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Last December, Hal Berger took his wife, Gayle, and 5-year-old daughter, Sydney, to see the Christmas lights in McAdenville. Sydney brought along a group of her closest 5-year-old friends to enjoy the holiday fun.

Everyone enjoyed the evening that might have been mired in stress from tangled traffic headaches except for one thing: they went in a stretch limousine.

"I would have never hired a limousine for that," said Berger, who owns the Berger Law Group in SouthPark.

But as a member of the Carolina Trade Exchange, a year-old bartering business, Berger was able to pay for the evening with trade dollars he accumulated by providing legal services to other CTE members.

In addition to the limousine ride, Berger, 48, has bartered for wine, massages for his wife and computer services for his office. He’s given trade dollars to friends and clients. Since he began bartering last year, he has seen his own business grow and has met folks from all walks of life. And judging by the broad smile on his face, he’s having fun doing it.

Image Caption: Matt Galimi (center) of Best Tek Support works on attorney Hal Berger’s (left) computers as part of a bartering agreement. John Kucera (right), owner of the Carolina Trade Exchange, brokered the bartering agreement. The Carolina Trade Exchange has been in business for less than a year and has more than 50 members. Nancy Thomason – Special to South Charlotte News.

Matthews Living: Where Trade Makes Sense

Remember in grade school (and maybe even middle school) when you would bring your lunch and eagerly anticipate seeing what your friends had packed? You had chunky peanut butter and jelly while your friend had bologna. You really wanted bologna, but your friend didn’t want the chunky peanut butter. No trade. Another friend had chicken salad, which sounded good to you and that friend liked chunky peanut butter. Score! You traded sandwiches and everyone was happy. You were effectively bartering, establishing value, and providing a service.

Dallas Morning News: Businesses Keep Cash By Trading

DALLAS — A player piano. A camera. Even accounting services.

Irving, Texas, television producer Joel Stephens has acquired those products and services without paying a dime. He’s among the small-business owners who use the ancient strategy of trading services and products. It’s called bartering. Bartering is the exchange of goods or services without using cash. An estimated 400,000 businesses participate in bartering through third-party exchanges – and more people trade directly with each other. Stephens wouldn’t put a value on his 25 years of bartering, but he acknowledged that he trades for nearly everything for his advertising agency and a TV production company.

"Everybody barters for everything," Stephens said. "It’s simply a matter of currency."

Charlotte’s Carolina Trade Exchange, launched in 2010, is closing in on 100 member businesses representing a range of services – from roofing to child activities to restaurants, according to owner and president John Kucera.

Image Caption: TV producer Joel Stephens has been bartering for 25 years and trades for nearly everything he needs for his advertising agency and a production company. "Everybody barters for everything," he said.