More Smart Families Are Swapping Instead of Shopping

This holiday season, thousands of families are swapping instead of shopping. There's a growing following of swapping families who are looking for value and convenience online. Swapping sites give parents a chance to take their kids' out grown clothes and toys and swap them for something they will need or like.

Swapping sites help parents to save money but still able to give their kids what they want. on Christmas morning and some found that they were able to get gifts at such a good price that they were able to get their kids more gifts then they would have if they shopped in a mall for them.

 

One of the popular sites ThredUP.com has about 50,000th member and is free to join and they has large selection of clothes and toys even DVD’s video games and more. Check it out here.

There are many other swap sites on the internet that you can check out has well here are just a few of the good ones I found.SwapMamas.com which have many thing you can swap for, here are just a few that they have listed, clothes from baby to teen, books, DVD’s and music and you can even swap coupons and so much more and this site was much more easier to find all the things they have to swap for. Check it out here.   And there is Freecycle.org which has members around the world, all you have to do is find your town and see if anyone is swapping anything you need or want and see if you have something they want and all for free no money just a nice even swap, to join is free has well. Check it out here.

With these hard times today every dollar you can save and still get the kids things they want and need at a fair price is what many families are doing today. It has been estimated the this kind of shopping will save families this Christmas season about $ 500.000, but also you can do this kind of shopping all year long so the savings would be much higher.

Another great thing I have see is many people have formed swap groups right in their own town and get together weekly and swap with each other and people who stop by. Also they do sell some of the things they have has well and for a very fair price. If a young mother could save twenty to fifty dollars on baby clothes and even be able to buy more than she could in a store then that makes her a very smart shopper.

I think we will see many more of these online swapping sites in the next few years and you or someone you know may start a swap group right in your own town. Saving money is what it is all about in today’s world, and any way you can do that is more money in your pockets and that makes you a very thrifty shopper.

 

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carrie450 5 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

This is a great hub Tom. I had never heard of swapping such as this until now. I believe this hub will help many who see this. Voted up.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thank you carrie, yes i hope it will help many people to save some money and help them to buy clothes for their children. Saving money is what many families are trying to do and here is one great way to do it.


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acaetnna 5 years ago from Guildford

Wow great hub and even better ideas!!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Thank you acaetnna for your nice comments,nice to see you again. It a smart way of saving money and many are embracing this idea of swapping for things they need .


tinamarie9884 5 years ago

Kashmir, What an idea, great hub. I am glad I stopped by.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

tinamarie I'm glad you stopped by to,thanks!


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AliciaC 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

I’ve never thought of swapping instead of shopping, but it sounds like a great idea! It’s a good way to save money and still get nice gifts. I didn't know that there were swapping sites on the Internet. Thanks for the links.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

AliciaC glad you found it useful,thanks for stopping by always nice to see you !


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Second hand is growing fast, and it is a great idea! Why throw away things that others want! And this way of swapping seems even better! The sites you suggested was great! Thanks for sharing this!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi thougtforce nice to see you, by doing this it will cut down on trash that goes into the landfill which will in the long run help out our planet earth.


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Madurai 5 years ago from Online

why do they want to swap? what will happen to the old one? but anyhow they will get some money for their old and used item. great news to beat the recession..


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Madura i think you just answered your own questions.


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Stephanie Henkel 5 years ago from USA

This is a great site with tons of useful information. Swapping is a wonderful way to save money as well as help our environment by keeping unwanted, but still usable, items out of the landfills!

One thing should be clarified, though. Freecycle.org is not actually a swapping site, but more of a giving away site. Members list unwanted items that they are GIVING away to other members for free or that they WANT for free. No goods or money is ever exchanged. I'm a member, and it works great in my area.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Stephanie nice to see you, thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments ! Thanks for the info about Freecycle.org.


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prairieprincess 5 years ago from Canada

Kahmir, great idea! This is new to me, too. Now I want to see if it happens in our city or not. Thanks for such an interesting topic!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi prairieprincess nice to see you glad you stopped by. Thanks for your nice comments!


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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Hi Kashmir,

Great hub! I knew about freecycle, but never heard of swapmamas or thredup. Thanks for the great tips. I wish I was in an area where I could walk around in short sleeves like the people in the picture. How did you fair with the snowstorm? Hope all is well and thanks for visiting me often. Rated your hub up and awesome!


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi toknowinfo nice to see you, glad you found this helpful. The snowstorm for us on the coast was not that bad because it was more of a mix which kept the snow fall amount down, thanks for asking!


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Kelly347 5 years ago

Great hub~ I will be looking into those sites! Thanks so much for sharing such great info. I voted up & Useful.


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Kelly nice to see you, glad you found this hub useful. Thanks so much for your nice comments !

Have a great day !!!


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ethel smith 5 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

What a great idea. Helps the environment as well as the purse strings :)


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kashmir56 5 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi ethel nice to see you, yes it is a great way to help with anyone's budget and get much needed things . Thanks so much for dropping by and to for your nice comments !


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billips 4 years ago from Central Texas

Swapping makes perfect sense and everyone wins - so many article can have a whole second life in someone else's hands - great hub - and useful - B.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi billips nice to see you,glad to hear that you think swapping is a great idea and yes everyone comes out ahead in the end.glad you found this information useful. Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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stars439 4 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Wonderful hub, and we have so many things we could swap in our house. You're ideas are nice for helping people. God Bless You.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi stars nice to see you, glad to hear you found this information useful . Thanks so much for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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dwachira 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

Another great money saving article, i do swipe too but in my country you can only swipe at specific places. Thank for this. Voted up, useful.


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi dwachira nice to see you, so glad to hear you have found this information in this hub useful. Thanks so much for stopping and to for your nice comments !


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

I think swapping is the way to go. I know some young mothers that swap their kids clothes. It works great for them. Enjoyed your hub voted up.


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi moonlake nice to see you, nice to hear you enjoyed this hub, swapping kids and baby clothes is a very popular way to do it. Thanks so much for the vote up ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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Insightful Tiger 3 years ago

Wow! Great idea, brother! I will be checking these sites out. Voted up and shared:)


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kashmir56 3 years ago from Massachusetts Author

Hi Insightful Tiger nice to see you so nice to hear you found this information useful and will be checking out some of these sites. Thanks so much for the vote up and share ! Also thanks for stopping by and to for your nice comments !


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cat on a soapbox 2 years ago from Los Angeles

Hi Thomas,

Thank you for all of the helpful information here! My husband and I usually donate our things to organizations and to our friends who go on mission trips since we are downsizing and need less. I will pass these great resources on to families who are struggling w/ the rising costs of raising kids and consider swapping for specific items needed by community centers. I hope all is well and wish you all the best through the new year.

Cat:)

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