There are lots of great ways to get things done that don’t cost very much money at all. Nearly everything is going to cost you something no matter how you look at it. Getting hold of items you want will either take up your time, energy, money, or something else. There are some great actions that you can take to save your money and sometimes even your time as well.
Make a trade.
Bartering will go a lot farther than most people think. You can barter for different goods and services. This pretty much means anything from trading food for furniture, carry out repairs for tennis lessons...the list goes on with what you can do.
It can be very difficult to put a value on things if you decide to make a trade. Be sure and get it written down and fully agreed upon before you make the trade. You don’t want somebody to come back to you and say that you owe them more. You never know when someone will change their mind.
On the flip side is another thought. What you can do is take the value of your time, money, and energy, and then make a comparison per task. For example, you might think that it a better value to have someone change your oil for you than it would be to take the time and do it yourself. This makes more sense if you do earn a higher rate of income per hour. You still have to spend the time, but your focus and energy might be better spent having someone else do the car work for you, whilst you focus on work to earn.
This all boils down to `value`. You have to take the whole picture of something in order to determine its value to you. The same thing might not have the same value to another person though. This is why you have the ability to get very creative when you are trying to barter for something.
Sometimes cash is the best way to obtain an item and you don’t really have anything else that would substitute. This is the point in time where you really do need to just use cash. Just try not to fall into the gimmick that you need something when you actually can do fine without it. If you have food, a roof over your head, some durable clothes and transport, you probably already have almost everything you really need. So practice being content with what you have and then finding creative solutions to get what you would like to have without having to spend cash.