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Skill swapping is a great way to save money by exchanging goods and services, without the need for cash. In times gone by, this was the way things were done and people had no need for a monetary system as everything that was necessary could be traded. This is not the case these days, and while we do need money to purchase some items we can also choose to remember and participate in a simpler time that enriched our lives by bartering for goods and services.

If you have handy skills or items you are willing to trade, it can work out great for everyone involved. The way this system works is you offer something you are prepared to give or are good at; maybe you have some bulk homemade washing liquid that you would like to trade for some home grown fruit, or you can offer someone a massage in exchange for house cleaning. If you are an avid gardener you could mow a lawn or do some weeding. With a skill swap you can utilize your strengths and swap them for something you want, need or are unable to do yourself.

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I have a friend who is a hairdresser by trade and we worked out a system where she would cut or colour my hair in exchange for some homemade baked goods.There is another friend that I trade our excess homegrown fruit and vegetables with, which gives both of our families a great range of fresh produce. I am also planning on making some olive oil soap but need rainwater to do so. A gentleman in my neighbourhood has a rainwater tank, so I plan on asking him if he's keen on trading water for some homemade soap. As you see, skill swapping can be of great benefit.

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You could approach friends or neighbours and tell them what you have to give. This is a great way to become more engaged in your local community. There are also a few skill swap groups in Australia, where you can find like-minded people and list what you are offering and what you would like in exchange. You can find the link here.

There are also people happy to exchange goods and services through listings in the wanted ads on Gumtree.

LINK: http://www.u-exchange.com/memberlist/Australia

LINK: http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-community/wanted/k0c93...

Have you ever participated in a skill swap? If so what did you provide and what did you recieve in return?

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