The Barter Economy

I’m feeling a bit chuffed as I’ve just discovered another angle to our local barter economy. One of the flooring companies in town is happy to exchange trailer-loads of used carpet for baked goods, eggs, beer or whatever else we feel like donating.

You might wonder what use is a trailer-load of old carpet, but when it’s wool carpet you can cut it into squares and use it to suppress weeds around newly planted trees. Other notable recent trades include a dozen eggs for two loads of crushed lime rock for driveway repairs. Cash is going to play a part in our lives for the forseeable future, but the more we can barter for the things we need, the more fun this self sufficiency game becomes.


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