Swap your skills and save money

The Irish Times ran an article earlier this year about skill swapping.

Perfect for recessionary times, and for building new communities, the fashion for bartering has now extended from 'stuff' to skills.

This is similar to an old Irish tradition called Meitheal – which according to Wikipedia is when "a group of neighbours to come together to help each other in tasks such as preparing the hay, or gathering the harvest. Each person would help their neighbour who would in turn reciprocate". I have heard my Dad talking about this in his own childhood in Cavan back in the 50s when the threshing machine was used communally.

Thanks to the internet, you can now join communities where this mutual skill swap is available. If you can teach piano, somebody else might fix your sink. No money changes hands 🙂

Here are some of the websites worth checking out:

U-Exchange also offer a great guide to bartering and if that is not enough, Mother Earth News has a story about a New Mexican family who barter for nearly everything.


2 Responsesto “Swap your skills and save money”

  1. Jeff says:

    Barter is an extremely useful way of availing of skills that you normally wouldnt be able to avail of through a cash transaction, its just so versatile and you never know what you can get for your skills.
    We have set up a site specifically for this kind of service swapping, Its called Swop-o-nomics (http://www.swoponomics.com) and is completely free and concentrating on the Irish barter community.

  2. Bairbre says:

    Hey Jeff, your hyperlink has an extra ) at the end of it – http://www.swoponomics.com

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