Is there a younger sibling, cousin, or neighbor who could use it? If not, a local homeless shelter or other local charity might accept gently used school supplies. You can also offer it for free via Freecycle or your local Craigslist. I think that a little investigation will offer many options for donating school bags in your area.
But what if the bag is not in great shape? Even it’s had a lot of wear or the straps are broken, there are still options for reusing an old school bag.
Freecycle: When stuff doesn’t sell or isn’t handy to donate, Freecycle is your friend. Post your item on the site — I always add the disclaimer that I won’t deliver it — and you’ll often find someone will gratefully adopt your item.
You will definitely need boxes for packing your goods securely and they are a necessity in moving. However, boxes provided by professional moving companies can be very expensive. Consider looking for these boxes from alternative sources to cut down on costs when operating on a tight budget.
Collect boxes from the office that can fit some of the goods or check at your local grocery for even bigger ones. You can also ask friends to share some if they have, and even ask the kids to get some from their school. Liquor stores are another good source for boxes or the Freecycle and Craigslist.
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According to Deron Beal, founder and director of the 9-million-member Freecycle Network, which helps local communities set up free exchanges around the globe, people are itching to tap into the free economy — some because they are in need, others because they know their luck and can give.
“Knowing that my nearby markets had empty shelves also, I decided to try the online site Freecycle [The Freecycle Network]. Within 24 hours, I had two offers. Both people were very generous. They donated enough for this family and also for a group of people living in a residence elsewhere.
1. Donate extra belongings
Money isn’t the only way to donate to a good cause. You can also donate any belongings you’re not using, such as clothing, books, furniture, toys, appliances, or electronics. In addition to helping others, this is a great way to declutter the house.
Where you take your donations will depend on what you’re donating, but the local thrift store will work for most goods. With books, another option is the library. And if you prefer to do it all online, you can list your items through Freecycle or on the free section of Craigslist.
1. Give It Away
While many of us would scoff at the thought of a secondhand mattress, just as many of us would jump at the chance to get a free one. Think about family that might want one, such as nieces or nephews off to college or whoever else might be after a high-quality mattress for the cost of picking it up. Then, there is always The Freecycle Network, Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace.