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BBC.co.uk: The people fighting price rises by trying to buy nothing

At Freecycle, a similar site where participants typically offer up some 20,000 items each day, the number of posts each day has increased by about 15% in recent months, driven by the financial concerns, founder, Deron Beal says.

“People, understandably, they’re buying petrol or going to the store and seeing high prices…seek to pinch their pennies a little bit and Freecycle… is a good alternative,” he says.

Even families with higher incomes, who might ordinarily be insulated from the pressures, are reconsidering their ordinary spending, says Tania Brown, a financial planner based in Georgia, with more than 20 years’ experience.

“There is an across-the-board sense of worry about inflation: ‘How long is this going to last, how this is going to impact their daily life’,” she says. “I am definitely hearing differences and changes.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-60237929

Scottish Sun: Nine top deals on essential gardening tools every beginner needs

GET IT FREE: See if you can pick up tools, plant pots and other gardening bits without paying a penny on Freecycle, Freegle, Freelywheely or Trash Nothing – or very cheaply via Gumtree and Facebook Marketplace. Not only will this save you money, it will prevent unwanted items from going into landfill.

https://www.thescottishsun.co.uk/money/8282105/nine-top-deals-essential-gardening-tools/

Cwmbran Life: Don’t be scammed by ‘Facebook fly-tippers’- check if the business has a licence

Fly-tipping Action Wales also encourages people to reduce the amount of waste they have to dispose of by using services such as Freecycle, donating unwanted items to local charities and looking into the free and paid services your local council has available.

The Cornish Times: Reduce, reuse and recycle for a low carbon Christmas

• regift unwanted items that are in good condition to others, donate them to charity shops, give them away on free sale sites like Freecycle or Freegle or on local Facebook groups, or take items that could be fixed to repair cafés and give them a new lease of life

https://www.cornish-times.co.uk/article.cfm?id=130796&headline=Reduce,%20reuse%20and%20recycle%20for%20a%20low%20carbon%20Christmas&sectionIs=news&searchyear=2021

Ideal.co.uk: An upcycler has given her IKEA Hemnes chest of drawers a vintage-inspired makeover

‘The unit was a freebie from Freecycle,’ Kata tells us. This meant she had a little more to spend on accessories, like the showstopping high-end handles.

ToysMatrix: Van conversion: Lifestyle boom – ‘someone flew from Canada to Portugal to pick up a sink’ | Travel News | Travel

With some DIY, they managed to keep the costs down.

“Obviously there are ways to get stuff for a bit cheaper.

“I know people who look for second hand stoves and sinks, and people find a lot of things on freecycle and gumtree.

“Finding something for a bargain is always fun.

https://toysmatrix.com/van-conversion-lifestyle-boom-someone-flew-from-canada-to-portugal-to-pick-up-a-sink-travel-news-travel/

The Guardian: ‘We don’t need to buy more stuff’: the people who kit out their homes for free

Many people turning to skips or sites such as Freecycle in a bid to save money and help the planet

https://www.theguardian.com/money/2021/oct/23/buy-more-stuff-skips-freecycle-save-money

Toysmatrix: Caravan conversion: Couple turn old DHL van into dream home now worth £15k | Travel News | Travel

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The bed was made out of an old ping pong table and a free mattress from Freecycle.

It took six months for the couple to turn the van into a home.

An amazing feat considering neither had much building experience.

https://toysmatrix.com/caravan-conversion-couple-turn-old-dhl-van-into-dream-home-now-worth-15k-travel-news-travel/

Mirror.co.uk: Woman shares easy hacks for £3.70 food shop, free bike and 50p clothes

She says anyone in search of furniture, books and toys should also sign up to Freecycle.

This is an app where local people can list and request items they need or no longer want.

“My best collection to date has been a bike. Initially I collected it for our grandson, but it’s a road bike, not cool I’m guessing, so I got to keep it. I can’t tell you how thrilled I am.”

https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/woman-shares-easy-hacks-370-25035767

Solihull Observer: How to save the planet – and pennies – with secondhand furniture

A more sophisticated site, the grassroots and non-profit set up Freecycle (freecycle.org) allows searches based on location – reducing carbon footprints even further by not needing to travel so far. Membership is free and the site is carefully monitored.

https://solihullobserver.co.uk/lifestyle/how-to-save-the-planet-and-pennies-with-secondhand-furniture-32699/