Thrifty Living Part 4 is about bartering.
If you have a talent or skill you can barter with friends, family or neighbors for things you both can agree on.
Possible barter items or skills-
Eggs-from poultry you raise *
Produce- fruits and vegetable your grow*
Homemade Jams or Jellies*
Fresh Baked Bread, cookies, brownies, etc. *
Cooking a meal*
Grocery Shopping for someone else*
Sewing or mending clothes
Knitted or Crochet items
Office work-examples include typing or data entry*
There are so many more things than what I have listed above. The ones marked with * are things that I know how to do and could use those items or skills to barter. Since we live in a rural area we don't have the conveniences of those that live in a city so bartering here could be useful for those who live here. No to mention that I live in an economically suppressed area in Arizona. There are a lot of times that I couldn't afford to have something done but I could offer to barter for some or all of what I needed done. For example having the oil changed in my car. I would offer to barter what it would cost me to have it done professionally. My offer may include 1 jar of homemade jam, a couple loaves of homemade bread (of their choice), eggs from chickens or ducks I raise and something from my garden (if it does well). I believe that bartering should make a come back. It would help our community and ourselves.