Ways to Save Money #2: Scour the Web for Free Stuff
A short time ago, I wrote a review of an eBook called â€œSave to Quitâ€œ. Along with the book, you get another eBook titled â€œ500 Ways to Save Moneyâ€ 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 donâ€™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.