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Day 15 Frugal Living Challenge: Share and Barter

May 11, 2012

Ok, I know there was a huge two month gap from my last post until now. But I’ve been busy doing, well, the things I write about here! So let me warn you, I intend to finish the Frugal Living Challenge Series, but please don’t expect a post everyday. Maybe like twice a week. And something else thrown in between them to keep you up to speed on what is brewing here. It really has been life changing for myself and family. So, without further delay:


Learning to Share and Barter

Andrea at Frugally Sustainable has an amazing 25 item list of suggestions to get you started thinking about how you can learn to share or barter. There are all kinds of things you have or can do for someone else that will meet their needs, and down the road, yours too. I’d like to break this conversation down further into two ideas: Ways to meet your physical needs and wants and ways to feeling emotionally or spiritually uplifted.

Meeting your physical needs and wants

Some of my favorite suggestions from Frugally Sustainable are

  1. To participate in Freecycle
  2. Carpool
  3. Share yard tools

Some of my own suggestions are:

  1. Give a try. You offer up for auction things you don’t need or want in exchange for points to spend like money on other Listia auction items. If what you want isn’t stuff, then keep your eyes open for gift cards to places you frequent- we have had great success with Amazon  and Lowes gift cards.
  2. Exchange accessories with your friends. Do the ol’ girly exchange party and make some mimosas. Accessories often have less signs of wear and tear than clothing and they are one-size-fits-all, so no matter what shape or size, no one feels left out.
  3. Don’t be ashamed to shop at Good Will. Or ReStore. Or Army Surplus stores. Donating your things to these places is great, but there are treasures for you, as well. Frugally Sustainable suggests shopping used first and that is right on!

The Intangible Gifts: Feeling Emotionally and Spiritually Uplifted

“And the greatest of these is Love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

There are suggestions on this list that give you more elusive gifts than just stuff. Giving freely of yourself without conditions or strings attached has immediate and long-lasting rewards. When you give to someone out of love (not that you have to be in love with that person, but because there is simply love in your heart) a beautiful thing happens: more love is made. Things like this include:

  1. make a meal for the family that just had a baby
  2. volunteer your time
  3. perform random acts of kindness

Those were a few suggestions from Frugally Sustainable. Some things I like to do are:

  1. Sharing from my kitchen, whether its baked goods or lotion or soap.
  2. Sharing from my garden
  3. having a friend or neighbor over for a cup of coffee or tea. Just offering an ear or one-on-one time is priceless.

Nothing fancy. So share and trade, my friends. Enjoy!




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