Money (including gold, precious stones) was throughout the centuries a generally accepted medium of exchange. Even without money can services and goods be traded.
barterBarter or bartering was the only course of action before the invention of money: services or products to be exchanged one for another.
A barter trade is a commercial network aimed at businesses.
In the 21st century, the barter returns to the LETS exchange circles as part of the local exchange economy. LETS (Local Exchange Trading System or Local Economic Trading System) are local, non-profit exchange networks in which items and services are exchanged without the use of currency. LETS circles use tax-free local forms of credit units, so that should not continue happen exchanges directly and physically.

In Switzerland, the exchange system is called WIR, Wirtschaft Ring, an accepted part of the regular economy.

Time Dollars work as LETS. But LETS count with units that have the same value as the euro, and Time- dollars count over time (especially in the U.S., Britain and Japan, and are there seen as a tool to capture aging).

"Money does not buy happiness: someone with ten million is not happier than someone with nine million.”(Merton Glade)
10 years ago we had Steve Jobs, Bob Hope and Johnny Cash.
 Now we have no Jobs, no Hope and no Cash.

Living without money

Heidemarie Schwermer was born in Memel, East Germany, in 1942. She was a teacher for 20 years and then became a psychotherapist. She has two children and three grandchildren.
After her divorce, she takes her two children to Dortmund. She is appalled by the poverty there. In 1994 she started a exchange shop, called Gibb und Nimm (Give and take). Goods and services are exchanged without the use of money.
On her 56th she gave away everything she had, her house, the furniture and the car. Since May 1996 she is alive and happy without money, according to the principle of give and take.
She does not like to barter, but Parting instead of Exchanging. Part - commerce so. On her website she invites people to play the give and take game.

She has only the clothes she wears and what fits in her backpack and suitcase.
Housing she gets as house sitter. In addition, she can wash and clean, and as a psychotherapist and teacher advise or teach. "I do not need a holiday, it is one of the faults of our society. It separates leisure and work, because most people do something they do not like to earn money to spend on things they do not need."

Her first book, ‘Das Sterntalerexperiment’ is also translated as ‘A rich life without money’, and tells about her first four years 'have nothing, and be a lot'. The proceeds went to charity. Her latest book is to download (only in German).
In 2010, a movie about her life and project was released: Living without money.

In the Netherlands, the site is inspired by her work.

“Capitalists are hungry leaders. “(Roger Vanbrabant)
“Capitalism is the exploitation of one man by another. Communism is the opposite. “(Who said that again?)
Not he who has little, but who wants more is poor (Seneca)
What you cannot give away, you don’t posses. (Ivern Ball)