“Mom, I’m booored.” It’s the ubiquitous whine that inevitably results when stormy skies descend upon summer vacation. What to do when your child is relegated to indoor activities, and nothing seems to assuage the ennui?
While the costs of purchasing new books or craft supplies can add up quickly, Swaptree.com now offers parents a budget-friendly solution for building a “rainy day kit” of new books, DVDs, CDs, and video games – simply by swapping stuff they already have and getting stuff they want, for free.
To get started building an arsenal of emergency entertainment, compile a list of what you “have” and a list of what you “want” at www.swaptree.com. Then, the site’s two- and three-way trade algorithms instantly find all of the items you can receive in exchange for those items you already “have.” Swaptree.com is completely free to use, and members (Swappers) pay only for postage, so each trade is under $3 – a fraction of the cost of purchasing the products off the shelf.
From movies like Up and Toy Story to favorite books like Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears A Who and the glamorous Fancy Nancy, and Wii video games to keep your kids active, there are millions of items available for swapping. For parents who’d like to make the day indoors an enriching experience, Swaptree’s children’s literature section can even be searched by Caldecott Medal or Newbery Medal award winners.
Unlike traditional online trading websites, which typically focus on one type of media, Swaptree.com allows for cross-media trades, so you can trade a DVD for a book, a video game for a CD, etc. Moms can clear out the closet of items the kids have already outgrown, or even trade in those old cookbooks (totally over theSouth Beach Diet fad?) for books and games you know the kids will love.