Here is a guest post from Chi Town Cheapskates! Do you freecycle? Do you even know what it is? Well, if you’re a Frugal nut and you probaby are if you’re reading this – you need to check this out. It’s not new it’s been out for a few years now but many people still have not heard of it!
What is Freecycle?
Freecycle is a grassroots, non-profit group made up of smaller groups created to encourage recycling. Recycling in the sense of I don’t need/want this anymore and I’d rather “give it away” then “throw it away” As they say”One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”.
How it works:
Local Freecycle Groups are run off the Yahoo Groups system. In short, Yahoo -Groups is like a mass e-mail group. Someone posts a message via the groups Yahoo Group Website or sends an e-mail to the group’s e-mail address. The message/e-mail is then sent to everyone subscribed to the group. The receivers are then free to reply to the original sender.
You have a rocking chair you no longer want. You send an e-mail to the group’s e-mail address. All the users receive it. Those who are interested reply to you. You set up a time for the taker to pick up the item. Once it is gone, you send another e-mail to the group stating the item is gone. Users may also send e-mails for wanted items. Some groups have a limit on the number of wanted posts each person can send per day or week.
How to get started:
- Go the freecycle.org —>
- Type in your city and state – you may get results by city, county or both
- Click on the town’s Freecycle group you’d like to join. You’ll see a brief description of how Freecycle works and what you need to do to get started.
- Click on “Get Started” button
- You will be asked for your Yahoo ID & Password. Don’t have one?….just click on create new account. It may not be a bad idea to have a dedicated Yahoo email just for Freecycle as you may get alot of emails.
- You will need to be “approved” by the group before getting started
- Each Freecycle will have their own group etiquette–rules and courtesies for the group users. Once you join a freecycle, you will get information specific to the group. You’ll want to read through this to make sure you fully understand the rules of your particular group.
- You can join more then one group if you find in an area you don’t mind traveling to if you need to pick up an item.
Freecycle is a great way to get rid of all of the items cluttering your house. You don’t have to drive anywhere or deliver anything. You have an opportunity to help others that may be in need or just looking for something they would like to have.
It’s also a great way obtain things you want or need for FREE. Freecycle is a completely free group and money is not allowed to be charged for the items posted as “offered” (items you have to give). For every item you give, that is one less item in a landfill. No more dragging things out to the curb, slapping a “take me” sign on them only to have them ruined by a sudden rainstorm before someone has taken it!
The negetive side of Freecycle:
Occasionally you’ll have someone not show up for a scheduled “pick up”. However, it’s a small price to pay for getting rid of unwanted items guilt-free!