Ways to Save Money #2: Scour the Web for Free Stuff
A short time ago, I wrote a review of an eBook called Save to Quit. Along with the book, you get another eBook titled 500 Ways to Save Money that gives general saving ideas as well as ideas across a number of categories. This article is part of a series highlighting the money-saving ideas, one at a time. Note that I don’t get any referral income for these articles. Check out the rest of the Ways to Save Money Series here.
I’m a big fan of Craigslist. As I’m too lazy to go through the hassle of listing items on eBay, and I’d rather just deal with people face-to-face, I like the convenience of using Craigslist to post items for sale or for free. Additionally, I like to search through the listings for free items I can grab for myself! However, as I don’t like clutter, I tend to just window shop rather than claim something for my own.
But another upstart network called Freecycle is fast becoming the go-to for free stuff from your local neighbors. I signed up for the local Rockville group, and I see dozens of free items posted daily. Right now, here are a few of the items up for grabs:
- Mandalay Bay aftershave and eau de toilette – new
- Brand new baby changing pad from Target
- TV stand
- Singing flower
- Women’s wool swing coat – size 14
I’ve seen old TVs, working washers/dryers/fridges, and much more, but I haven’t yet participated in the network outside of just receiving the email notices. If you need to furnish your apartment or house, I highly suggest giving Freecycle and Craigslist a shot!
One thing to note is that I recall the signup process for Freecycle to be rather tedious and confusing. I thought it would be more like Craigslist, but it’s more like a forum instead. Pictures don’t automatically display for the items, which means you need to click through your email to get to the photos section of the forum. But if there’s a juicy gem in there that you want, it’s worth the price (free!).
For a couple dozen alternatives to Freecycle, check out this article from Bean Sprouts. Melanie highlights other national and local recycling programs, and even a few international ones.
Another way to get free stuff, or nearly free stuff is to use coupons. Money Crashers has a really excellent review of this. Rather than talk about this more here, I’ll just direct you to their article.
See the rest of the Ways to Save Money Series here.