Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Trade Instead Of Buying
Trading is a wonderful way to not only get what you need for no or little out of pocket cost but to also send items you don't need to a new home where they will be useful.
For example. Right now I'm in the market for kangaroo style wraps for the first few months after baby is born. These wraps retail for anywhere from $30 to hundreds of dollars before shipping. Even used I haven't seen them for less then $20. I want at least 2 because I plan to use them a lot and want to be able to wash one and still have a second to use. This means at the least if I bought used I'd be shelling out $40 and new I'd be shelling out $60 + shipping.
Instead I posted in some of my related groups about being on the lookout for kangaroo/moby/loveyduds style wraps and what I have available for trade. Now I have 2 pending trades and am looking at getting 2 wraps for just what it costs to ship my part of the trade- which should be between $3 & $5 each.
So next time you are looking for something think about trading for it and saving some of the out of pocket expense.
Calyn Leake Zeiger
- I'm a semi crunchy stay at home wife and mama of two boys. Extend Breastfeed, Cloth diaper, Cosleep, Babywear, Homeschool, Homebirth. My sons and I have some serious health concerns (allergies, growth hormone, kidney, lung, spine, etc...). We didn't realize they were genetic (or I had) until after Trace's birth. Tristian had some big medical and possibly/probably autism related delays in early childhood but also taught himself to read at 2yrs and started on math equations at 4yrs. Trace is bit delayed across the board by about 6 months, but as he's 1yr+ behind in height... it's not very noticable ;-) Trace is very musical and hands on. With plenty of common sense, love, good doctors and faith we are doing wonderfully!
This wonderful chapter in my life of discovering the green subculture has (mostly) ended. Living green on a budget has changed from the thrill of discovery to habit. This blog remains in rememberance- with occasionally crossover posting. I hope you join me- the same green mama on a budget, in a new blog celebrating life's daily experiences- LIFE O'KAY http://lifeokay.blogspot.com/ Still lots of crafts & crunchiness- with even more sweet family moments.