For me, bartering is just a better way to acquire things you need or want while helping the environment and feeding your soul. I really dislike spending my hard earned money on things. So instead of buying them and forking over my dough to a giant corporation, why not trade my skills or items for something that I want?
Bartering is making a huge come back and it's not just for scoring a great deal at a garage sale anymore. A quick Internet search and you can find lots of local bartering sites where you can list the goods & services you are offering and what items you are looking for.
There's something I find fulfilling about acquiring some object without having to spend money. Or when you see the look on someones face when they finally found what they were looking for. A lot of times we find ourselves without much cash, but we have so many other things we can offer. I will happily trade goods or services with someone; cash doesn't have to be king!
So next time you're looking for something why not try bartering for it? Whether it's tools or exercise equipment; or you need a painter or some home repairs, trade some of your amazing talents or unused items instead! You'll be glad you did!
Check out a couple of these local barter sites - and start shopping....errrr, I mean trading!
Swapsity - a social enterprise that champions modern online and offline barter in Canada.
U-Exchange - Barter for what you want!