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Hindustan Times: The BEST Websites to Help You Save Money in the UK This Winter

1. Freecycle

If you are in the UK, then you will no doubt have heard of Freecycle by now. Freecycle is a, as the name suggests, a completely free website that encourages Brits to trade unwanted goods with each other. Generally, the money raised goes back into the local community. For example, we just had a quick look, and you can find a range of freebies from lawn mowers to baby clothes.

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Shop second-hand
When you want something different in your house, and you wish to buy in a low budget, then you can opt for second-hand shopping. If you want to buy something, it does not have to be brand new. There are places where you will find your desired furniture or any other home amenities in second- hand shops. There are different stores for second-hand furniture. One of the best options is a Thrift shop. These shops offer home d├ęcor and accessories. You will find items like lamps, glassware, and artwork for your house. Freecycle is a network of social groups around the world where people can transfer their unwanted stuff for others who want to use it.

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Hindustan Times: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: A world of freebies

Nine months ago, Vishal Dhaybhai, 31, a design entrepreneur from Udaipur in Rajasthan, was looking for an affordable smartphone. His friends suggested that he get a second-hand one, and directed him to a local store called Dariya Dil Dukaan (DDD).

“When I got there, I found a couple of smartphones that looked good and were in good condition,” says Dhaybhai, “I asked the price, and they told me the phones were free. I was delighted, and picked one.” Back home with his free new phone, Dhaybhai had a thought. “The next day, I went back and gave them my old phone, which was still in good condition,” he says.

“I felt, if a stranger could share something and make me happy, I should do the same for someone else.”

That, in essence, is the principle of freecycling, a philosophy that originated in the US, encouraging consumers to recycle goods by passing them on for free- and take from a common pool of donated goods, rather than buying fresh merchandise.

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