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Bartering is Back, Baby!


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"Bartering is so hot right now," Farnoosh Torabi of TheStreet.com told Matt Lauer this morning on the Today Show. The crummy economic climate is inspiring creative ways to save money, including the exchange of goods and services instead of cash. Torabi suggested these great trade sites.

Swaptree.com allows users to trade books, cds, dvds and video games. Maybe you can score that PSP game your kid’s been coveting.

Friendlyfavor.com is simple - just ask for or offer favors like "We need a babysitter this weekend," or "Can you watch my dog?"

Favorpals.com lets people trade their skills (optometry for sewing, etc.)

U-exchange.com is a free swap site where you can trade absolutely anything for anything. Your kid outgrew his bike? Exchange it for a plumber's services. Personal training in exchange for hair cuts? Whatever! Use your imagination.

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