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October 16, 2008

Can you do the same job for less?

October 16. Day 108.

I don't have a very happy asking today, I'm afraid.

I turned to Craigslist, as I occasionally do on days I'm desperate and not sure what to ask for, and inquired if someone could help me obtain something that would normally cost a few hundred dollars. It's for a present, so I can't disclose it (yet), and when I checked in stores, I got quotes that were far above my current budget.

So, I asked if anyone could beat that price or accept a barter for dinner and/or resume editing and/or language lessons.

Sadly, I got many answers. So many people out of work, looking for cash and an updated resume.

Lesson: If you want a great deal on any projects or services -- crafting a custom suit? marketing materials? financial advice? upgrading your deck? -- this is definitely the moment to turn to the legions of the unemployed. Win-win.

Gained: Not sure yet which offer to accept, but don't worry, I won't take anyone for granted. Still, I estimate it will probably be around $200 in savings. Results TBA.
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