Thrifty Hippy Mama

{November 19, 2009}   Help yourself AND the environment at the same time! Green gifting via Freecycle!

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It’s easy to go green without having to break the bank. Yes, solar lighting is a great thing and believe me, if I could afford to make those kind of changes, I would. Truth be told, there aren’t many of us out there who can drop that kind of money, no matter how much we want to.

There are so many simple and inexpensive (or FREE) ways to help the environment. We’re going to focus on just one of those way for right now, by talking aboutFREECYCLE.

FREECYCLE is a website where you can get (or give) items for free. Most often these are second hand items such as clothing, furniture, toys, bikes, and more. No money EVER exchanges hands and it’s completely free to join.

Here’s how it works…

You GO TO THE FREECYCLE WEBSITE and search for your local branch. Upon clicking “join” you will be taken to the local freecycle yahoo group for your area. On the top right of that screen you will see a button that says “join this group”. Click that and request to be a member.

Once approved (which is usually pretty quickly) you will have access to a world of thriftiness. Most freecycle groups require you to post an offer before you post a want ad. This just means that you need to give something away before you can REQUEST anything imparticular.

Say you have a dog crate (just an example) that you no longer want or need. You would post it on your local group and offer it to one of their members. Your post would look something like this.

Subject – “Offer: Medium Size dog crate”

Your post – I have a medium sized dog crate that can use a new home. Pick up in “your city or neighborhood name here).

And that’s it. Once you’ve made your first post you can start asking for things. For instance..if you need a bookcase you would write “Wanted: Bookcase”. It’s really that simple.

Now, you don’t have to post an offer to receive items. Just to request something officially on the website. After you become a member you will be able to see all offers and wants. If someone offers something that you can use, you are allowed to reply to that person and ask for said item. If you are the one they choose, they will tell you where and when you can get that item.

Same thing goes for want ads. If someone posts a want ad and you have the item they are looking for and are willing to give it away, email them. They will be more then happy to come on by and take it off of your hands.

So in the end, we all end up saving money by being thrifty, but also help the environment by keeping usable items out of our landfills. It’s a win/win! Heck, there have been severeal times i’ve gotten things BRAND NEW! You never know what you’ll find on FREECYCLE.

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