Shopping With The Fabs {Mavis’ Bartering Trip}

Over the last few days I’ve been working on reorganizing my pantry, and thought it would be a FAB time to do a little bartering with my neighbor.  😉 Trading your stockpile items with friends and neighbors every once in a while can be a FAB and frugal to get together.

Here is what I had to offer:


4 Frozen Salmon Filets
4 Fresh Eggs
2 Jars Homemade Jam
2  Pasta
1 Hamburger Helper
1 Fun da Middles
2 Kikkoman Soy Sauce
1 Wish Bone Salad Dressing
1 Lawery’s Marinade
1 Frank’s Chili Sauce
2 Taco Bell Refried Beans
1 Can Water Chestnuts
2 Mc Cormick Seasonings
2 Starkist Pouches
2 Tide to Go
1 Schick Razors
1 Crest Toothpaste
1 Luden’s Cough Drops
1 Body Butter

Here’s what I came home with:

3 Lbs Organic Sugar
1 Giant Jar of Jif Peanut Butter
1 Giant Jar of Nutella
1 Jar Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
1 Cup Pine Nuts
10 Peppermint Patties
4 Granny Smith Apples

Wahoo!  Works for me!

So tell me, have you ever traded with your neighbors? 



  • Sheena

    Yes, but not stockpile items. I trade chicken from the store and our own eggs with my neighbor for her grassfed hamburger from her own cows. I also trade our ducks eggs for a friends goats milk. And eggs for jewelry with another friend. 🙂

  • Kimberly

    This is a very interesting concept to me. I am very interested in trying it, but how exactly did this conversation start? I would like to know how to approach my friends/neighbors to suggest such a thing.

    • Michele

      Try starting small….

      I started the conversation with my friend by just trading one item. I had a big bag of ground flaxseed and I asked her if she wanted to trade for maybe some apples, potatoes, or onions.


    I would love to trade, but most of the people I know that want to trade have the same stuff I have

  • Cheri

    I am a child care provider and have bartered organic eggs and hair cuts for child care!

  • Helen in Meridian

    Did you wear your Pilgrim outfit, or what did you have on? Does your neighbor usually wear peach formals to greet you at the door? Inquiring minds want to see.

  • Margaret

    I’m working on a website that will provide the platform for exactly this kind of swapping! I could still use some beta testers to help me with the final phase before the planned mid-April launch. Any Fabulously Frugal fans who want to give it a try??

  • Lydia

    You can also barter services. My mom baby sits a couple times for her hairdresser who colors and cuts her hair in exchange.

  • Krissy

    I have 2 kids and I give high school girls makeup and hair product for payment of babysitting!

  • Shelley

    Love it! Practical and fun! Way to go, Mavis!

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