Bartering Is Coming Back Into Vogue.

This does kinda relate to my earlier post about living in a small town during this recession, as we are seeing more bartering going on amongst neighbors in order for everyone to save money. I just read this story about people in Atlanta finding ways to get goods and services without spending any cash at all and figured I would share with you guys. Seems bartering is catching on everywhere, and I think it is a great thing – it’s kinda like going back in time to when people took care of each other. I do hope that if the economy comes back we can continue down this path as it saves money, resources, and it helps to build stronger communities. From the article:

Once a week, this group that calls itself the YOUMEs gather around a campfire in Dr. David Epstein’s backyard to offer what they have and to find out who within their community might have something they want.

Each person takes a turn offering assets and announcing needs.

The group is part of a growing national trend of communities looking for low-impact, locally rooted solutions in this challenging economy. Along with saving money, they’re meeting neighbors, learning what they have to offer and making connections that they say will benefit themselves and their community, today and in the future.

How cool is that? Maybe if you live in a neighborhood where you think that might work, you should start a group too. You can share food, tools, jobs, etc – and everyone benefits. Have you seen anything like this where you live?

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  1. Doing more bartering was one of my goals for 2009. Dollar-wise I haven’t done an incredible amount of bartering, but it’s a steady trickle, and it’s very satisfying to me. Mostly I barter homemade breads with farmers for their dairy and meats. With summer coming on, I won’t be baking so much. But I’ll pick it back up in the fall.

  2. Tina says:

    I love bartering. Been working on this with people I know for years. Last year I traded veggie seeds with a co-worker only to find out that I don’t like Swiss Chard, but it didn’t cost me anything. I worked out some deals for other people for appliances, some fencing and other odds and ends. Traded some veggies for homemade salsa. Thats all I can think of right now.. But I can tell you bartering is fun!

  3. Jerry says:

    I think this is a fantastic trend. My wife teaches music and would barter services with some of her students who had trouble affording the lessons. It’s a win-win for everyone. It can also lead to lasting friendships. She is very close still to some of her students. Of course, it depends on what you do. If you’re selling insurance it might be a tough go but if you ofter another kind of service people are pretty keen to barter with you.

  4. MoneyEnergy says:

    Very interesting! I think it’s great that this is happening, would like to see more of it…. but not sure it would help for low-incomers much if they don’t already have much to “barter” with…. if you live in an apartment you may not even be able to grow any veggies to sell, etc.

  5. David says:

    You could always barter services – lawn, home repair, decorations, etc..

  6. I love bartering. I do a lot of rebates, and use these items to barter with. I have had some limited success finding barter partners on Craigslist. I’m not giving up on it, because I think it’s a really worthwhile thing to do.