10.24.2013

Thrifty Thursday: Buy Less; Barter More.

According to Wikipedia, Barter is a system of exchange by which goods or services are directly exchanged for other goods or services without using a medium of exchange, such as money.[1] It is distinguishable from gift economies in that the reciprocal exchange is immediate and not delayed in time. It is usually bilateral, but may be multilateral (i.e., mediated through barter organizations) and usually exists parallel to monetary systems in most developed countries, though to a very limited extent. Barter usually replaces money as the method of exchange in times of monetary crisis, such as when the currency may be either unstable (e.g., hyperinflation or deflationary spiral) or simply unavailable for conducting commerce.

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.
 
Trading goods and services is not only frugal, but also earth-friendly.  One man's junk is another person's treasure is so true.  If you survey your house, how much stuff do you have that's collecting dust and you don't use anymore? Rather than pitching it out because it's out of style or you don't have a use for it anymore, why not trade it for something you need?  It keeps so much out of landfills and also make people happy!

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!

Happy hunting,
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4 comments:

  1. I seen a couple of these sities popping up now - I can see it this soon becoming just another part of buy/borrowing like ebay, gumtree and freecycle . Coming over from #thriftythursday

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    1. It's great...I dislike shopping so being able to find stuff online and barter for it makes me happy!

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  2. I have been introduced to quite a few of these sites recently, I think they are great! Thank you for joining in and linking up with #ThriftyThursday

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    1. Thanks for having me! Can't wait to do some more bartering!

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