Forget Money These Days You Can Barter For Just About Anything

BARTERING HAS BEEN AROUND SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TIME "It's a good thing you brought your car in when you did, my daughter needs braces."

Community bartering systems have been around since the beginning of time and used as an alternative to monetary currency. Bartering has seen a massive resurgence this century due to higher taxes and an uncertain economy.

Bartering or trading services and goods without the use of money has always been popular in rural areas. As an example, farmers and trades people exchange produce for work done on their property and professional service people accept goods in exchange for accounting or legal assistance.


Local Barter systems usually take one of two forms. Some systems trade through a headquarters, where each member has an account-updated with “debits” and “credits” from trades. Points are assigned to the worth of a barter item instead of a monetary value.

Other systems print and utilise their own currency which is then used by customers of the local towns business. This system of bartering does eliminate the need for a central agency, but it can be problematic in getting all businesses on board with the alternative currency.


Barter isn’t limited to local communities or even within countries anymore, take a look at Barter card to see how far reaching bartering has become. Barter Card is a global network of businesses trading more than 1000 goods and services through 75 locations without money exchanging hands.

Both individual and business bartering systems are now available locally and internationally and can save you significant money. Online community bartering systems are popping up in local towns everywhere and are a great way to trade services, get rid of unwanted “treasures” and find out what is available in your local town. Search community bartering online and see what is available by simply entering in the name of your local town or the next largest one to you and the term “community bartering”.


If there isn’t already a local bartering site in your town why not set one up? There are very good resources on “how to set up an online bartering system” available through google search. Once established and promoted, these sites require very little maintenance as each barterer updates their own information.
As an example of a local site gone global where you can enter your town and see what is being traded check out On this site people list what they can do and what they would like to barter for. As an example:

Catherine Perth, Australia can provide book keeping in exchange for brick work
Dale Kelowna, Canada offers car services in exchange for home cooked meals

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Food As Medicine

Foods Which Work as Medicine

We know we are what we eat but some foods can also be powerful medicines which can combat illnesses, give us more energy and rid our bodies of toxins.  Some of the best are:

Chilli: chillies

Added to food can boost your metabolism and combat fat build ups.

Avocados: avacadoes

Mono unsaturated fats found in avacados can help in reducing cholesterol and provides nutrients for cells and they help you feel full for longer.

Brussel sprouts: brussel sprouts

Loaded with fibre and very high in Vitamin C which can stave off colds, also acts as an antioxidant.

Black Beans: black beans

Contain more of the disease-fighting antioxidants flavonoids than any other type of bean. They are a good source of copper and iron which help your muscles retain more oxygen thereby boosting your immune system. They also contain almost no saturated fat.


In particular ginger tea, boosts metabolism, promotes blood flow, keeps you feeling full and can reduce aches and pains.

Lemons: lemon

Aids in digestion, flushes out toxins, encourage the production of bile, and is also a great source citric acid, potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. Best results drink in warm water.

Apple cider vinegar:apple-cider-vinegar

Helps clean the bacteria in your mouth, aids digestion, soothes a sore throat, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also be used topically to stop itches and help with skin blemishes and eczema.

Source: international journal of preventative medicine

Living in 3 of the Top 10 Happiest Countries in the World


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The 2015 World Happiness Report is the third annual report seeking to quantify happiness as a means of influencing government policy. The United Nations published the first study in 2012.

According to the 2015 report, Switzerland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, Canada, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, New Zealand, and Australia are in order the top 10 happiest countries in the world.

Academics identified the variables as real GDP per capita, healthy life expectancy, having someone to count on, perceived freedom to make life choices, freedom from corruption and generosity.

I was raised in Canada have lived in New Zealand and have made Australia my home for more than 20 years.

I feel very privileged to have been born and raised in first world countries. I also feel an obligation to give back, because while I have never been wealthy I have also never gone without.

The rights we have to health care, education and freedom come from the simple luck of where we were born. If you come from a first world country you are lucky. It’s as simple as that. We are lucky to not have to fight for survival or for basic freedoms simply because we won the life lottery and were born in or able to make our lives in countries where our basic needs are met.

I draw on this fact whenever I am down because happiness is something we chose after all. Of course we all have ups and downs and do not all live equally or in a state of ongoing euphoria and without real hardships.

However, we have been given the best opportunity right from the beginning to find happiness and make ourselves a productive and enjoyable life simply because of where we are raised and able to live.


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