10 Money Saving Swap Parties Thrifty People Throw


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I was reading a back issue of All You magazine from my local library when I came across a suggestion for a type of money saving swap party that I haven’t heard of before.

Save money on clothing, books, home decor and more by hosting a swap party with friends.

A contributor mentioned that she and her moms group throw a Halloween costume swap party every year.

“Around the last weekend in September, my moms club hosts an annual Halloween costume swap at someone’s house. We organize the costumes by size and gender on clothing racks and issue tickets that entitle people to take as many things as they came with; if there’s a big crowd, we draw numbers to decide who shops first. New costumes are pricey–it’s crazy to spend a lot on something kids may wear only once.”

Daniele Condon, 35, Nashville (quote from August 2015 issue of all you magazine)

The quote got the idea wheels in my brain going on how many types of money saving swap parties thrifty families could throw.

10 Money Saving Swap Party Ideas

1. Halloween Costume Swap Party

I dug a little deeper into the Halloween costume swap idea and found out that October 13 is actually National Halloween Costume Swap day. Who knew that a saving money Swap party actually has its own national day! I also found this article on how to set up your own Halloween Costume Swap Party.

2. Book Swap

You could go generic and do books for all ages, or you could do just children’s books or just ones you and your friends would enjoy. Here is an article cram packed with ideas of how to make your book swap party a success.

3. Board Game & Video Game Swap

I couldn’t find an article to share for board games and video game swap, but essentially the rules for hosting a swap party of any type would work.

4. Children’s Toy Swap

Children, especially younger children, either outgrow or get bored with toys at a rapid pace. Instead of spending money on new ones, host a children’s toy swap with other families you know.

5. Clothing  Swap

This is another swap that could be done from several different angles. You could host a children’s clothing swap, a business wear swap, a women’s clothing swap, a winter clothing swap (boots, coats, scarves, hats, etc for the whole family).

6. Cookie Swap

Generally cookie swaps are held around the Christmas season. I have to be honest, I am not a fan of cookie swaps. I think it is because I love baking cookies and our family is very cookie picky–as in we have a small handful of favorite cookie recipes we like at Christmas time and we don’t stray from them.  However, if you don’t like to bake and a cookie is a cookie in your household, then a cookie swap can be fun and a great way to get a variety of cookies for the Christmas season without spending as much time baking.

7. Freezer Meal  Swap

This is one swap party you might want to do regularly–say once a month. You are probably going to have to put more thought into who you invite to your group as food can be a hot topic now a days–your idea of what is acceptable as a dinner might not be what someone else thinks as acceptable. Here is one post I found that shares 5 tips for starting your own freezer meal swap group.

8. Christmas Decor Swap

I don’t know about your family, but our family has way too many Christmas decorations. Although we have some Christmas decor that we would never part with, most we tire of and want to display something different. Follow the simple rules of a successful saving money swap party and put a Christmas decor twist on it.

9. Perennial Plant Swap

Perennials are expensive, but often green thumb friends thin out their perennials every spring. Why not make a money saving event out of this annual chore by hosting a perennial plant swap with fellow green thumb friends.

10. Craft Supply Swap

Lets face it, we have all bought craft supplies to make a project and never gotten around to it. Plan a craft supply swap and trade those crafts supplies that don’t interest you anymore for supplies that do.

Bonus Tip: Take part in an online swap party!

Swapping gets you better deals than shopping this holiday season! Join Yerdle and swap your stuff for new treasures you’ll love.

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  • How Yerdle works:
    Sign up with this link and post a pic of at least 1 item you’re ready to swap with someone else. The easiest way to post items is in the Yerdle App, for iPhone or Android
  • Once you post your first item, you’ll have $35 Yerdle Dollars + Free Shipping to purchase your own item
  • Service fees are waived on your first purchase, so checkout is TRULY, completely free
  • When someone purchases your item, you must ship it within 7 days, using the pre-paid shipping label provided by Yerdle
  • You earn Yerdle Dollars by swapping your item, which you can use towards future purchases on Yerdle
  • Yerdle is a secure marketplace. 1 account per customer only.
  • After your first purchase, items will cost $7-$8 (due to shipping and service fees)

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  1. I’ve been to a clothing swap party before and thought it was great! I love your suggestions and I’m definitely going to check out Yerdle!

    • I went to a clothing swap party before too. I went with a friend to one at her church and thought is was so much fun.

  2. Love the idea of hosting a swap to save money and get rid of excess items! Now, to just get a few friends together….

    • Let me know how it goes if you do organize one. I really want to try and do a book swap party in January when the snow starts to fly and the cold weather is perfect for snuggling up with a good book.

  3. What a fun idea. Do you give stuff away free or sell it. I know that swap meets around here occur like every Sat. at some certain place but people are selling their stuff – like small animals and such. It would be so fun to have a party with snacks or a potluck or deserts and actually have friends come.

    • The parties described in my post are intended to be held in your home and be swaps with no money involved. These are great party nights to enjoy with fellow thrifty minded friends.

  4. Definitely going to have to plan a book and plant party. Thanks for sharing!

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