Find Free Stuff

Free Stuff

Sometimes we think that finding free stuff is dumpster diving. You don’t have to sneak around and dig through dumpsters. There are other less smelly resources available. There are websites, community resources, and other ways to find free stuff.

Worldwide Websites

Freecycle is a worldwide website to find free stuff. Their goal is to keep items out of dumps, including broken items. You set up the exchange yourself. I really like this site because they send you daily emails about what’s available in your area. You can put up wanted ads and offer ads. People also put up things that are broken and can be used for parts or fixed. Many people put offers of items that are in good or fair condition.
Freecycle asks that you don’t beg for items, or ask for expensive items. (I’ve seen posts where someone asks for an iPhone.)

Craigslist is another resource. I haven’t used it for getting free items, but I know they have those ads. Craigslist also has a wanted list. They suggest some basic safety guidelines to protect yourself.

Local Resources

There are many local resources for free items. You just have to do a little research to find them. Local papers and news channels will have lists of free stuff. If they aren’t available in your area, you can set up your own. In small communities, people set up Facebook pages to list classifieds. Some places have bulletin boards where you can post ads. Universities usually have classified ads too.

Sometimes people put free stuff out on the curb for someone to take (that happens in my neighborhood, anyway). My neighborhood and local church group host events to give away and receive free items. If you live in an apartment complex, you can ask if you can put a free stuff bin in a common area.

Friends, Neighbors, and Relatives

Sometimes you can ask your friends and relatives if they have any items that they want to get rid of. I’ve asked for and offered many free items. However, this can sometimes cause strain in a relationship. It works out as long as I don’t beg; I just ask politely and not feel offended if they can’t. Be courteous and offer help when you can, so you can avoid any resentment developing in the relationship.

Barter or Trade

Many sites will also have a barter or trade section. You might trade a service or a piece of furniture. Some websites are dedicated to bartering, such as BarterQuest. I googled to find this barter site and there are many others. I suggest finding reviews on any sites you use.

You can also trade services. If you have the spare time, this is a good option for receiving a service for free. My friend and I trade off babysitting, since it’s mutually beneficial. Sometimes businesses will also accept trades. You might offer to clean a bathroom for a free haircut.

Gratitude

Remember to show gratitude to others who give you free items. It will help you grow as a person and foster positive relationships. Friendships are the best free items.

Eileen Davis (Guest Blogger)

Eileen Davis (Guest Blogger)

I'm a crazy redhead. I have three hyperactive boys and a wonderful husband. I earned my BA in English Language from BYU. I grew up in Southeastern Utah in the middle of nowhere. I now reside by a big lake in Utah.
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One Response to Find Free Stuff

  1. Justin says:

    I’ve never really thought about looking for free items like this, but that freecycle site is a really great resource! Definitely going to use that sometime.

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