Another idea; consignment stores. Shoppers can actually look at the merchandise and save 50 percent. Maybe even more because sometimes if a shopper can haggle the price down. Some of the older furniture is built better than the furniture that is in stores today.
And then there’s Craig’s list, freecycle and yard sales, estate sales and auctions. There are websites and apps that can help shoppers find em.
Consider camping: Tent camping — not “camping” in a luxury class A motorcoach — can save you a ton of money on lodging. You don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of gear, either, Waechter said. Check out ebay, Freecycle or Craigslist for gently used equipment.
Freecycle: Like Craigslist, Freecycle is a website that can hook you up with free stuff that people in your community would otherwise be throwing away. It’s a matter of signing up for your local group and posting that you’re looking for boxes.
Angela Barton, a writer and editor in Los Angeles, likes cutting her carbon footprint as well as traveling more using the money she saves. Julia Park Tracey, an author and journalist in Forestville, California, refurbished her home using materials that otherwise might have been discarded. She bought new energy-efficient appliances but gathered most supplies from The Freecycle Network, Craigslist and the nonprofit Habitat for Humanity ReStores, which sell donated paint, flooring, appliances, furniture and building materials.
1. Buy used, pay cash
Even if you pay the exact same price for two items, if you buy it on credit, you could end up spending double the price, depending on how long you take to pay it off. On the other hand, if you look online and find someone in your area selling the same item on a site like Craigslist or OfferUP, you can sometimes pay half the price of retail or less. Better yet, you can often find things you might need for free on Freecycle. Check to see if there is a local Freecycle group in your area.
THE FREE STUFF
The Freecycle Network is a global phenomena and, founded in Tucson Arizona in 2003, one of the earliest platforms to encourage gifting. It is based on environmental principles, and Freecycle claims that its recycling initiatives ensures that over 500 tonnes a day of waste are kept out of landfill. There are over 9 million Freecyclers globally. There is one Freecycle group in Canberra with nearly 3,000 member.
LANCASTER – Deron Beal isn’t just back in town for the Fairfield County Fair, but he’s looking forward to it.
The executive director of the Freecycle Network came to kick off the annual Ohio University Lancaster Friends of the Library speaker series Thursday in Wagner Theatre.
Freecycle is a free website where users can post things they would normally trash, or even look for free items. There’s no exchange of money, just items.
Freecycle.org is a website that allows members to give things away to neighbors for free. It’s like Craigslist, but only for free stuff.
The Freecycle group for Arlington has nearly 3,500 members and more than 550 items offered either for giveaway or as “wanted.”
Among the recent items: a replica of the Declaration of Independence, a broken necklace, a bunch of unwanted coffee filters and a rug that’s had black paint spilled on it.
But one particular, unique item on the site caught a reader’s eye: a life-sized poster of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.
This nonprofit movement consists of more than 5,000 local groups — and some 9 million members — all around the world. It’s all about keeping good stuff out of landfills by allowing members to give away items they no longer need, as well as search for things they can use that someone else might want to jettison. And it’s all free, including membership. — Istock