This week I bartered for the first time! My friend is moving to Europe and needed to get rid of a lot of things. At the same time, she is behind on some professional paperwork and wanted to complete it before she leaves the country. So we bartered a deal: In exchange for me completing her paperwork, she gave us a really nice toaster oven (ours was on the fritz) and a matching bed and nightstand. We moved the pieces ourselves so she had three less things to haul down her apartment stairs, and we got real bedroom furniture for the first time ever! Previously, one of our nightstands was a Tupperware box so this was a big step up. I am very pleased with our barter, and I’ll be open to doing this kind of exchange again.