While many Americans overspend to get the “next thing”, not all of us can afford to impulse buy our way through life. Even If you don’t overspend, there are still necessities for every size family that can break your budget. A great way to reduce those costs is to swap clothes, electronics and other stuff within your community. In our modern world, there are even more options to choose from!
Have you ever used swap websites before? A great way to save money is to swap your old stuff that you no longer use for secondhand things that you can make use of. While it’s great to swap between friends and family, it’s also smart to expand your horizon. There are countless websites out there dedicated to only swapping, with no money exchanged at all.
For new mothers looking to swap as their child grows, there is SwapMamas. You can easily sign up and post photos of what you want to get rid of, and see if anyone has what you need. You can make an even swap, or even donate to mothers or fathers in need. It’s not only baby clothes, it’s also electronics, adult clothes, toys and household appliances.
There are also some websites that will do all of the work for you! It’s like hiring someone to run a garage sale for you. All you need to do is pack up the things that you have no need for, and ship them to the facility. The company then sorts them, takes photos and writes descriptions for you, and any items of yours that sell will give you “points” that you can redeem for things you want to buy on the website. It even includes international shipping.
This is a nice alternative to selling things yourself on Ebay, as you may not be getting rid of high-priced items. Also when swapping, there is no need to exchange money, only things.
What else can I Swap?
Another popular trend is to “skill-swap” which works along the same line as other online swap sites. However, skill-swapping expands your options by allowing people to swap talents, skills, hobbies, and more. In this way the possibilities of what you can offer, and what you can get in return, are endless.
For example, you might always have had the longing to learn Spanish. Instead of paying for an expensive Spanish course, you could meet with a native speaker and learn their language while teaching and helping them improve their English grammar in return.
Also, you may have caved into your kids request for a dog, but you or the kids may not have the time or motivation to walk your dog twice a day. You can easily search on a skill-swapping site and find someone else who is able to do it for you. In return you could do something for them that they cannot, such as design a website.
Anyone can join these skill-swapping or stuff-swapping online communities because they work on the idea that everyone has something to offer – whether that is a trade, a specific item, or even networking. Swapping stuff or skills are both great ways to save money, get the things you need, and get things done by investing your time rather than your money.