Bartering: exchange of goods or services without involving money
Bartering is as old as mankind itself. Before our money based economy, barter was the way a person would get good and services that they could not grow or make or do themselves.
There is a wave of new bartering sweeping our nation thanks to internet bartering. Even Craig’s List has a bartering section.
But as new-fangled as this may be for the modern day city dwellers it is a practice that has always been out here in the country.
These apples came from a neighbors tree. They are yellow transparent apples which make simply incredible sauce.
I loaned her husband a small power tool that cuts concrete siding in exchange for the privilege of picking as many apples as I wanted. I got organic apples for sauce and her husband got use of a tool that made his siding job much easier.
Each year we have our pastures hayed. Instead of investing in the equipment to cut and bale we have a neighbor do it. He keeps most of the hay minus the small amount I need over the winter. Free hay for his cattle in exchange for cutting our fields!
Bartering at its simplest and purest form.
We have unlimited use of a jet ski this summer because my hubby helped one of his co-workers with some electrical issues at his house.
Honey is another bartering currency we use in exchange for things. So are tomatoes, homemade jams, loans of equipment and even use of our cabin!
If you are interested in bartering over the internet here are a few free sites.
This is not a bartering site but a site full of free things!
So next time you reach for your checkbook to buy something with money consider what you might barter with your neighbors for. Or reach out to someone in cyperspace and see if you can find something in exchange for something you have.
It is cheap, it is easy, and it is a great way to spend the afternoon visiting with your neighbor as you pick apples together!
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she digs and dishes the dirt on living an authentic country life!