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Bartering is a great way to save money and build the local economy

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Bartering was the only way to get goods and services before currency was invented. People traded for everything and many are returning to this simpler form of economy. Taking pride in in the goods and services they can provide, they are reaching out to friends and neighbors to trade for what they need and in the process building a stronger more self-reliant community according to a recent report on Mother Earth News.

People are using bartering as a way to be more self-reliant and get off the grid. The trend is spurring other unconventional forms of economic development such as seed libraries, sharing of bicycles and more. People are learning that by cutting back on spending and using basic skills, they can create a more satisfying life. There is nothing like an afternoon of wood chopping to get you in shape and make you appreciate what you have. Other skills include simple animal husbandry and the raising of chickens, goats and other livestock.

One way to own less but not feel like you’re doing without is to identify what you need to have access to but not necessarily own. Once you do, set out to find local resources that might give you that access in exchange for something you have to offer. A couple of good websites for this are Collaborative Consumption and

Check back often for more tips and news on how to live a self-sustained lifestyle.

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