YOUR MONEY: To barter successfully, use contracts, cautionRemember when you were a kid and you coveted the cool baseball glove your friend had, but you didn't have the money to buy it from him? If you had a great train set, you may have offered to trade that for the glove. You were engaged in bartering, the trading of one product or service for another, with no money involved. It's an ancient system that's taken on new importance among today's cash-strapped consumers.
By: Pamela Yip, The Dallas Morning News