And you can too!
Freecycle is a nonprofit network of people who are giving away and getting stuff for FREE in their own towns. The listings not only help put FREE goods into the hands of the people who need them, but they also keep those items out of our landfills. You just search the free local listings, find the items you need, and arrange to pick them up from the owner.
CafeMom BethanyJade06 uses Freecycle constantly to save money and find the goods she needs for FREE. She looks for items she needs for the home she shares with her boyfriend and her two-year old daughter, and she has even found great free items for family members in need of good, usable baby gear.
Here are a few recent items BethanyJade06 scored on Freecycle and how much she guesses she saved with each find:
BethanyJade06: Someone gave a bassinet away on Freecycle. I got it for my brother whose girlfriend is expecting a baby. I think I saved at least $30 not having to buy one.
BethanyJade06: I got this carseat for my daughter. I saved about $50-$60, if not more, not having to buy a new one.
BethanyJade06: I also found this china cabinet. I saved at least $100 not having to buy a piece of furniture like this.
FREE China Cabinet
When it comes to cost savings, Freecycle beats out eBay, beats out thrift stores and Good Will, and beats out garage sales. And it's sure a lot cleaner than Dumpster diving.
I asked BethanyJade06 what she thinks is the biggest misconception most people have about using Freecycle. "Maybe that people only give junk away on there. Or that they will never be able to find what they need."
And what's the next thing BethanyJade06 hopes to find on Freecycle? "I am trying to find newborn baby girl clothes for my brother's baby that is due in June."
Well, good luck, BethanyJade06—although it doesn't seem like you need any.
Next time you're in need of a gently used item for your home or beyond, check Freecycle first. Your neighbor might just be unloading hers for free.
The Freecycle Network™ is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (& getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by a local volunteer. Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on “Browse Groups” above the search box.