A newly launched bartering site I reported on earlier this year promises to be a boon for budget-conscious Canadians. SwapSity
opened to the public on March 22 and is offering all sorts of goods and services. I love this idea, because it helps people save money and go easy on the planet. According to SwapSity founder, Marta Nowinska, some members have already saved as much as $2,500 by choosing to barter instead of buy. "Online swapping of unwanted possessions, free time or talents is a perfect solution for cost-conscious Canadian consumers seeking a more affordable way to acquire goods and services during these trying times," she says. Nowinska also points to a recent Consumer Confidence Report from marketing company TNS that indicates that "confidence numbers remain quite flat" and there is little indication of "significant consumer spending." That, says Nowinska, means that cinching one’s financial belt is the latest fashion.