If simply unloading your stuff is too much of a cold-turkey approach for you, consider swapping. Ideally, it’s a zero sum gain in terms of stuff, with one item gone for every “new to you” possession you acquire. And unlike shopping, post-swap you’re no poorer than when you began.
Maybe, just maybe, you got what you wanted under the Christmas tree. As for the rest of us …
In a year when a barter economy got new life, when consumers became more comfortable trading services or goods for everything from health care to a new wardrobe, some items switched hands a lot more than others. Among the most popular goods to swap were “The Dark Knight” on DVD, Taylor Swift CDs, Wii Fit, and books from the Twilight series.
The coupon-crazed deal-posting website Buxr rounded up a whole mess of the best sites for swapping your stuff, free of charge.
Here are ten things to do this summer that are free or cheap, and that are at least more productive than loafing on the couch. You’ve got the time, right?
Look around your house. There are probably books you never read, CDs you never listen to, and DVDs you never watch. Wouldn’t it be great if you could trade them in for something new you’d enjoy? You can. Swaptree.com is here to help. The site lets users barter goods they’re willing to part with (say The DaVinci Code in hardback) for …