Here we are at the end of another month. And what did we learn?
Kate walked you through the many ways that she has found to incorporate barter into her life from finding a weekly trade partner to hosting a swap to creating a swapping network.
Rachel gave you a great swapping vinegar recipe that makes fantastic barter currency.
And Aaron at Wallingfarm wants you to actually consider how many barter transactions you can use to replace food purchases.
So maybe your yard is full shade but you have a friend with a full sun yard. She can’t grow lettuce and you can’t grow tomatoes. Get together and make salad! Or it could be honey, or beeswax and tallow for soap, or rabbit hides to tan from someone with no time to tan. Get creative! Everyone one of you can grow or produce or make something that is valuable to someone else and saves you and them money while getting you both off the industrialized food grid and reducing waste.
Barter can be something fun – or it can be something seriously life changing like it has been for Aaron. And don’t forget that you can also barter for things that would make fantastic gifts for those you love (and thereby replace something that you would have purchased.) Christmas is coming and wouldn’t it be fantastic to not need to buy so many mass produced trinkets or Starbucks cards for all the teachers and dog walkers and UPS drivers in your life? So keep that in mind as we work our way closer to December’s challenge – artisan and homemade gifts.
For now I hope you will share what you learned, what seeds were planted, and what you have set aside to barter. I truly hope this humble monthly challenge will be the beginning of a major shift in your life.
What can you win?
A copy of Kate’s fantastically charming book, Hip Girl’s Guide to Homemaking
Mad Barter Skillz – a life changer.
Show us your stuff! Please leave a comment or link up to blog entries below using Mr. Linky, telling me about the challenges you have taken this month. Please only leave one comment or link up one time since doing so is what enters you into the random drawing for prizes. I will leave this challenge open until Sunday, October 7 and then reply to commenters in this blog entry, or email those who linked up that won the random prize drawing.