I would like to introduce you to another way to save money and either receive items or get rid of things that you no longer need. It's similar to a site like Cragislist but instead of listing things for sell, people list items that they would live to give away - free recycling - freecycle.
It's free to join and you sign up by your city or nearby cities that you wouldn't mind driving to for pickup. Basically, someone list an item (or items) they have to offer for give away. You send a reply email to that person and let them know that you're interested. If that person picks you for the item, they will contact you on when and where to pick the item up. You will be very surprised at the quality of items that you will see being given away.
So far, I've received a nice fiberglass kitchen sink, a kid's bicycle trailer, mirrors, bread machine, bathroom vanity (more on this item in an upcoming post), clothes, baker's rack, dining room table and more that I'm sure I'm forgetting. I've also listed and giving away a lot of items.
When you sign up there is usually a short list of rules for the site such as:
- your first post must be an offer
- the first week of the month you can't post "wanted" items, only offers
- no wildcat post (this is where you post an item and say first one here gets it)
- no items for sale or similar post.
It's really very simply and fun to do. To get started, go to http://www.freecycle.org/ and click on the button at the top left of the page that says "browse groups". You can then select your state and local cities or counties to join.
It's a wonderful way to get your unwanted items out of your way and also get some new things that you can use, all for free.