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Benzinga: Try new sites to turn spring cleaning trash into cash, advise e-commerce experts ParcelHero

David adds: ‘Finally, for those feeling virtuous and altruistic following their spring cleaning, sites such as Freecycle are an innovitative way to find unwanted items a home. The Freecycle network has 7 million members across over 85 countries and everything posted must be given away. The site estimates that it is keeping 500 tons a day out of landfills.’

Says David: ‘One common thing to many of these sites is that they lack flexible mailing options, or are set up so that the buyer collects. Often this is not convenient. Courier services such as ParcelHero can pick up items from a seller and deliver directly to the buyer, eliminating much of the hassle.

‘In addition, many sellers are nervous about selling beyond their own country. Offering flexible international mailing boosts the chances of a successful sale enormously.’

Essential advice on shipping eBay items, and for other market place sites, is available on the ParcelHero website.

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Fast Company: Fast Company Free App Friday: 5 Apps To Help You Jettison The Junk

5. Free Your Former Favorites

The Freecycle + Trash Nothing (Android, iOS, Web) app ties together popular online freecycling groups in your community to help you get rid of stuff that’s no longer of use to you but that might otherwise have value to someone else (and vice versa). You can offer up your own possessions or request items that you need, adding descriptions, location information, and photos to round things out. The main rule is that stuff has to be no-strings-attached free.

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Money Talks: How to Find Thousands of Freebies

Want something for nothing? Go online, because Freecycle’s got company.

Free beauty products, children’s items, restaurant meals, furniture, electronics or even cellphone service – all you have to do is look.
But, given that Freecycle is a volunteer organization, it’s a little hard to complain. Besides, when it works it’s fabulous. A relative has picked up furniture, children’s clothing and other goodies. When I lived in Seattle, I received canning jars and tree fruit.

I also used Freecycle to give away framed prints, a two-CD set of “The Nutcracker,” a paraffin hand spa and an unopened pair of anti-embolism stockings, which saved car-free me from having to lug all this stuff to the thrift store by bus.

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3. Freecycle

Check it out if you want to: Find items you need for free (or get rid of stuff you don’t need).

Freecycle is a network of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. If you’re cleaning house and feel bad about throwing a ton of stuff out, list it on Freecycle. If you’re looking for random bits and bobs, check out what your community has listed. Membership is free, so you have nothing to lose. And anything is fair game, as long as it’s legal and appropriate for all ages. Find if there’s a group near you.

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Daily Finance: FreeBay Sites: Your Way to Get Rid Of, Get Stuff for Free

A mobile home, pianos, furniture and TVs are just some of the treasures available for free on sites like Craigslist,,, and The Freecycle Network. These sites — sometimes nicknamed “FreeBay” — are a boon to those needing to declutter, struggling financially or seeking the unusual. Like Forrest Gump’s proverbial box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

How Freecycling Works

Membership is free, and guidelines are fairly simple. For The Freecycle Network, it’s as simple as posting what you want or are giving away. In general, luck favors those responding to offers of free items rather than those seeking a particular item. I recently sought bookcases on two local freecycle Yahoo (YHOO) groups — but nary a nibble. However, I posted to get rid of some items when I moved last summer, and people picked up the items promptly and gratefully. Let’s look at some sites:

Read more Short on funds? Get to know these two friends: Freecycle and Barter

Let’s look at FreeCycle, first. While this wonderful organization’s avowed purpose is to keep as many discarded items out of the landfills as possible, rather than to make free stuff available, in the course of fulfilling their mission, they supply a lot of people, and especially moms, with items their households need—at no cost. Go to to find the group nearest you. (If there is none, consider starting a group in your area.)

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Daily Herald:The Penny Pincher: Everyday savings

If you’re anything like me, or even if not, these tips are perfect for you! Dubbed “15 Ways to Save Money Everyday,” I found this pin on Pinterest while scoping out some more simple ways to cut back, and I love what I found!

Though not all of the 15 tips will work for everyone, simple things like staying at home more, packing your own food for outings and utilizing resources such as Freecycle and yard sales can add up to some major savings.

Peruse the list and see what works best for you!

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Huffington Post: Taking the Green Approach: Four Ways to Reuse Your Old Mattress

Use Facebook, or any social network, to see if anyone you know is in need of a mattress. Post on your local Craigslist to see if anyone is in need of a new mattress. The Freecycle organization is another great place to find people potentially looking for a bed.

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WallStCheatsheet:Top 8 Money-Saving Tips for Women

Also, check out the website Freecycle. Users advertise a wide variety of items for free — you just have to go pick them up. And many restaurants offer birthday rewards to members who sign up for their online newsletter: you can usually score free appetizers, drinks, or desserts. Once you start saving, use your extra cash wisely. Bulk up your emergency fund, funnel more cash to your IRA, or open a college fund for your kids.

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