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7 Summer Beauty Essentials

It’s that time of year again! Believe it or not, some people are already on the beach showing off their very trendy new swimwear! Summer is all about sundresses and flip-flops. So, come on, it’s time to get in shape and to look fabulous on the beach.

This season, BarterQuest has picked 7 summer must-haves. If you are looking to refresh your wardrobe and have a sizzling hot look from head to toe, be the first one to barter for all of these summer must-have beauty products.

1. Stewart Weitzman wedges sandals
Wedges are this summer’s must-have. Featuring a subtle plaid pattern, these stylish espadrilles will match any outfit and the adjustable buckles will make sure that you feel comfortable in your new wedges sandals.
 
 
 
 
2. Giorgio Armani sunglasses
You can never go wrong with classic sunglasses, a crucial accessory pick that cannot be overlooked. Whether it is sunny or you just want to look your best, these sunglasses will go well with a maxi dress or with just about any outfit.
 
3. Brown Fedora Hat
This essential summer hat for women will give you a trendy and urban look. Wear a white dress with brown gladiator sandals and you are good to go. Let your hair down and put on this brand new finely braided straw fedora hat.
 
 
 

4. Coach handbag
Is it just me or does this purse remind you of a variety of exquisite candies? This authentic Coach handbag with pastel blue leather handles and colorful coach designs will brighten your summer. It is without a doubt that this bright colored purse will make a statement and add intensity to your outfit.
 

5. Red strapless dress
The always-trendy strapless dress will give you a flirty look and let’s not forget that you will not have shoulder strap tan lines. What’s not to like? This dress is versatile and fits all occasions. Not too fancy for a day at the beach, and not too casual for a night out!
 
 
6. Blue stone ring
In terms of jewelry, it is all about the bigger the better. This dazzling fashion ring comes with a glamorous stone. Whether you want to adopt a chic or more bohemian casual look, this one of a kind piece of jewelry will make sure your hands won’t stay unnoticed.
 

7. Luxury villa in Brazil
Have you always wanted to live like a celebrity? Now that you are ready to show off your new look to all of your friends, why don’t you take them to this beautiful resort in Brazil. Surrounded by the Ocean, the Exclusive Villa can accommodate more than 12 people.
Don’t hesitate to barter for this one time opportunity and go party with the vibrant Brazilian people and music.

- Tiffany

BarterQuest Giveaway of $100 American Express eGift Card

NEW YORK, October 5th, 2011 – BarterQuest (www.barterquest.com), a platform that supports the cashless exchange of goods, services and real estate, announced that it initiated a contest for a $100 American Express eGift Card. The giveaway is open to anyone who enters between October 5th and November 7th. Winners will be chosen at random from all eligible entries.

This is how you enter the giveaway for a chance to win the $100 American Express eGift Card:

Register on http://www.BarterQuest.com and verify yourself using PayPal or your credit card. If you are already a member on BarterQuest just verifying is enough to enter the Giveaway.

Contest rules can be found on http://www.barterquest.com/home/article/giveaway-rules-chance-to-win-100-american-express-egift-card.

“This is part of our continuing effort to try and make trading on our website as safe as possible and reward those who verify themselves,” stated BarterQuest’s President and CEO, Dr. Paul Bocheck. “BarterQuest remains unique in the technology and features that can make trading easy. Whether you’re a mother looking for clothes or accessories for your children, someone seeking a vacation home or a person wanting a car without the need for cash, our site can be the best way to do it. We hope our promotions encourage more people to find the advantages of barter.”

About BarterQuest

BarterQuest supports the cashless exchange of all types of goods, services, and real estate. BarterQuest provides a trading platform based on proprietary technology (patents filed) that instantly matches the haves and wants of users for two party and multi-party trades. Barter is facilitated by a user friendly Web design that is unique in its combination of features that support trading. BarterQuest is headquartered in New York, NY and is owned and operated by JPM Global, Inc., a Delaware corporation. For more information, visit www.BarterQuest.com.

Except for historical information contained herein, this news release may contain forward looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties.
Vendors seeking further information, please email: vendors@barterquest.com.

Bianca Han, Executive Vice President
BarterQuest
231 West 29th Street
Suite 906
New York, NY 10001
212-279-0070
bhan@barterquest.com

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Master Bartering: Strange Ways to Save Money

Originally on: http://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2011/09/29/107785_master-bartering-strange-ways-to-save-money.html
By: Jennifer Derrick

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a piece about how to master haggling to save money. This week I’m giving tips on how to barter successfully. Like haggling, bartering isn’t often done in the U.S. I think part of it is because, as with haggling, people are embarrassed to barter. Some people feel uncomfortable suggesting that they trade resources or talents. We also lack many of the close community relationships that make bartering easier. When you’re close with your neighbors, church members, or coworkers, there’s a lot less discomfort in trying to arrange a deal.

Bartering is nothing more than trading one skill or resource for another. Maybe you trade an hour of mowing the lawn for an hour of babysitting your two-year old. Or you trade some old clothes that your kid has outgrown for some books that your neighbor wants to get rid of. No money changes hands when you barter and that’s the beauty of it. Each party gets something they want or need, but they don’t have to pay for it. If you want to try to barter, here are some tips to get you started.

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Know what skills or resources you can offer: Think about your skills and resources. Can you sew? Fix computers or appliances? Do yard work or babysit? Build a deck? Make a website? Do taxes? Do you make great jelly? Maybe you have a lot of tools or landscaping equipment that you could loan to someone. Inventory your stuff and think about what might be in demand. Everyone has some skills or resources that can be traded. Once you know what you can offer, you can begin to think about what you might want.

Be specific about what you want: When looking to barter, be very specific about what you want. Simply saying, “I need someone to clean my house,” isn’t specific. Potential trading partners have no idea how big your house is, how dirty, or what you mean by, “clean.” A better way of phrasing it is, “I need someone to clean my 1,200 square foot house once per week, including vacuuming all carpets in the common areas, cleaning one and a half bathrooms, and mopping the kitchen floor. I’ll handle the bedrooms and provide all cleaning materials.” When you get specific, people who might want to trade with you can better determine if what they can offer is comparable in value to what you want.

Assess the value of what you want vs. what you’re offering: While “value” is often subjective, it is possible to assign a value to the skills/resources you’re offering in comparison to those you want to acquire. The first place to look is on the open market. What does what you want cost in the marketplace? If an hour of cleaning is $100, you need to offer something that’s approximately the same price. If your tool rents for $20 per day, you shouldn’t really ask for an hour of cleaning (at $100) in return unless the person wants to rent for five days. Look online or call some local businesses and ask what they charge for what you want and what you can offer.

Identify people you might trade with: There are many ways to find people who might trade with you. First, think about who might need what you have to offer. Then think if there’s anything they can offer you. Maybe you’ll come up with a neighbor who has a broken deck you can repair and you know she’s good with computers and can take a look at yours which has been acting up. If you want to move beyond the realm of people you know, you can advertise on Craigslist or in your local want ads. You can directly approach business owners in your community. Maybe you can offer to clean the gym in exchange for a free membership. Finally, there are bartering clubs that you can join, both online and off. As with anything, make certain you aren’t dealing with scammers. Find out as much as you can about the people you’ll be dealing with and try to avoid getting ripped off.

Don’t take advantage, or be taken advantage of: If you’ve agreed to do five hours of labor and you reach that point, don’t let your bartering partner talk you into more unless you are getting more, too. I know a guy who does construction work. He bartered some car repairs with someone who needed a garage finished. Both tasks were valued about the same. Well, after my friend completed his work, his bartering partner kept pushing for more. Being a nice guy, my friend did some of it before he finally put his foot down and said that the deal was no longer fair. Since he didn’t need any more car repairs, the other guy had nothing to offer to continue to make the deal fair. My friend was being taken advantage of and finally had to walk away, leaving bad feelings on both sides. Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of, and don’t be the schmuck who’s always pushing for more.

Be fair: You want to strike a deal that’s fair to both of you and leaves you both satisfied. If you can’t agree on terms, it’s better to walk away than to try to push the other person into a deal that doesn’t fit. There are a lot of potential trading partners in the world. Don’t use guilt or threats to try to force a bartering deal.

Bartering, done well, can be a great way to save some money. It is also a great way to build relationships amongst neighbors and other communities. Nothing brings people together like striking a good deal.

You can also use it as a springboard to bigger things, in some cases. If, for example, you trade some jewelry you made with a few people for some other things you need, word might get around that you make nice jewelry, resulting in paying customers. The same applies to skills like graphic design, computer maintenance, landscaping, or tutoring. You may end up not only saving money but making money, as well.

Learn How to Barter Before You Need To

originally on http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/8281075/learn_how_to_barter_before_you_need.html?cat=25 by Cheri Majors

Make Bartering a Game

The potential for bartering is available wherever you live, between neighbors, friends, and businesses. By starting small and turning it into a challenge for your family, see how long you can go without using any money, only bartering for necessities.

In my years of teaching young children I discovered that any curriculum turned into a game, or challenge, makes learning (and teaching) much more fun. Because bartering may quickly become a necessary means of exchange, it would be best to begin learning now, before you have to.

Practice Makes Perfect

Practice barter trading with your family members as a game. If you need pointers watch how your kids do this between siblings, and friends, with their toys, clothes, and games.

Challenge yourself by using bartering skills, going as long as you can without using money. Expect to fore-go fast-food stops, movies, and other forms of entertainment, unless you have inside contacts with coupons, freebies, or promotional items to share or trade.

You may be able to barter/exchange with them for goods and services at your disposal, so ask. Bartering clubs have been forming and would be a great place to register and get started (see the listings on the last page).

Family Necessities

Figure out what your family needs on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis, listing these items along with local contacts to explore. Examples might be a local dairy farm to secure milk products, or discussing trades for veterinary services, if you have your own livestock.

Local markets and corner businesses are usually more responsive to trades than are the larger corporate, owned and operated grocery store chains, or discount emporiums. Get to know the small business owners in your town, along with the road-side produce-stand operators.

Obtain a local area Chamber of Commerce business members’ roster for small, independently owned and operated businesses. Your church directory may also list the businesses within their membership, or advertise in their weekly or monthly program brochure.

Family Skills and Services

Create another list of all your family’s skills with which you will be using to barter. List hobbies, crafts, and skills your family already has, as they will become your bartering currency.

These skills can include anything from quilt-making and carpentry, to dog grooming and raising chickens. Also include service skills such as teaching, baking, gardening, or health care.

Many skills can be taught to others while producing “sale-able” products, such as baking, gardening, metal work or carpentry. Your family’s skills, hobbies, and crafts will become your currency/spending account.

Bartering Clubs

Check out these online bartering club sites and directories to find availability in your area, or start your own. The one I am most familiar with is “BarterQuest.com”, where their motto is “Post and Trade for Free!” For a directory listing of bartering clubs and resources, for commercial or individual use, try “Barter Site Directory” online.

Most bartering clubs will offer free memberships for the first month. But you could end up paying monthly fees, straight from your bank account, so read the fine print first. Keep in mind the monthly fees may total more than the services are worth, so practice free bartering now.

Part Three: A New Experience For Your Child: Going To Kindergarten!

The time flew by: it seems like yesterday that your kid learnt hot to walk and now you have to watch him go to kindergarten for the first time. Many things will change again: your child will change. You have to learn to let go and also become familiar with the new situation.

It’s about time again to get new things for your child; like a backpack, lunchbox and their first bike. But all of there things are only odds and ends compared to the experience you and your child will gain.

Recognize and appreciate the kindergarten milestone. Kindergarten may symbolize the ending of your child’s complete dependence on you, but also marks an important beginning. It’s a very exciting time in your child’s life and also for you. After years of cutback you finally have time for yourself again.

See how BarterQuest can help you through this next stage of your life.

See what BarterQuest has to offer for this occasion:

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Part Two: Newborn and Toddlers

Your baby comes into the world; you’re happy yet insecure: am I doing everything right? Has my baby everything it needs? You need a few days to realize that there is a new family member living in your house now.

It takes time to get familiar with all the different needs of the baby, what it likes and dislikes or what it wants when it screams in a particular way. You don’t have to worry about doing something wrong. It’s in a mother’s nature to try and do everything for her baby.

“Making the decision to have a child is momentous – it is to decide forever to have your heart walking around outside your body.” (E. Stone)

So everything you do, you do not only for yourself but also for your child. You do it with love, passion and dedication, and the baby feels that. It will feel the comfort, the love and the attention. The newborn will receive only the best: the best products, the best food, and the best care, just because you want to make sure it’s fine. As far as child care is concerned, everything, starting from their health, hygiene and safety at home and outside the home needs to be considered.

Basically, if you fully dedicate yourself to the new challenge and trust your motherly instincts, you can’t do anything wrong. You will see your beautiful and healthy baby grow a little more each and every day.

You might like this offers on http://barterquest.com

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Part One Of Our New Daily Series About Mothers And The Challenge Of Raising a Child

Part One Of Our New Daily Series About Mothers And The Challenge Of Raising a Child

A new life’s challenge: having a baby! Within the next 9 months there are a lot of things to do and many things to consider, especially if it’s your first child. You have to get clothes, toys and furniture for your newborn. But it’s not necessary to spend all of your hard earned money on things that are brand new. The baby will grow so fast that you have to get new things almost every month.

To avoid stress, the soon-to-be mother should get all the important things for the baby step-by-step. A changing unit, the stroller and a car seat could be obtained during the pregnancy. Thereby, the mother should consider bartering as an option to save money, time and stay green.

But not only material things count to make a baby happy. Especially during the pregnancy, the mother should take care of herself. She should avoid everything which could harm the baby. Drinking a lot of water, vitamins and eating a balanced diet will help the baby to stay healthy.

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Win a $50 Amazon Gift Certificate

Thanks to our users, our community has experienced an immense growth in the past months. Numerous new users joined, a lot of items were offered and many services were swapped. To thank everybody we are announcing a sweepstakes starting on September 1st 2010 to give you the chance to win a $50 AMAZON Gift Certificate.

It only takes a few seconds to participate:


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- retweet the following message on TWITTER:

“Win a free Amazon Certificate on #Barterquest. Find Information on http://tinyurl.com/29n44jp

or


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Become a fan of BarterQuest on FACEBOOK and post on our wall what you like about BarterQuest or bartering in general.

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Register on BarterQuest and invite your friends.

By tweeting on Twitter AND posting on Facebook AND inviting friends you increase your chances to win. Do your best and have fun! :-)

The winner will be announced on October 11th, 2010.

The Secret to Saving Money

originally from daveramsey.com

The Secret to Saving Money

In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has. –Proverbs 21:20

Saving money is not a matter of math. You will not save money when you get that next raise. You will not save money when that car is paid off. You will not save money when the kids are grown. You will only save money when it becomes an emotional priority.

We all know we need to save, but most people don’t save like they know they need to save. Why? Because they have competing goals. The goal to save isn’t a high enough priority to delay that purchase of the pizza, DVD player, new computer, or china cabinet. So we purchase, buy, consume all our dollars away or, worse yet, go into debt to buy these things. That debt means monthly payments that control our paychecks and make us say things like, “We just don’t make enough to save any money!” Wrong, wrong, wrong! We do make enough to save money; we just aren’t willing to quit spoiling ourselves with our little projects or pleasures to have enough left to save. I don’t care what you make—you can save money. It just has to become a big enough priority to you.

If a doctor told you that your child was dying and could only be saved with a $15,000 operation that your insurance would not cover and could only be performed nine months from today, could you save $15,000? Yes! Of course you could! You would sell things, you would stop any spending that wasn’t required to survive, and you would take two extra jobs. For that short nine months, you would become a saving madman (or madwoman). You would give up virtually anything to accomplish that $15,000 goal. Saving would become a priority.

The secret to saving? Focused emotion. The secret to saving money is to make it a priority, and that is done only when you get some healthy anger or fear and then focus that emotion on your personal decisions. Harnessing that emotion will make you move yourself to the top of your creditor list. Then ask yourself, “Which bill is the most important? After tithing, who should I pay first this month?” The answer is you! Until you pay God first, then yourself, then everyone and everything else, you will never save money.

The advertisers and marketing community are affecting our emotions every day and taking every dollar we have by making us see our wants as needs. It is time for this to stop! Emotions make great slaves, but they are lousy masters. No matter how educated or sophisticated we are, if we are not saving all we should be, we are being ruled by emotions, not harnessing them as financial planning slaves.

So whether you are saving for college tuition, a trip to the family reunion, new school clothes for little Bobby or Sally, or anything else, start saving now! It’s never too late!