During the current economic climate people are rediscovering the advantages of bartering and swapping. Using items they have or skills they can offer in exchange for what they need can be a great money saving option.
My most recent bartering experience was with my buddy to till my garden. When he was done we gave him a package of steaks from our freezer. We were able to plant our garden and he got a nice meal. If what you are looking to barter or trade for is not available from friends and family here are some online options you can try.
Craigslist has a section devoted exclusively to bartering. Just post what you are looking for and what you have to exchange.
Swap Treasures – Swap, barter, buy, and sell goods and services.
U-Exchange – Barter services and items and trade everything from houses to motorcycles.
Favor Pals – Swap services with others. If you know what you want but not what to give they offer a “hints list” of ideas.
UISwap – Buy, sell, trade, barter and swap…with live chat.
Swap At Home - Post items you don’t want anymore for coupons then use the coupons to get items you want.
Trade Attic – Register with them to buy, sell and trade your stuff.
Barter Quest - Post what you have and what you want and they will try to match you with others.
Swap Online – This site is purely for trading and bartering your services and items.
Labor Trader – Buy, sell or trade local services.
Do It Yourself Clubs
Offer Your Services for Barter or Cash