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Daily Expenditure $0: 20 Sites Of Modern Barter Trade

Daily Expenditure $0: 20 Sites Of Modern Barter Trade

Bartering or swapping sites provide easy ways to trade locally for services or needed products. Bartering or swapping can conveniently also take place through the mail . Of course, sites designed for swapping save money, especially since bartering is tax-free. The practice of bartering has been going on for centuries but on the Internet, people from all over the world can connect faster and with more convenience.

1. SwapStyle

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    SwapStyle is a bustling world wide bartering, sell, or  buy clothing site. Women and children’s clothing are available, as well as, sections for entertainment, accessories, shoes, and maternity wear. The site has been around since 2004 and is quite the popular spot for trading or buying. The site is free to join.

    2. Rehash Clothes

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      Rehash Clothes is a swap site for just about everything. There are men’s, women’s, and kid’s clothes available, along with, accessories, DVDs, textbooks and far more. The site was originally designed to design and reuse old clothes into designer clothes. Upon its launch Rehash Clothes quickly gained popularity as a swap site.

      3. Craigslist

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         Craigslist provides a a great resource for anyone looking to barter or swap. It was started in 1995 by Craig Newmark as a list of local events in San Francisco. Craigslist quickly grew into the large entity today, where people can go and find just about anything.

        4. Swap.com

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          Swap.com touts itself as ‘the largest online consignment store for baby and kids’ items. Parents simply box up the child’s clothes, toys, or maternity clothes and swap.com takes care of the rest. The items sent in are photographed and those with consigned items price their clothing or swap for needed items.

          5. U-Exchange

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            U-Exchange is an international bartering site for just about anything. Swap motorcycles, cars, homes, and more. There is no membership fee, people only have to sign in with a legitimate e-mail to begin swapping. U-Exchange does charge a very small fee to trade boats or to swap property permanently. Check out the guidelines before bartering.

            6. Freecycle

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              Freecycle was begun in 2003 in Tucson, AZ. It began as an e-mail list for locals to find other peoples throw-aways. The site grew quickly and now has over 7 million members worldwide. Simply enter your zip code to find those close to you or enter the zip of a larger city to discover whether some members will ship their items in an international swap.

               7. Game TZ

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                 Game TZ is a great and inexpensive way to keep a gamer happy. The zone allows users to create a library of their games and to trade between users without a fee of any kind. The site features top traders and what has been traded and received. Game accessories are also available to trade or buy.

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                8. PaperBack Swap

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                  Book lovers will truly love PaperBack Swap. Members build up their library in order to swap with other members. When a member lists ten books, they receive two credits. These credits are then used to barter with others in the group. For example, once a book is mailed and received by another member, the member who sent the book earns two credits. Extra credits are available for trading audio books.

                  9. SwapaCD

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                    SwapaCD works the same way as PaperBack Swap. Credits are earned in return for building a library and for sending CD’s to members. CD’s cost $0.49 and one credit point to purchase a CD. These credits may also be used in conjunction with the paperback swap site. Members may join and browse for free.

                    10. SwapaDVD

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                      SwapaDVD is also a part of PaperBack Swap and SwapaCD. Once the user builds a library of ten available DVD’s to swap or purchase, the member is awarded two credits. DVD’s then cost $0.49 plus one credit. When a DVD is successfully sent to another party a credit is awarded to the sender. Paper back books and CD’s can also be swapped or purchased.

                      11. Book Mooch

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                        Book Mooch is both national and international book swap site. The site works only on a point system. 1/10 of a point is awarded for each book entered. One point is awarded for every book sent and received, three points if sent out of the United States. A point is deducted for every book received, three points if mailed out of the country. The site is free to join, the only cost are shipping of books.

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                         12. Swap Ace

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                          Swap Ace is free to join. Members can buy or trade just about anything, including cars. clothes, electronics, and much more. Bartering deals can be made locally, nationally, and internationally. Services, such as, child care, home improvements, and cleaning services are available.

                          13. Neighbor Goods

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                            Neighbor Goods is free to join in order to barter goods and services at a local level. List stuff you are willing to share or barter in your inventory, which allows others near you to find what you have. Search for your needed stuff on other people’s inventory lists. Plus, Neighbor Goods helps you track your stuff as you lend it out or are borrowing.

                            14. Trash Bank

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                              Trash Bank is a completely free site to list, barter, or buy just about anything. The site was founded in 2005 by avid traders. Trash Bank users offer testimonials of their experiences to the trading, buying, or bartering services offered. Bargain travel sites, along with valuable e-coupons are part of the services offered on the site.

                              15. Barter Quest

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                                Barter Quest allows users to barter or bargain hunt for the best price. Simply list what you have and what you want and the database sorts automatically. You will be matched to who has what you are looking to barter or buy. Every conceivable item is up for grabs.

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                                16. Trade Away

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                                  Trade Away is where you can buy, sell, or swap any item for just about anything. Users bid on items, similar to an auction house. Sellers accept the offer that is stellar to them. Registration is absolutely free. Trade anything from antiques to vacation homes.

                                  17. Listia

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                                    Listia lets you earn points off stuff you barter. Earned points then can be used to ‘buy’ other people’s stuff. On this site you can trade almost anything that moves. Joining is free, and you can join with your facebook or e-mail account.

                                    18. Tukar Tukar

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                                      Tuka Tukar is completely free, simply register with a valid social media or e-mail account. Build ‘inventory’ in your virtual garage to start trading, it really is as simple as that.

                                      19. Adal Bdal

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                                         Adal Bdal is completely free to join and start swapping. Most traders are in India and the site does request permission to find your exact location. The site was created to let people unload there unwanted stuff for stuff that could be used by someone else. There are many items in which bargain hunters would have a difficult time finding elsewhere.

                                        20. What’s On My Bookshelf?

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                                          What’s On My Bookshelf is another barter site for books of all kinds. Users receive one credit per every five books listed. The system uses tags, unlike other sites that require books be placed in a genre. Once a book is sent and received, the sender receives 1 point. Points are redeemed through the user choosing a book and having it sent to them.

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                                          Published on September 17, 2018

                                          How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                          How Being Smart With Your Money Leads to Financial Success

                                          Achieving financial success is not something that just happens. Maybe if you win the lottery or something, but for the average person like you or me, it comes from a series of small steps you take over a long period of time.

                                          With each step, you form a new smart money habit. And with each smart money habit, you build towards financial independence.

                                          So what sort of habits can you form to get on that path? Let’s take a look at smart money habits you can start today to get you closer to a financially independent future.

                                          1. Avoid being “penny wise but pound foolish”

                                          It’s tempting to try saving a couple cents here and there when buying small items. However, that’s not where the real money is saved. You’re putting in extra effort for something that doesn’t move the needle.

                                          You get the most bang when you’re able to cut down on your bigger bills. For example, finding a lower interest rate for your mortgage could save you $50+ per month. And cutting your transportation bill by purchasing a cheaper car or taking public transportation can provide large gains as well.

                                          So, look at your recurring expenses such as housing, transportation, and insurance, and see where there’s wiggle room. It’s a much better use of your time than trying to pinch pennies here and there on smaller purchases.

                                          2. When you want something big, wait

                                          Impulsivity can get you in trouble in most aspects of life. Finances are no different.

                                          It’s human nature to see something and want it right then and there. It starts as a kid in the checkout line at the grocery store, and it continues on through adulthood.

                                          We get an idea in our head of something we want, and it’s hard not to go out and get it right then.

                                          A good example is wanting a new car. Perhaps you’ve had your car for several years. It’s crossed the 100k mile mark. Maybe maintenance is due, and you’re annoyed that you need to replace the timing belt or purchase new tires.

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                                          So, you get the itch.

                                          You start digging around online, and you realize you could trade in your current car for something newer and more exciting… all for a few hundred bucks a month. Then you get obsessed.

                                          Here’s where you have to take a step back.

                                          Your newfound obsession is clouding your judgement. Rather than giving into the impulse, wait it out.

                                          Set a timeframe for yourself. Maybe you come back to the decision three months down the road. See if the obsession lasts.

                                          It might, but often, a funny thing happens. Often, you forget about it. And often, you find that the new car wasn’t a need at all.

                                          The impulse faded. And you just saved yourself a ton of money.

                                          3. Live smaller than you can afford

                                          You finally get that big raise. And you want to celebrate – and why not?

                                          You’ve been looking forward to this forever. And after all, it was all due to your hard work.

                                          That’s fine, splurge a little. However, make it a one-time deal and be done.

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                                          Don’t get caught in the trap that just because you’re now making more money, you should spend more.

                                          Too often, people get more money and feel like they that gives them the means to buy a bigger house, a bigger car… you know the drill. Resist.

                                          The fact is that living smaller than what you can afford is one of the fastest ways to build savings.

                                          But if you constantly upgrade as you begin to make more, then you’ll never get ahead. You’ll just build up more debt along the way and have just as little wiggle room as before.

                                          4. Practice smart grocery shopping

                                          Food… it’s one of the biggest portions of any budget. And if you’re not careful, it can be one of the biggest drains on your wallet.

                                          But luckily, there are a few things you can do to ensure that you stay smart with your money when buying groceries.

                                          Create a grocery budget

                                          Set a strict weekly grocery budget. When you know how much you can spend on groceries, you can then plan your weekly menu around it.

                                          Once you know what all you need, you can go shopping and keep a running tally as you shop to ensure you’re on track.

                                          I tend to do this in my head, rounding for each item. However, writing it down as you go would probably work best for most people.

                                          Make a list… and never deviate

                                          Never go to the grocery store without a list. If you go to the store with a ballpark idea in mind, you don’t have a true ide of what you need.

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                                          You’re not well-researched. You don’t know what the sales are. As a result, you’re going to make decisions on the fly.

                                          These impulse decisions will lead to overspending, which will derail your grocery budget.

                                          Eat before going grocery shopping

                                          It’s also important to eat prior to going to the grocery store. Hunger is a powerful force.

                                          If you’re shopping on an empty stomach, everything is going to look good. In particular, you may find a lot of ready-made, processed snacks will look enticing.

                                          After all, you’re hungry now and that food is easily available. So subconsciously, you may lean towards those items.

                                          Unfortunately, not only are those items typically less healthy, but they’re likely more expensive. You pay for convenience.

                                          However, when you eat prior to shopping, then you’ll shop with a clear mind. Your hunger won’t cloud your judgement, influencing you to make poor decisions like a cartoon devil resting on your shoulder whispering in your ear.

                                          This makes it much easier to stick to your grocery plan.

                                          5. Cancel your gym membership

                                          Now that you’re all set on your food, it’s time to get smart about managing your budget in terms of physical fitness. And let’s begin by avoiding the gym. The gym bill, that is.

                                          The average gym membership costs around $60 per month. That’s $720 a year.

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                                          Yet, two out of three gym memberships go unused. That means two-thirds of people who have a gym membership are literally giving away almost a thousand bucks a year. It’s crazy!

                                          I recommend seeking an alternative. One good alternative is to look into fitness streaming services.

                                          Streaming services allow you to stream hundreds of workouts like Insanity and p90x, right in your own home for around $10-20 a month. That’s $40-50 less a month than the average gym membership.

                                          Of course, then there’s the free option. The internet is full of free workouts that you can do on your own with minimal or no equipment.

                                          For example, there’s the Couch to 5K program, that I personally used a decade ago to ease myself from couch potato to running my first 5K race. If I could do it, anyone could.

                                          Then there are free resources like reddit that have limitless information on workouts. The Fitness subreddit has done all the research for you, populating workout tips and detailed workout routines for anyone to use in their wiki.

                                          There are several routines that require no equipment. And you can join in on the subreddit to become part of the community, making it easier for those seeking comraderie and encouragement in their fitness goals. All for free.

                                          It’s baby steps… And baby steps can start now!

                                          I’ve never met anyone that can’t stand to be a bit smarter with their money. And on the flip side, anyone can get smarter with their money. But remember, it doesn’t happen all at once.

                                          Begin by fighting your impulses. Prepare for the week and be smart at the store. And cut monthly expenses like gym memberships that are overpriced and you probably aren’t getting your money’s worth out of anyway.

                                          The devil is in the details. And the details can change your lifestyle and prep you for a financially independent future.

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