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Bartering, the Solution to Empty Pockets

Are you severely low on cash, but yet are in desperate need of a particular item? Consider bartering! The method of trading goods and services without the use of currency has been popular for centuries (and essential in most cases), but recently, many of us are too focused on cash purchases and ignore the potential bartering deal.

Perhaps you own a wood chipper that hasn’t been used in 3 years, but your only means of transportation just broke down. There may be someone out there that owns five cars and really needs a wood chipper because they’re clearing a portion of their wooded backyard. Time for a trade! You get rid of your hunk-o-junk and you’re back on the road with some new wheels.

Here are some items that are currently being bartered on craigslist within the South Florida area:

· I will trade my HONDA ACCORD 4 a pickup truck

· Trade MacBook,blackberry, + cash for car LOOK !

· I have top of the line mountain bike + cash looking for laptop/macbook

· 1991 Grand Prix SE -Trade for Motorcycle/ Truck/ SUV

The list could really go on and on. You might be handy. You could trade your services for anything: a bicycle, some tools, a computer, furniture, etc. On the other side of it, you might have something that you consider to be junk, but someone might be willing to repair your furnace for it!

Have you ever bartered? What did you trade?

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My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Hi, just wanted to comment because I enjoy reading your site a lot!!! I have just started to understand the importance of saving. My internet friends and I barter a lot with shoes and bags, mostly because these are easiest to see through pics. Clothes are harder to barter because of sizes for us. But anyway we met online through a fashion forum and we created a google group where we can post things up for trade! It’s awesome as we are all constantly changing our minds.

    • I’m so glad that you like the website, and thanks for your input! The fashion forum sounds pretty cool, and definitely very resourceful. You get new outfits and accessories for zero money! Love it.

  2. My husband and I are retired. We aren’t currently bartering but sometimes we provide a service for someone free…for example babysitting for a young couple so they can go out; helping a grandma with temporary custody of her grandkids, taking someone to the store, putting in a new mailbox for a single older lady, picking up kids from school occasionally,etc. Sometimes there are people out there that are simply willing to help in a area that you have a need. This is especially true if you are a part of a group….for example a member of a church. You get to know people who might be able to help in some areas

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