Barter Trading To Save Money

Learn the secrets of Barter Trading to Save Money

This is an excellent way to save money.

This is now the 'new' way of trading - although in fact it is ages old, starting when there was no currency system in existence.

Do you have a surplus of apples or strawberry runners? Or are you in need of loads of apples to store for the winter? This is a barter trading situation.

Just use your initiative and think of surplus items you have,
or any skills you are able to offer.

Can you sew? There are many people around who would like the odd sewing job done which could provide a niche for you. First of all start in a small way - take a look around your local area and see what is on offer. Do any of your neighbours have surplus produce from their garden that you need? What can you offer in return? How about some baking? This is how you could set up a barter trading system with them.

Do you have a skill such as dressmaking, decorating, plumbing or gardening?

Do any of your neighbours require transport on the odd occasion where you could help out with your car?

Can you look after a neighbour's dog or children on a short time basis?

Have a look around and assess your particular situation. This can make for a good barter trading system.

The exchange of skills and goods is making a comeback because of the credit squeeze - in fact it seems to make a barter trading system inevitable.

The following sites may help you to set up a barter trading operation.

There are some web sites to cater for this barter trading system, and to make life easier for you, we offer a selection.

www.uk.bartercard.com/

There are some web sites to cater for this barter trading system, and to make life easier for you, we offer a selection.

www.u-exchange.com/home

This site is vast, but finding your way around is easy because all the swaps are divided by county as you search for your exchange house.

www.readitswapit.co.uk


This is one for the bookworms. It is the largest UK book swap site with 250,000 items listed. Membership is free and users are encouraged to post details of any books they no longer need.

www.bookmooch.com

Although based in California - and it shows from the jolly home page - it covers 91 countries including the UK.

www.swapz.co.uk

Swapz claims to be the biggest, most established and original direct swap website where you can swap anything with anyone. It is free to join and you can start swapping straight away - anything from old ships' radios to bird collections.

www.timebanking.org

Time banking link people locally to share their time and skills. Everyone's time is equal: one hour of your time earns you one time credit to spend when you need. Quite simple. You can find and join your nearest Time Bank by logging on to this site. it has been operating since 1998.

As a thought, if there is not a Time Bank operating in your area, why not investigate the possibility of starting one?

www.voxswap.com

This is a very interesting site with an unusual offering.

It claims - make friends - learn a language. Lessons, books and CDs are great, but they can't replace speaking to a native speaker.

If this is your forte - give them a try and see what they can offer.

www.downsizer.net

This site is different to those above. There are various articles for you to read from Growing your own vegetables, a Quick and Chunky Sock pattern to a Kimchi (Korean vegetable pickle) recipe - so the choice is yours. it is also possible to exchange seeds on this site.

www.ukhomeswap.co.uk

Is a site for council house exchange, housing association exchange and home swaps in general. It covers England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It seems a bit basic, but may well provide a need. They claim to have 34,778 registered members, so you may well find what you are looking for here.

www.snaffleup.co.uk

This site is quite similar to www.freecycle.org A site where you can offer unwanted goods for collection

www.musicmagpie.co.uk

Will buy your old CDs, games etc., and even pay the postage.

www.ukholidayswapshop.co.uk

Does exactly 'what it says on the tin'. Free to join but there is a £14.95 to exchange details.

www.swapaskill.com

Free to register and join, but there is a £6.00 charge if you wish to contact a handyman.

The proliferation of these sites must be a sign of the times -
unfortunately - recession is here.


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