Consideration is a English common law concept within the law of contract and is a necessity for simple contracts (but not for special contracts by deed). The concept of consideration has been adopted by other common law jurisdictions, including the US. Consideration can be anything of value (such as goods, money, services or promisesof any of these) which each party gives as a quid pro quo to support their side of the bargain. Mutual promises constitute consideration for each other. if one party offers consideration, the agreement is a bare promise and is unenforceable.