I’ve been a member of my local Freecycle group for quite a while now. Freecycle is available in the US, Canada, and other countries!
Freecycle was created in an effort to reduce the amount of unwanted items in landfills. Basically it follows the principle “One mans trash in another mans treasure.”
How to join and use the Freecycle Network:
First, go HERE and find a group near you. Usually these groups are based around a town or a county. Make sure you try your city and then your county also, for example when I typed in Rapid City, South Dakota just a bunch of groups in the United Kingdom came up. But when I typed in Pennington County, South Dakota look what came up right on the top.
Click on the group name and it will bring you up to the disclaimer and statements page. Then you can join your local group! Another note: if you join a group that is in the county you live in but the next big town is in the next county over, join the bigger group also.
Membership to Freecycle is free(of course!) but they do ask that you follow their simple rules. Once you join they will send you an email with those rules and instructions. They mainly ask that you post appropriate items and that you always include your general location so the person that wants the item can decide if it’s worth it to drive to get it.
So here’s how it works. Say you go buy a new chair and you want to get rid of the old one. But you take a look at it and think, “Wow that’s still in pretty good shape, it would be a shame to throw that out!” Well, chances are is that someone wants and can use that chair! So then you list it on the Freecycle board and then when someone sees it that wants it, they will contact you in either an email or you can give your phone number on your post. Generally the rule is that the item goes to the first person that will come pick it up but you are free to pick whomever you want to receive that item. Then after you make arrangements for the replier to come get it, you just wait for them to pick it up and that’s it!
It works the same way when you find an item that you want listed, you make arrangement with the lister and go pick it up!
I’ve gotten SO many good things from Freecycle! Another nice feature is that you can list something that you want. Someone else might just have it!
So my tip today is to utilize your local Freecycle group! I really helps and can save you tons of money over time!