The best ways to swap, barter and save money



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In these frugal times shopping is a guilty pleasure, yet saving money is easy when you give something in return. A wealth of websites and council-run schemes have sprung up where the only thing that doesn't change hands is money

    • Freecycle

      Not exactly bartering – this is where you can pick up stuff for free. Join your local group and browse the listings to see what people are giving away. Read more

  • Gumtree

    Barter for Russian lessons, financial advice and photographic retouching in the Skills and Language Swap, and exchange everything from mobile phones to laptops in the Swap Shop. Read more

  • LETS Link London

    Click on the map of London to find your local group, and exchange goods and services with neighbours using LETS credit instead of cash. Read more

  • Swap It Shop

    The eBay of bartering. Here you earn Swapit points to bid on auction-style listings. It’s particularly good for swapping gadgets, collectables, games and toys. Read more

  • Swapz

    The leading direct-swap website in the UK, with thousands of listings including games consoles, computers and collectables. We also spotted a pottery wheel in a recent listing. Read more

  • Time Banking

    Find the nearest time bank in your borough, and swap goods and services using time as a form of credit. Skills and support include DIY, help with the kids, trips out, shopping, new grandparents, talking on the phone, cooking and exercise. Read more

  • U-Exchange

    Barter online with other people from your local area for services and goods ranging from web design, lawnmowing and economic advice to laptops, televisions and books. . Read more

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Have And Seek Ltd
Have And Seek Ltd

You guys should check out HaveAndSeek @ It's a totally-automated trading platform which allows straight-swaps for free across the UK - you can trade any item you want in any category...

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freecycle synonym: spam outlet. avoid.

Jean Fischer
Jean Fischer

The link for " Freecycle" does not work - or it does not exist anymore. (Clicking on the link only brings you to a lot of paid ads - nothing free.)