By Janet Shamlian, NBC News correspondent
A friend summed it up when she said 'bartering is the new black.' Trading, swapping, however you describe it -- the exchange of goods and services has been around for ages, but it's seeing a tremendous resurgence during this recession. Log on to your local Craigslist and you'll find hundreds of people hoping to trade the skills they used to get a weekly paycheck for; a Houston pool cleaner offering to swap his services for dental work or a Chicago maid who says she'll clean the home of a plumber who can help her with water leaks.
Tonight, in our Nightly News series of reports on "Seeking Solutions", we'll look at the ways people are bartering during these tough times, and we'll talk to an expert who has advice for those new to the game. If you've got a skill or something you'd like to trade, here are some websites to help launch your effort.