Surviving An Economy That Sucks November 08, 2008 7:50 AM
An EXCHANGE CLUB can be your ticket to survival in this terrible economy. Why spend money you don't have on things you need when a Club in your community could have it? Need a microwave or coffee maker because yours crapped out, kids need clothes or school supplies? How about food? Christmas decorations? Household needs like towels, sheets, kitchenware, etc?
Start an EXCHANGE CLUB (or call it a Recycle-Reuse Club like I did) in your neighborhood and help yourself and your community fill human needs instead of the landfills.
Sitting on ones hands and whining about the state of the economy isn't going to get us anywhere. When the going gets rough the tough get going.
I am available for consultation (no charge) in starting your own club.
I agree.I use Freecycle a lot. It's the only thing we have here. But I tell you I made an exchange the other month. I traded a busted lawn mower for winters heat. (lots o wood) The guy thought it was worth it. In all the exchange was $200 dollars worth of lawn mower (it was originally $1200) and $200 worth of wood. Sounded good to both of us.
I cannot recommend Freecycling anymore. I've done it, gotten things I've needed and given to those who need but Freecycling is outmoded now with the price of gas and the prostitution of it have made it counterproductive. In fact I'm going to start a thread on it because it's important to realize Freecycling actually does damage to the environment now.
Oh yeah, I can understand that too. My trade was made with my neighbor though. I got sheets from Freecycle a year ago. It was the only place I could find them.
In the rural areas, freecycle is difficult unless you "happen" to be on the way there. How I used it was this. I go grocery shopping once a month. The sheets were on the road to the grocery store. So I stopped in on my way. If I DIDN'T do that it would be more expensive to get the sheets than to buy them second hand, even with driving to town.