I think back to the way my grandmother and my godmother ran their homes as friends that lived close by to each other.
Both of them grew their own produce and baked from scratch. My godmother had chooks and used to barter the eggs around town. She traded cooking, mending and eggs for people to do jobs at her house. She got egg cartons from another neighbor, swapped another neighbor for the newspaper and even the home brew was bartered. She never owned a car and different people often took her into town when she needed to.
My Grandmother always had the latest newspapers and magazines on hand, but she never paid for. She always traded pumpkins, zucchinis or anything else that was in season for them.
Of course, no-one ever used the term 'bartering' it was just the way things were done.