Decluttering and reducing consumption are really two sides of the same coin. So it's nice when you come upon a service that helps you do both.
Swaptree is a website that allows you to swap your books, CDs, DVDs, and video games with other members for free. Mark Hexamer, the extremely personable co-founder of Swaptree, tells it like this:
You simply list the items you have and the items you want, and Swaptree's trade algorithms instantly find the members who want what you have and have what you want. So you can take that video game your child grew tired of, and trade it for a new one for only the cost of shipping. It's a great way to save money, be friendly to the environment and reduce consumption.
Swaptree even simplifies the mailing process by enabling you to print a perfect postage label right from your printer, so you don't have to weigh your items, buy stamps, or even go to the post office.
I haven't tried Swaptree yet (because I, uh, am still going through all the piles around my house) but I intend to once I've got a better handle of the stuff I'd like to trade. If you're all set to go, Mark has generously set up a discount code for Parent Hacks readers – click this link (or enter the discount code parenthacks at checkout) to receive free shipping on your first trade:
The discount code is good through mid-February. Leave a comment if you try Swaptree — I'd love to hear how it works for you.