What I barter for

When I’m talking to a potential new barter partner about the possibility of joining a barter exchange, at some point or another they always ask the logical question: “What is available to purchase through the exchange?”   Unfortunately, I’m now buying so many things through barter that often I fumble at answering the question because my mind can’t quickly sort out that which I buy on barter from those things that I do not. To that end, I’d like to post here just a sample of items/services that I have personally bartered for just this month (the last 17 days).  Please note that this is not a complete list.  You should also note that this level of purchases is totally normal for me.

  • Regular martial arts class for all 3 of my kids
  • Dog grooming
  • Weekly book-keeping
  • Baked goods for employee gifts and person consumption (yum!)
  • Automobile smog test
  • A large number of clothes for my kids
  • House/office cleaning services
  • Weekly landscape maintenance
  • Pest control (sprayed for spiders around my house)
  • Low fat frozen meals (20)
  • Koolaid packets
  • Leather purse (gift for my daughter…. Don’t tell! <grin>)
  • Business lunch at a local restaurant
  • State map showing fishing locations (gift for hunting buddy)
  • Chiropractor
  • Massage therapy
  • Carpet cleaning
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Programming services that I will charge a client in cash for
  • Regular basketball practice/coaching for my boys

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