Bartering used to be a common occurrence when people had more of an item or skill than they did money.
Maybe you would see the doctor and pay him with some of your harvest. Maybe you would help a neighbor build a fence, and the neighbor would then share a portion of his meat with you.
As we came to have more money than time, bartering fell out of use. However, bartering has recently experienced a resurgence thanks to the economy.
I have bartered for a few things since I quit my full-time job and became a freelance writer. I bartered with my son’s dance teacher–my son got free tap dance lessons, and in return, we cleaned the studio for 2 hours once a month. Considering his lessons were $50 a month, we “made” $25 an hour. Not a bad exchange.
While I like to barter, I don’t do it often enough. My guess is that you probably don’t either. We can all learn from Mavis Butterfield, a blogger at One Hundred Dollars a Month.