I was just thinking of how many things I have bartered for this year instead of paying cash. In the old, old days people bartered for EVERYTHING.
What is a Barter System?
A barter system is an old method of exchange. This system has been used for centuries and long before money was invented. People exchanged services and goods for other services and goods in return. Today, bartering has made a comeback using techniques that are more sophisticated to aid in trading; for instance, the Internet. In ancient times, this system involved people in the same area, however today bartering is global. The value of bartering items can be negotiated with the other party. Bartering doesn’t involve money which is one of the advantages. You can buy items by exchanging an item you have but no longer want or need. Generally, trading in this manner is done through Online auctions and swap markets.
Do you know where the term “buck” for a dollar came from? During the 17th and 18th century, colonists traded beaver pelts and deer skins for tobacco, corn, nails, etc…
Bartering clubs started up in the US during the Great Depression when money was scare and then a resurgance of clubs in the 1980’s where 100’s of clubs started up while we were all in that almost never ending recession. Over the past few years bartering again picked up and spread like hot cakes but there are STILL people that would not even think for a minute about trading something for something. “Oh goodness, the horror…uugghhh why would anyone want to do barter. I’ll just go BUY it!!!” Well I say “go right ahead, buy it!” and snicker that I was able to score a couple steaks for baking up some fresh bread.
Do you have a talent or service to offer? Or do you bake, cook, garden, make crafty stuff, can homemade produce? Are you good at cutting lawns, chopping trees, cleaning houses, cut hair? If you answered YES to any of these, then you can barter too! If you don’t do any of the above, maybe you have a bunch of kitchen pots, pans, electronics, etc..that you no longer use but are in really good condition? Well trade those! I belong to a couple of groups locally that barter but you could also find some online groups with Craigs list or Ebay. For now, I will still with people I know but maybe in the future I will venture out. 🙂
Thinking back throughout the year, with money being tighter than ever, I feel very blessed for what I got through my bartering efforts and couponing. Here’s a list of goodies from 2013!
Mostly traded for homemade bread that I baked or herbal remedies:
5-6lbs pork chops
4 lbs water buffalo
cube steaks, ground beef
lots of mushrooms!
many lotions and soaps
hand knitted socks
lots and lots of kale and other greens
liver dog jerky
pounds and pounds of sweet potatoes and regular potatoes
pumpkins, squash – all kinds
fresh herbs – bunches and bunches
radishes, peas, eggplants, green beans, onions
muscadines, berries – quarts
a glass pendant
tomatoes galore(since mine did not do well this year)
plastic bottles for lip balms, salves, lotions
36 ears of corn
glass bread pans, cooling racks
pampered chef clips, pictures
bouquets and bouquets of fresh flowers
money off a conferences traded for volunteer hours
drink mixes, fresh ground coffee.
I think that is all I can remember!!!! OK so how did you do this year? Any good trades???
For 2014 I will log in EVERYTHING I barter for to see how well I can do. I need to cut my grocery and household costs even more. Can I cut my budget in half? What ya think? C’mon if Mavis from One Hundred Dollars A Month can do it then so can I. Wish me luck!
Enjoy the rest of 2013 😀