Frugal Tip of the Week: Use Your Local Freecycle

I love freecycle. It is a community of people who are dedicated to reusing and recycling and it’s all done for free. What can get better than that! Just go HERE and search for a group in your area and join the group. It is really simple to use, similar to a forum. If you are looking for an item you post a “wanted” ad. If you have an item to give you post an “offer” ad. Then you get an email when someone responds. Make arrangements to meet that person and exchange the item and you’re good to go!  I have requested items such as moving boxes, a bread machine, party decorations, Halloween costumes, all of which were given to me free from another generous person who was no longer in need of those items. I have also given away many things from my home. I am too lazy to hold a yard sale, which may go against all frugal rules! I usually give my excess stuff away instead. I have given home decor items such as pictures and bathroom stuff. I have given away a bar table with 4 stools, lots of baby items like clothes and all the stuff that comes with an infant. I even cleaned out my pantry and gave away all the unopened food that I had that I knew we would not eat before the expiration date. I also offer up coupons on freecycle. There have been high value diaper coupons from amazon. I no longer need those, so why not share them with someone who does! If I offer up something and no one responds then I will donate the item to a local thrift store.

You know the saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” It really is true and freecycle is a fabulous way to share your unwanted items with someone who does. I have seen everything from beds to vacuums to excess fruit from trees to clothes to pet food. You name it, and it’s been listed at some point. There are different email subscriptions you can sign up for to be notified of the items listed so that you don’t have to check the website everyday. The posted items come to you right in your email. So join your group and get to freecycling! Just please keep it honest and only take items you can use and not to try and resell.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

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    Aug 31, 2010 @ 01:57:12

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    Sep 01, 2010 @ 10:54:15

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