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#1 barefut

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Posted 17 August 2009 - 07:29 PM

So one of my favorite customers has a home cleaning business and when I had a few extra bucks, I finally hired her for a few hours at my house. Wow. I so deserved that. I came home and felt like royalty. I have not since been able to afford her and since she knows that, she offered up a trade with me. She will clean my house every other week for one home cooked meal a week and I have to also give her the recipe.

"I can do that!" I heard myself blurt out. Then I realized, I haven't 'cooked' since I was stay-at-home mom, unless you want to call cooking, dumping something out of a box into boiling water, or putting something in a box, into another box and pushing buttons.

I can cook about 4 things really well, so after the first month I'd better find something interesting and worth a thorough housecleaning!

Anyway, the reason for my post is to remind y'all that if there are things you need help doing but can't afford to pay for and/or your pride gets in the way (like mine does), remember what you can do and offer it up in trade.

Are you artistic? Can you cook? File my tax return? Babysit my kids? Drive my kids to their practices? Do some online research for me? Wait -how did this become all about me? You get the idea.....good luck and have fun!

#2 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 05:13 AM

Absolutely wonderful post!!

I've been trading work for a long time. Right now I'm giving weaving lessons in trade for help warping up my loom; cooking lessons to my new son-in-law in trade for him helping with some construction projects around the house; home-cooked meals and the odd load of laundry to my youngest son for lawn mowing and gutter cleaning. A friend and her daughter give me 'deep cleaning' days in return for sharing in the produce from my garden and also as birthday presents. Friends who still have a farm trade me their wonderful beef and pork in exchange for me doing all their mending and sewing, which can be a substantial benefit for both sides.

My most favorite trade-off ever was 3 hand-knit Irish Fishermen sweaters for a rowboat, 6 lobster pots, and a holding pot!

I firmly believe in the barter system! Gee, I am so glad you posted this. Thanks, Serena.
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#3 debonair susie

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 10:53 AM

Oh Jeannie,

You totally rock, Girlfriend! :D

I LOVE your various trade-offs...like cooking lessons for your new son-in-law. That also gives the two of you a chance to better get to know one another... How special is THAT yes?!

You are SO talented AND creative to boot!:rolleyes:
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#4 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 18 August 2009 - 12:58 PM

Susie, do you know how embarrassing it's going to be when he's a better cook than me?! I can see it coming. :D

We usually do a whole day. I fix lunch, he brings DVD's (he's an English major with a minor in film) to watch while we're waiting for bread to rise or whatever, then we cook supper together and my daughter shows up to help eat it, or he does 'take-out' with their share. He wants to do a family cookbook that will also be a form of scrapbook - isn't that a neat idea? I really love that kid and am so glad he's 'ours'.
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#5 debonair susie

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Posted 19 August 2009 - 06:51 AM

Oh, I think it's great that he wants to put together a family cookbook. I have freinds who have done that and I've bought the cookbooks, knowing that they are great cooks too.

Hey, he's learning from you and if he's the kind of student I think he is...maybe you and he can trade off cooking for each other's households! :lol:

I'm glad your daughter did such a great job choosing a husband for herself...and a loved SIKL for you and your "handsome hubby" :D
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 10:51 AM

Hi Barefut

Hey if you need any "different" recipies ask Janey or Jeannie Or Penny or Sheryl they have posted some REAL WINNERS!

Barefut you have given me some good ideas from your post, my husband always tells me to get help!

Your Groovy
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Posted 05 October 2009 - 11:04 AM

Jeannie WAIT,
Did I hear something about a "Family Cookbook?"
What color is the bread you made with your son-inlaw?
What color will you desgn the cover of your yummy " Family Cook Book"?
Just curious....
PS. I think green would be nice.
Smiles n Chuckles Sandra