Given the uncertain times and rocky financial outlook, I've got bartering on the brain. We've all got mad skills and great bargaining tools in our hands and may not even realize the potential. For example, my husband is a skilled wood-turner, creating bowls, platters and other decorative items from fallen trees. He has recently bartered several of his pieces for chiropractic adjustments and tax preparation : ). These two scenarios, alone, saved us approximately $150 in expenses.
Other examples of bartering include websites such as SwapTree and Switchplanet, where users can swap their DVDs, CDs, Video Games and Books for free.
One last note: Don't forget that your local Craigslist has a section exclusively for bartering, as well as a "free stuff" section.