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Want something for nothing? Go online, because Freecycle’s got company.
Free beauty products, children’s items, restaurant meals, furniture, electronics or even cellphone service – all you have to do is look.
Sometimes this means a one-time sign-up, but ongoing sources of goodies also exist, letting you browse whenever you have a minute. You might not even have to do the browsing, because reputable freebie bloggers will do the filtering for you.
Free stuff has never been so easy to get, according to Money Talks News money expert Stacy Johnson. Once you’ve watched his video, read on for more details.
Depending on where you live The Freecycle Network can mean a constant stream of fabulous freebie opportunities or a sluggish trickle of “meh”-ness. After all, people in wealthy areas have more to give than folks in less affluent communities. Another variable: Freecycle groups are not always very well organized.
But, given that Freecycle is a volunteer organization, it’s a little hard to complain. Besides, when it works it’s fabulous. A relative has picked up furniture, children’s clothing and other goodies. When I lived in Seattle, I received canning jars and tree fruit.
I also used Freecycle to give away framed prints, a two-CD set of “The Nutcracker,” a paraffin hand spa and an unopened pair of anti-embolism stockings, which saved car-free me from having to lug all this stuff to the thrift store by bus.
Similarly, the “free” section of Craigslist sometimes yields some real keepers, as do trading sites such Listia.com, Swapmamas (for kid-related needs), Swapstyle (clothing) and BookMooch. Sure, you have to pay for the gas to pickup Freecyle/Craigslist swag or pay for shipping from the trading sites, but do the math and balance the total against the cost of buying new items. It might be worth it.