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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 January 17, 2020

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          How to Eat Healthy on a Budget (The Definitive Guide)

                                          Have you ever looked at health gurus and wondered how on earth they can afford all that health food? Or maybe you’ve tried multiple times to start eating healthy only to find the $600 monthly budget overwhelming?

                                          If you’re anything like me, you know exactly what I’m talking about! I absolutely understand the sinking feeling of looking back over a grocery budget and finding you went way over what you intended. And besides that, it can be hard to justify buying a tiny $5 bag of carrot chips while a $1 mound of potato chips is sitting right next door.

                                          My husband and I recently ran into that struggle. We got married this past year and soon found ourselves trying to balance 12 hour work-days with keeping our relationship strong and trying to keep our personal businesses afloat. Granted, our budget was the one thing that took a hit! After we started tracking our spending, we were shocked to see we were spending over $1000 a month just on food! A little planning cleared that right up.

                                          So, how to eat healthy on a budget?

                                          Here’re the top tips I learned that helped us shave over $600 monthly off of our food budget so we could reinvest that in the areas that really mattered to us![1]

                                          1. Meal Plan

                                          You’ve probably heard the saying “Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail” right? Well, this saying couldn’t be any more true than in the area of healthy budgeting! The fact is, most healthy foods don’t actually cost that much… the pre-made time saving ones do!

                                          If you go about creating a healthy meal plan within your budget, you could easily cut costs down to around the same price you are paying for junk food.

                                          Meal planning is as simple as working in foods you already have in your fridge/freezer, adding in several meals with simple ingredients and seasonal veggies, and breaking it down into a shopping list.

                                          Often, finding a few meals to make in big batches will save you the most money in the long run, which leads me to my next point.

                                          2. Cook in Bulk

                                          Not only will cooking in bulk save you a whole lot of time, it will save you a whole lot of money too! Believe it or not, if you find meals to make with similar ingredients, you can easily save more money than when you were eating unhealthy.

                                          Don’t believe me? Just look at a $4 frozen pasta dinner. Now, sub that with a veggie pasta dinner. 5 zuchinni ($3), Pasta sauce ($2.50), and chicken ($5) could last you a full 5 meals which adds up to a whopping total of just over $1 per meal!

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                                          That’s not even digging in to all the money you will save from fast-food. Trust me, a little $10 spent here and there add up! You’ll be saving a whopping amount from all the meal prep you will do!

                                          3. Cook all Your Meals in One Day

                                          The science behind this is 2-fold.

                                          Number one, if you have lots of meals to grab and go, you will be far less likely to binge on pricier food when you get hungry. Let’s be real, you’re not going to spend 1 hour cooking when hub-n’-grub is at your bekon-call!

                                          Number 2, meal prepping ahead of time will help you stick to your meal plan better when you’re not in the mood. Let’s face it, we’re all going to have days when protein and veggies doesn’t exactly sound appealing. But, if you have a full meal that’s quick to grab in the fridge, it will be easier for you to fill up on the good stuff rather than spending money on what you don’t really need.

                                          4. Cut Back on Snacks and Specialty Items

                                          I can almost hear you from across the screen. “But, I thought snacks were good for me!” Here’s the deal: Snacks are expensive! And healthy snacks, oh my goodness, say goodbye to your paycheck!

                                          Look, I’m definitely not saying that healthy snacks are bad. Quite frankly, I would much rather you chow down on Halo Top than a triple-butterfinger-fudge sundae. It’s just that… healthy snacks are why eating healthy gets a bad rap for being expensive.

                                          Look at it this way: You could either buy a week’s worth of groceries full of chicken, fish, beans, veggies, and fruits for $30. Or, you can spend that $30 on six snacks that will leave you hungry for more.

                                          What’s more, the ingredients for gluten-free baked goods, sugar free substitutes, or protein powders alone will add up to you eating a full week’s budget in one sitting. By all means, if you want to work some yummy items into your budget, do it! But don’t confuse that extra monthly $300 of delicacies as a necessity. Your body and budget will thank you!

                                          5. Satisfy Yourself with Your Favorite Subs

                                          We all have an emotional tie to food. Maybe pasta reminds you of home! Or maybe a fresh-baked pizza is what gives you a feeling of comfort. Whatever you favorite food, find a way to work it into your budget in the best way.

                                          We’re only human, and depriving ourselves of what we love will never end well. More often than not actually, it ends in take-out or a pricey-premade substitute.

                                          Instead of finding yourself in this situation, find a way to make your favorite foods fit your budget. Zuchinni noodle pasta might just give you that feeling of home without breaking the bank. Or maybe you could google a healthy pizza alternative you would like that you could make at home. Often, something similar to your craving will be enough to give you a sense of satisfaction.

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                                          Or, just buy your cheat meal and save it for a special day. That’s okay too!

                                          6. Stick to the Cheaper Proteins

                                          Okay, I know we all love steak. Unfortunately, buying pre-cooked or expensive cuts of meat are one of the easiest ways to drain a budget.

                                          Instead of purchasing those, try buying frozen chicken or eggs. A 5 lb bag of frozen chicken can be as cheap as $5, and you can buy a whole weeks worth of eggs for just over $1. You could even try going vegetarian for a few meals if you really want to cut down on costs!

                                          7. Buy Frozen Fruits and Veggies

                                          I know, we all love our fresh fruits and veggies! However, sometimes frozen might be the way to go if you’re looking to cut costs!

                                          Fruits and veggies are easiest to ship when frozen, making them a much cheaper option. Contrary to popular belief, scientists have actually found that frozen might be better for you too![2]

                                          The reason is, frozen produce is picked at its prime and shipped immediately. Fresh fruit tends to be picked much earlier so it will ripen while being shipped. Not only does this make it less nutrient dense, but sometimes the fruits are actually pumped with artificial flavors to make up for the lack of real nutrients.

                                          While I’m all for fresh fruits and veggies, don’t feel guilty if you opt for frozen foods due to a budget.

                                          8. Bump up the Calories with Rice and Beans

                                          The problem some people find when trying to eat healthy is that it can be hard to get the amount of calories you need without relying on expensive “specialty” items. Instead of stocking up on pricey gluten-free breads and pasta, I say stick to simple rice and beans as the bulk of your meals.

                                          Brown Rice is very cheap and easy to use as a base for bowls and dishes. Likewise, beans can add a bit of fiber making you feel full and satisfied without having to spend a lot of money.

                                          If you are trying to cut on body fat, use extra veggies as the bulk of your meal and add in rice and beans as a filler.

                                          9. Try Acai Bowls

                                          Acai Bowls can be a really cheap and satisfying meal as long as you do it right.

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                                          You can find cheap fruits at most stores or just freeze your fresh fruits before it goes bad.

                                          Making your own granola can save you a lot of money as well. The total cost for this delicious meal should only add up to a few dollars compared to triple that price if you were to buy one pre-made.

                                          10. Make Your Own Meal Kits

                                          Do you like your meals freshly cooked? Sending meal kits to your doorstep is an easy way to drain your budget. Instead, try making your meal kit at home! Not only is it fun, you will easily get a delicious taste.

                                          Simply find a few simple meal cards or print some out and fill a ziplock with the ingredients for each specific day. Don’t know what recipe to make? Another option is to order one month of meal kits and recycle the recipe into ingredients for the upcoming months with ingredients you picked up from the store.

                                          11. Don’t Drink Your Calories

                                          A few dollars spent here and there can really add up! Just as with specialty items, healthy drinks can be a blackhole for you. An energy drink and kombucha and coffee each day could easily have you spending and extra $300 each month!

                                          I you really need a special drink fix, try making your favorites at home. Bring a coffee in, make kombucha, or even try making lemonade with stevia or a healthy soda. You’ll be surprised w hat a big difference such a small change can make on your budget!

                                          12. Buy Cheap Online

                                          Just like anything else, it pays to be prepared. Buying foods from online retailers can be a really affordable way to save money as long as you’re prepared.

                                          Plan ahead for those more expensive specialty items you can’t live without. It will save you tons of money compared to having to buy food from a specialty store.

                                          13. Don’t Fret about the Clean Fifteen

                                          One of the huge things that can mess with a person’s budget is eating organic. For the record, I am 110% all for eating organic whenever you can. However, for some people, it can be hard to make organic food fit into a budget.

                                          Instead of scratching healthy eating for a smaller budget, try to buy meat and the dirty dozen organic, and don’t go crazy about the rest. The clean fifteen are the fifteen safest foods to buy that aren’t organic! Meanwhile, the dirty dozen is the most worthwhile avoiding. According to Produce Retailer, these are the dirty dozens:[3]

                                          1. Strawberries
                                          2. Spinach
                                          3. Kale
                                          4. Nectarines
                                          5. Apples
                                          6. Grapes
                                          7. Peaches
                                          8. Cherries
                                          9. Pears
                                          10. Tomatoes
                                          11. Celery
                                          12. Potatoes

                                          14. Pay Attention to Storage

                                          Keeping the food you have is just as important as how much food is in the first place. Try to stay on top of how much produce you can actually use before it goes bad. It might not be a bad idea to pencil an extra shopping trip in the middle of the week to keep food fresh.

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                                          Investing in good food storage containers could go a long way in saving you in the long run as well.

                                          15. Freeze Food Before it Goes Bad

                                          Instead of getting mad at yourself at the end of the week for all the wilted produce you need to throw out, try freezing it before you get to that point.

                                          Most frozen veggies will taste delicious in stir fries and soups. You can freeze fruits to make sorbet or smoothies. Frozen greens can be chopped up and tossed into just about anything for a nutrient boost!

                                          16. Consider Ditching Most Supplements and Powders

                                          I have nothing against superfood powders and supplements. However, if your budget is tight, it can be hard to fit supplements and powders in.

                                          Instead of adding in powders, add extra nutrients to you food. Add lots of greens and veggies to all your meals to meet your nutrient needs. If you need a specific supplement, you can find great deals online as well!

                                          17. Use Budget App

                                          There are so many great apps you can download for free. One of my current favorite is HoneyDue because you can track your budget easily with your spouse. There are many options available, just find the one that you’re most likely to use. The ones that download your spendings automatically are often the easiest and will give you a more accurate number.

                                          My husband and I use the same app, but have a separate budget for each of our weekly food plan and for our additional snacks. Keeping things separate can often be helpful to know exactly where your money is going. Plus, it can help hold you accountable if you have a significant other you are sharing money with.

                                          18. Use What you Have

                                          Most people have unused protein powders lying around in their cabinets. Instead of letting that go to waste, work them into your meal plan. Protein powders can make amazing doughnuts, pastries, or pancakes!

                                          19. Enjoy the Process!

                                          Finding ways to enjoy your new lifestyle will be helpful in sticking to it long term. Find fun in seeing how much you can save each month. Make a competition with someone to see who can stick to the lowest budget and create something fun to do for the winner with some of the money saved! Blast some music in the kitchen while cooking your new recipes.

                                          Budgeting and health doesn’t have to be a drag. Make it fun and you’ll enjoy your new lifestyle long-term!

                                          Featured photo credit: kevin laminto via unsplash.com

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