Something for Nothing

by Jane Wangersky | April 27th, 2010 | Money Saving Hints

We all want to find what we’re looking for at the lowest possible price. And sometimes, we’re lucky, and that price is nothing. I’m not just talking about the rare times we happen to see what we want sitting at the curb with a “free” sign on it.

Freecycle (TM) is sort of a virtual curb full of things people in your town want to give away. As freecycle.org says, the Freecycle Network (TM) is “a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free”. There are over 4,000 groups with over seven million members worldwide.

It’s simple: You join your local group and post on its site (find it on freecycle.org) when you need something, or need to get rid of something.

What will you find on there? A sampling of the last month’s offers on one group shows a bag of cans and egg cartons, a double bed, a dryer, and a piano. At the same time, others asked for baseball gear for a child (who might not decided to stick with it, after all), large houseplants, and supplies for a poker tournament.

You won’t find anything illegal, of course, or any drugs or medication, legal or otherwise. Pets, maybe – it’s up to each group. There are other restrictions, aimed at keeping the program helpful and no-strings. Your group’s moderator can fill you in on the ground rules. For example, they may say your first posting should be an offer, not a request. We’ve all got something we don’t need.

Safety is something to keep in mind, too. You’ll need to take the same precautions you would when meeting any stranger at your home or theirs.

Freecycle can be a great resource that saves you money when you least expect it. It’s worth checking out.

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