I’ve written about using bartering more to spend less cash and although most of you don’t think it can 100% replace money (including me) I think it’s a genuine way to get things done without exchanging hard cash. I think bartering can free up more cash to go to pay down debt or pay into savings. If you are low-income it is also a way to get more stuff done without needing more money.
Barter networks as a whole tend to work using some kind of credit or points system. Each trader / supplier works out or is given a rate for their service or product so that you can use points to trade with anyone in the network, not just straight exchanges.
Online Bartering Networks
Slowly but surely bartering seems to be migrating towards online services, bringing the ideas and ideals of a local barter system to a national, and maybe one day worldwide, scale.