Well, all the economists are talking about recession and I don't really know what that big fancy word means. I do know with rising gas prices and with rising food prices that times are hard for all of us. I do know being a fan of history that bartering is something we should all think of again. Back in the olden days, people did not have a bunch of cash and what little cash they had needed to go for food and other necessities and not for luxury items. Nowadays, we live in a disposable society where we throw away good useable items everyday. Even during the Great Depression, our ancestors knew that bartering was a way to survive with little or no cash.
I have been working on this idea for a couple of months. Bartering will be the wave of the future if our economy continues on it's downhill slide. Cash is something that right now is on the short side and anyone who can should consider bartering for the things that they need. So when you do your spring cleaning, instead of pricing everything for a garage sale, why not think about bartering some of your un-wanted items instead of selling everything!
About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
What a great idea. My next door neighbors and I have a sort of bartering thing going. When I make a big pot of chili or soup I give them half and they shovel the snow off of my sidewalks. They work and don't have a lot of time to prepare home-cooked meals and I am getting older and shoveling is a lot harder than it used to be.
Back in the olden days (50s - 70s) my neighbors and I traded houseplants and yard plants. We also got together for neighborhood potluck meals with everybody providing a dish. In the summer instead of all the little wading pools being filled we'd gather at someone's house and throw all the kids in one pool. One sturdy piece of furniture might wend it's way up one side of the street and down another. I'd love to see people doing this now. I don't like the economy being in the shape it's in but it is nice to know and depend upon your neighbors.
Re: "About the Author": Just a small correction - that should be "poetess", for a female poet. I assume the "r" is just a typo.
The only thing to watch when bartering is that sometimes you have to report the worth to the IRS. I did a lot of services for food bartering over the years and was astonished when a friend was pursued for undeclared income over bartering car repair work. I think what shocked me the most was that the valuation level was VERY low meaning it didn't take much to cause the barterers to be in violation if the value of the services trade wasn't declared.
Remember the babysitting and lawn cutting flaps several years ago against teens making summer money? Same thing with the adults bartering-Uncle Sam wants his cut.
I traded drywall and other 'handy-woman' services, also sewing and tailoring, for meat and garden produce, it was a great, frugal way to fill the pantry and freezer. But keeping track to stay safe from the taxman was a pain.
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