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Seven Days: Bartering Helps Vermonters Cope With Inflation While Building 'Networks of Trust'

Kaitlin Nelson wanted to throw a housewarming barbecue at her new home in Belvidere. The thing was, she had no outdoor furniture and little surplus cash. Nelson had recently started a new job with a long commute, and the rising cost of gas was straining her wallet. Plus, she was helping to raise two young stepdaughters.


So she decided to barter.


Nelson made an offer on Front Porch Forum: homemade jam or eggs from her hens in exchange for used outdoor furniture. She was floored by the number of people who responded. Five jars of jam later, Nelson had scored two glass-top tables with matching seats and a pair of picnic tables. No money changed hands...


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