Whether you’re a seasoned “swapper” or have never tried it, now is the perfect time to plan a swap with neighbors, friends, family, or co-workers. What can you swap? Just about anything! Right now while most people are spending the majority of their time at home and indoors, there’s no reason to let boredom set in or spend a ton of money buying new things to entertain the family. Your swap doesn’t need to be on a big scale, and could simple be with one or two other families. It also doesn’t need to put anyone at risk. Leaving items on front steps will work great.
So what can you swap?
If you’re an avid reader and still like paper books and magazines, exchange books with others who love to read. Use your social media to send photo via private message of what you each have. Fill a box and enjoy some new reads!
If you’re kids are bored with their toys, don’t buy new. Visit with a friend or family member with similar age kids and exchange toys. Some can be run through a dishwasher to sanitize, and others can be wiped down with sanitizing wipes before and after you exchange. This is great for puzzles and kids books too!
Board games! Don’t buy a bunch of new ones because you’re tired of playing Scattergories for the thousandth time. Make a list or take a quick picture and exchange for a new game every couple weeks. The kids will love it.
If you have a DVD movie collection gathering dust, swap movies with someone else who doesn’t have the same movies. Plan a movie night each week, make some popcorn, and introduce your kids to some good old favorites from your younger years.
Exercise programs and gadgets are something you can swap with another fitness pal and try out some new routines. Obviously you can’t borrow a treadmill, but you can borrow exercise balls, bosu balls, leg bands, exercise dice, resistance bands, steps, etc.
Kitchen gadgets are another thing to swap and a great way to try before you buy. Thinking of an air fryer or instapot? Lend out between friends and see what you think.
There’s no reason to be bored or break the bank buying things to occupy your time.