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Happy Holidays

Christmas time, time to share our love
Come and join the tidings to the world
Christmas time, the best time of the year
Yes, it’s Christmas time

A former boy group sang this song years ago. Indeed, there is something special about this time of year. The Christmas feeling is everywhere! At the latest you recognize it when you are on the packed streets and crowded shops to grab the most recent snip.

But why do you do this – all this stressful and hectic shopping marathon? Relax and swap this year’s presents from home! Go on BarterQuest and click yourself in five trouble-free steps to your Christmas gifts:

1. Register on BarterQuest.
2. Activate your account.
3. Post what you HAVE and WANT.
4. Browse in our categories Goods, Services and Real Estate for the perfect Christmas surprise.
5. Swap it!

The BarterQuest Team wishes you and your loved ones Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

Believe

After a magnificent Thanksgiving Day Parade, Santa has taken up his annual residence at Macy’s.

“A Million Reasons to Believe” is Macy’s current Christmas slogan. I’m impressed every time I pass the eye-catching letters “Believe” at the front of the flagship store. It’s the same when I see the bright lights of their Christmas tree with a star at the top. It gets me in the right mood for Christmas.

Obviously, New York’s largest department store has a million reasons to believe: a million reasons for you to spend your money for Christmas gifts! The word “Believe” has become part of a clever marketing campaign. But it also raises the question, “What do you believe?”

Whatever you believe, Christmas time is a sentimental time of the year. While it makes it easier to open your wallet, it’s all the more easy to open your heart. And while we are on the subject of wallets and the gifts we would like to give to say “we are thinking of you,” you certainly don’t have to spend tons of dollars for your loved ones on Christmas presents. Swap instead!

As a member of the BarterQuest community of traders, you can believe in our products and services because you can trust in our verified users. So take this season as an opportunity to verify your account on BarterQuest:

• Verify once and trade as a user who others can trust.
• Verification enhances site security and helps assure that your trading partners will be who they say they are.
• Increase your visibility with the icon.
• Join the premier ‘Verified Users’ club to chat and trade with other verified users.
• You must be verified to use points, our onsite currency that is convertible to dollars.

Believe in BarterQuest, save money on your Christmas gifts and verify now!

Barter for Christmas

Posted on: December 17th, 2009

http://clhandbook.com/news/christmas-is-a-time-for-giving-and-gifts-try-bartering-on-christmas/

Gift

A lot of people are having financial problems lately but it should not stop us from celebrating Christmas and continuing our tradition of gift giving. We may not have money but for sure we have some stuff hanging around our house that we don’t need. Gina and Richard Lavelle came up with an idea so they could give presents to their for children this Christmas. They turned to Craigslist together with dozens of people like them bartering their goods or services for some gift items for the Christmas season.

There are some websites who are just specialized in bartering for example BarterQuest.

Bartering is a good idea as you get good stuff and even new ones through bartering. Lots of Americans are experiencing what this couple is facing too. They’ve lost their jobs and are trying to make ends meet and with the help of Craigslist, they are offering their services for money. They are offering their services for just about anything. She would baby sit; split would or even clean the house. Her husband is a mechanic so he could fix cars too. So far, they are getting some responses to their ad already and getting some cash for it. It’s not as good as getting a job but it will surely be enough for this family to survive the crisis and their kids would still have their Christmas gifts this season.

A BarterQuest poem for the holidays

A BarterQuest Holiday

The snow is deep and my money is low,
And I’m tired of searching at thirty below
For the things that I want for myself and for others,
For my friends, for my parents, my sister and brother.

I have things to offer (everyone does).
I just bought a laptop, but my old one still purrs,
And my room won’t be used when I am away,
And I can paint all your walls while you are at play.

But what can I get without getting shot?
Craigslisters can be an uncertain lot,
And books are so dull, and so are CDs,
Where are the interesting things for under the tree?

Then lo and behold, BarterQuest comes into sight,
Full of the things that make holidays bright:
Scuba gear for me, earrings for mom, beach condo for dad,
Ipod for brother, and for sister…jeans that are rad.

BarterQuest has helped me do the holidays right,
To give a Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!

Christmas Macaroons

Posted on December 10th, 2009
Originally posted by: doughmesstic
http://doughmesstic.blogspot.com/2009/12/wintery-macarons.html

So, this whole thing with the bartering.  Have I even mentioned it here, or just on Twitter?  Well, I like to repeat myself, so you’re getting the scoop yet again.

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I am bartering this year.  For stuff.  Christmas presents and such, you know.  So I started shouting on Twitter – who wants to trade? And I got lots of responses!  It seems that it isn’t just ME trying to be a little frugal this year.  Now, I don’t want to say WHO I traded with or what FOR exactly, because hello? The stuff is for gifts.Gifts . (Okay, maybe a few things are for me, but I, too, will be experiencing the Holidays.  So, Yay me.)  But, I’m talking toys. Apparel. Ornaments. Food.More food.  Good stuff.  And what did I have to do in return?

Bake my fool ass off, that’s what.

I bartered out gingerbread cookies and so many macarons that if I don’t see another cookie until 2010, that’s fine by me.

This go ‘round, I made two different flavor combos.  The first was Hot Cocoa, the second was Candy Cane.  i thought they fit the Holidays.  Yummy, too.  But here’s the deal…they didn’t turn out quite as perfect as I would have liked.  Yes, still cute as a button and taste great, but I like mine to be perfectly flat. These all had the little “kiss” on top –small, but still there.  The reason? I doubled the recipe .  I just don’t think that’s a good idea – the batter doesn’t seem to get wet enough.  I’ve done this once or twice before and gotten the same “kissy top” result…therefore – do as I say, not as I do. Don’t double the recipe. Just make 2 separate batches if you want umpteen dozen of these suckers.  They do make nice gifts, especially if you package them up nicely.

New Wave of Christmas Presents

Posted on December 1st, 2009
Original Post by: Mrs B
http://sweetscentedpath.blogspot.com/2009/12/xmas-presents.html

presents

After reading many blogs (namely One Green Generation), I decided to try and make this year’s Christmas one of home-made, ethical and / or locally made gifts. If I cant make it myself, then I have bartered skills with friends to get the same result, or as a last resort bought beautiful home-made products from local women and men.

I’ve been knitting, growing, baking and putting together some interesting gifts for loved ones. And I feel like it has more meaning for me this year. That’s partly because Little B is old enough now to participate but also because my gifts are well thought out and from the heart.

So far, I’ve potted basil plants in recycled terracotta pots, baked favourite biscuits and sweets, knitted dish cloths, raised seedlings and there’s more to come. I’ve also been bartering my child caring skills with a friend to help with a crafty present I want to give. Some I cant say as the recipients read my blog and I don’t want to spoil the surprise ;-)

My only downfall has been Little B’s present from Santa. In this case, I bought new but next year I hope to be able to make some more goodies for him from the jolly red man.

There’s no Shame in Regifting – Just Follow a few Rules!!!!

Regifting

Posted on November 29th, 2009
http://www.boston.com/business/personalfinance…

Given the state of the economy and your bank account, purchasing gifts for certain friends and family may not be possible this holiday season. But no need to worry if that is your situation. Surely you have nice but unused gifts stashed around your home. If so, pull them out to do what in the past might have been unthinkable – regift.

More Americans this year are planning on regifting, according to a Consumer Reports survey. The poll found that 36 percent of US adults said they would recycle a gift, compared with 31 percent last year and 24 percent in 2007.There should be no shame in this money saving strategy, says Jodi Newbern, author of “Regifting Revival! A Guide to Reusing Gifts Graciously.’’

I’ve always advocated regifting. So I’ve chosen Newbern’s book for the December pick for the Color of Money Book Club. Newbern has written a fantastic how-to guide that just may win over many opponents of regifting. The 161-page book is part persuasion, part manual. She promises – and delivers – a “definitive source for all things regiftable.’’

Pamela A. from Duluth, Minn., should buy the book to give to a bad regifter in her life. She wrote: “I gave my dad’s girlfriend, who is cat crazy a beautiful couch throw that I had hunted for months to find for her. She used it for months. Imagine my surprise, when on Christmas morning five years ago, I opened my gift from her and found this comforter staring up at me . . . ! (She) smiled joyfully and asked me how I liked her gift, and I told her that I had loved it when I gave it to her.’’

Opponents of regifting argue that it is inconsiderate or insulting to recycle a gift. That can be true if the gift isn’t well presented and is unsuitable for the recipient. But does something have to be newly purchased to be appropriate and appreciated? If your intentions are good and you do this right, you can graciously regift without any resulting hurt feelings.