Into Recycling? Cash-strapped for Christmas? Perhaps It's Time To Barter And Trade!

If there's a silver lining to this difficult financial crisis that most everyone in the U.S. is going through, it would probably be that as a society we would become much more conscious about the way we spend our life energy (i.e. money), and also be more open to finding alternative means of acquiring the goods and services that we need.  We'll also most likely re-assess what our needs actually are, and whittle down that list accordingly.

Bottom line: if you've never been in a thrift store or considered using second-hand goods before, or if you've never bartered items or services before, perhaps now is the time to explore this "new" world.  I've been doing these things to some extent for years. 

My husband is a self-taught graphic designer / illustrator / artist.  By making logos for businesses, he's been able to cut our expenses in some areas.  When he designs a logo or t-shirt for my son's karate school, for example, he's able to get several months' free tuition in exchange.  Also, we have a tea business, so sometimes I am able to barter with people for items that I need with tea.

The thing that really gets many of us down during these rough times is that, as a coworker of mine said the other day, there is no 'retail therapy'.  So why not get your girlfriends together(you can do this too, guys, I guess?) and swap clothing and accessories? It's a great way to get something new and it won't cost you any cash.

Bartering/trading not only gets you the goods that you need, it also keeps those goods from ending up in the landfills, so you're saving the earth as well.

There are many websites for bartering and trading; here are just a few:

1. Trade books, DVDs, or video games

2. Also a place for trading books, DVDs, etc

3. Trade just about anything here

4. Same as above-looks like fun!

...and one that I just found that really might come in handy for the holidays:

5. For the little ones in your life. You can also donate your unused toys to charity through this site.  Imagine all the decluttering you can do, and if your child is old enough he / she could go online and pick out their own toys to donate and trade.

Finally, don't forget the big will send you e-mails every time something is posted in your area.  And Craigslist is a great resource for free and barter items.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to go do some swapping shopping!


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Comment balloon 3 commentsLisa Bosques • November 21 2008 11:53AM


Burien, a nice idea for Christmas.  We and our friends have decided to cut back this year in different ways, only buying for the children, things like that.  Thanks for posting.

Posted by Charlie Harden over 11 years ago

Hi suggested some great ways to save money, you put a lot into this Post, WELL DONE!

Cheers, thanks for sharing.


Posted by Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation, Accredited Real Estate Consultant (RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Burien, just stopping by to wish you a Happy New Year.  I think a lot of us cut back on Christmas this past year, and the economy proves that out!  Have a great '09!

Posted by Charlie Harden over 11 years ago

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