You’ll spend less if you pay cash, but in these tough times, you may not HAVE any cash, so what do you do? You barter!

A growing number of us are surviving the recession by trading?with our friends and neighbors and through websites. quotes like Craig?s List spokeswoman Susan MacTavish Best as saying, “When the economy turns unfriendly, Craigslist users become far more creative to get their everyday tasks done.”

CNN quotes Jessica Hardwick, the CEO of one barter website, as saying, “I think a few years ago it was more for fun, but we’ve seen a real shift in the last year, and especially an increase in the last few months, where I think people are really doing it to get by.”

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