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Old 09-18-2005, 08:02 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I see that people here freecycle, but I haven't seen anything about 'time dollars'. Does anyone do TD? What do you provide and what benefits do you reap?
I cut hair and landscape, mostly. But I get alternative health care, food, homemade goods, dog care.
I was just reading the 'poor' thread and was pondering how I attempt to make ends meet, and TD is up there on my list.

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The phrase Ithaca Bucks comes to mind... is that the town that has the well-known network?
I love the idea, but I've always wondered: how does it get started? With that sort of thing, everyone starts at zero, right?
I give you a bunch of baby clothes, you give me potatoes, and we're even... so where do the dollars come in?

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the dollars are figurative- kinda.
I do an hour of babysitting I have a dollar. I want a massage, I look in my book and find a massage therapist and get a massage for my dollar. You can go into 'debt' without it being an issue. And you can bank a ton of hours.

I get produce for my TD's, which is amazing. I also could NEVER afford an acupuncturist, but with time dollars, I go regularly (2-4 weeks)

I had an antique dresser fixed with them, and a crew of people came and reconfigured my perennial garden.

I really thought there would be more time dollar participants in this group, being frugal and aware. I read in adbusters where people in rural china are banking their time dollars and spending them for their late-life care.

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i think more people would like to do it if they could find a place to network. i know craigslist has something like that but where else do u find like minded people?

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The phrase Ithaca Bucks comes to mind... is that the town that has the well-known network?
Yeah - they also have a community health co-op that rocks (anyone anywhere in the U.S. can join, too!).

I believe that the group/org/foundation that runs the time hours program has a book out about how to organize your own group.

I'd love, love, love something like this but haven't even been able to set up a babysitting co-op so it seems unlikely that I'd be able to. I once started looking for a group who wanted to set up a barter network (related but similar) but wasn't successful at that, either.

Not always easy to find people willing to think outside the box, color outside the lines, insert metaphor here.
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I think the idea is really cool and I've always admired Ithaca's innovation. I'd like to find out more.
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Moved to frugality & finances...

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Wow, I didn't really know that existed outside of very progressive communities like Ithaca. Craigslist has barter, but it's not nearly as innovative. Very cool thread!
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if you own your own business (or even not, and just have services you can trade through your work) here is a great organization to join ..I have gotten window tinting for a car,eye exams,cakes for baby showers and business cards printed using this service in the past.

http://www.tradeamericancard.com/default.htm

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two web sites to look at if anyone is interested in start-up.
timedollar.org and
mtdn.org

if you talk to your neighborhood organization I bet there is a place for start-up, or maybe a mothers group who is extremely active.

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