that a friend of mine has taken up this practice too and when I read about it .... I smile, every single time I hear of a GOOD OLD FASHIONED TRADE!   

I have read books and read about programs that people join that put in "hours" of their "talents and crafts" and then can "deduct" the same.... I have never joined any of those programs and as far as I know most of them are defunct now....   

Now with all of that being said ... let me tell you about a few things myself or my husband has bartered for.... this is not by any means all inclusive and I sometimes just offer my services / time / items for free with the best barter of all .... GREAT KARMA....but there have been times..that a "trade" has occurred .... sometimes as the "deal" was made and other times just a reciprocal thing that happened .... 


  • Building of a Garage at my old home place:   (labor)  Cases of Beer ,  Hamburgers / Hot Dogs
  • Waxing of Eyebrows  ...... for some household items that I no longer needed
  • Birthday Cake for my Daughters 23 Bday:    Photo Shoot for Publicity purposes
  • Spray Tanning :    Photo Shoot
  • Manicure:    Headshots for Linked In
  • Electrical Work ....... for an old car that I had
  • DJ for my Middle Daughters Wedding Reception: Some Imported Beer that I got from a ALMOST FREE deal
  • Remove old baseboards from my home...... sectional Couch
  • 5 Bottles of Wine  ...... Digital Photos I took of an Author at an Event
  • Fresh Venison:     Family Photo Shoot
  • Painting and Power Washing of my home:  IPAD that I had and didn't use
  • Yard Work:     Babysitting Services (After School)
  • SPA VISIT:     Tutoring for middle school student after school
  • Smoked Chickens & Sauce:    Books that I had read from my bookshelf
  • FREE airline ticket:   Gave up my seat for a later flight .... 
  • Shrimp / Steak Dinner and bottle of Patron:   Tree work (my husband)  :
  • Legal Services    Tree work (my husband)   
  • Chiropractic Care:   Tree work (my husband)
  • Dental Cleaning:   Family Photo Shoot
  • Medical Doctor Visit including Shot / Treatment :  Family Photo Shoot
  • House Cleaning :  Senior Photos
  • Tanning Services:   Senior Photos
  • Restaurant Gift Certificate:    Senior Photos
  • Leaf removal from my yard:      Several Home cooked Meals (week worth) frozen
  • Books for Books.... LOL  that is more of a SWAP I guess
  • Assisting me for minishoots  =  free minishoot
  • Restaurant GC  =  Free Real Estate Seller photos   (Still yet to collect on this ... .one bad apple in the whole bunch aint too bad)


UPCOMING FAMILY PHOTO SHOOT :  bartering for a DYSON and SHEETS!   :) these are just a few barters that are right off the top of my head I am sure I can sit here and think of a whole lot more....but I will just move on

With all of that being said..... I am cleaning out some closets and giving away a lot of things that have been just taking up space.... right now...  not looking for anything in exchange, no barter, the exchange will be a HUGE RELIEF ....to purge... which is a WHOLE ANOTHER STORY..... phew.

HAPPY BARTERING and REMEMBER NEVA NEVA NEVA PAY FULL PRICE FOR ANYTHING! <3 font="" nbsp="">









Saturday, March 4, 2017

JUST PUT A LOT OF GOODIES ON FB PAGE!!!!





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FREE NATURAL VITALITY

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FREE RABIES CLINIC / LOCAL

FREE ORGANIC BALANCE

FREE BEN & JERRYS!

$10 OFF UBER 

AND MORE ... like my page and "follow" to get regular updates!!!    

a few photo deals one expires TODAY!!! 3/4

SHUTTERFLY

if you haven't signed up with the REBATE COMPANY  :  MR REBATE do this offer
and it will count as your first purchase , giving you a credit of $5 or $7.50

just click on the link HERE and then look up SHUTTERFLY and proceed as normal

they will then send you all kinds of offers and coupons for future offers too

FREE 8×10 Signature Art Print from Shutterfly! (Just Pay Shipping)https://www.shutterfly.com coupon code GETFREEPRINT at checkout. Expires 3/31/17 - THE KIND ON CARDSTOCK!!!


AND if you download the app on your phone you get all kinds of free 4x6 prints ... yep!


Wednesday, March 1, 2017

SUNBASKET ....ANOTHER MEAL PROGRAM REVIEW!!



SUNBASKET....... this is a FABULOUS COMPANY with Great Packaging and environmentally friendly items inside with instructions for recycling the packing items!  

GO HERE to TRY IT or read more about the program

This is how it arrived......   They offered several selections that you could "switch out" from the recommended selections.  As always I chose the  3 meals for 2 people selection.



Everything was packed neatly inside the sturdy box..... each meal was packaged in its own BAG and the only items that were not in the bag was the proteins and a small package of endive and a package of Spaghetti.



The Recipe cards are easy to follow and on sturdy (wipeable)  cards.   



These are the bags I put in the FRIDGE!  ^^^^^^







So I chose to make the Spicy Turkey Chili with Jicama / Radish Salad for dinner.  These are all of the items that were in the bag (the complete meal) laid out for me in the correct portions.   The only thing that I did not use "all" of what was provided was the Chili Pepper / Chipotle.   I saved some of that to use in another recipe later!



I have never tasted or used Jicama.  That is one of my favorite things about trying all of these new things that the boxes provide.  I get to try things without wasting a lot of food nor money.  Turns out.... I loved the jicama and will probably buy it in the future to add to salads and maybe try in other recipes.  


This is the jicama salad before I put the final lime in the mix.... oh yummmmmm

The chili just got a bit of cilantro put in it.... and ready to stir and serve.... healthy ground turkey too!  No processed food... all natural and organic products ,  its like I shopped at Whole Foods without leaving my house!


The plated results..... can you believe this chili has SWEET POTATOES in it in place of the BEANS?  OH BOY WAS IT GOOD and NO LEFTOVERS ..... at all..... EASY CLEAN UP and ... well ...just great food to eat.

INTRODUCTORY RATE ....  you get 3 FREE MEALS with the INTRODUCTORY CODE....so that is  1/2 off the FULL PRICE RATE of 3 meals for 2 people.  But your cost will ultimately Depend on which plan you order .     I signed up through my daughters offer  (she tried this one and referred me) so she got a $25 Credit on her next order!

GO HERE to TRY  SUNBASKET  or read more about the program

READ ABOUT  GREEN CHEF   GO HERE   TO TRY 4 free meals deal

READ ABOUT  HOME CHEF   :     GO HERE TO TRY  $30 off

READ ABOUT HELLO FRESH :   GO HERE  TO TRY $40 off

READ ABOUT  BLUE APRON:    GO HERE TO TRY 3 FREE MEALS DEAL


I have about 3 more Meal Deals on my list to try..... <3 font="" for="" more="" nbsp="" tuned="">