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ChicagoNow: The Do’s and Don’ts of Successfully Getting Free Stuff

I even sold some items on Craigslist. Then there were some other items that weren’t really sellable in my opinion. A few odds and ends. I decided to list them on freecycle. Freecycle is a site in which you offer items that you don’t want to others for free. Its based on the premise of recycling and keeping things out of the landfill.

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Louisville.com: FreeCycle allows Louisville residents to get and give items for free [family & parenting]

I often struggle to balance our family budget. This daunting task becomes increasingly harder with the rising cost of gas, utilities, and food. On top of this, my daughter hit a growth spurt and her jeans are capris.

I recently encountered a group in Louisville that makes your budgeting a little easier by offering free products. FreeCycle is a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns. It’s all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Louisville has an online group. The Louisville chapter was founded in 2004 and currently has 14,689 members. Here individuals and list the product they are offering or items that want. Other members respond to this post saying they either want it or have it to give.

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Chicago Tribune: ‘Free’ now comes in drips

Some things have remained free, or already paid for, through the years. Just check out the good stuff at your local public library. And if you want to give or receive all kinds of free stuff — unwanted lamps, children’s bikes, appliances — join The Freecycle Network in your area, via freecycle.org.

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News Channel 7: Freecycle.org Gives People A Way to Recycle, Shop and Help Those in Need

We all have things lying around the house we are looking to get rid, so if you don’t want it, post it.

That’s the theory behind a website called Freecycle.org. It’s a non-profit site.

Post something you don’t want to help someone else, because you never know when you might need that little bit of extra help.

“You can see anywhere from baby formula to baby bottles to furniture for your house,” Jymel Jackson said.

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Lincoln courier: ReClaim, ReCycle, ReConstruct

The ReClaimer is certainly not alone in this mindset. Today’s ReClaimer Blog will put a spotlight on The Freecycle Network(TM).

A concept that was launched in one city in the United States (US) has since grown to international and global scope. In May of 2003, Freecycle founder Deron Beal organized an online email group of contacts representing a group of non-profit organizations in Tucson, Arizona. The online contact network was necessary to streamline and make highly efficient a previously time-consuming process of offering unwanted or donated items to multiple organizations in the Tucson area. Originally fostered by the organization RISE, which at the time provided recycling services to downtown Tucson businesses, The Freecycling Network (TM) grew into a online network that now spans the globe and has incorporated the efforts of individuals and groups in 85 countries.

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Summit Daily News: Dave Pierce Jr.: Prefer a money-less economy

Summit Freecycle, a Yahoo group, is a shining example of how giftivism is a win-win for all. Since 2004 it has linked those in Summit with items and services to give and those who can make use of them. Though I’ve only been a member for a short time, it has demonstrated repeatedly to me that gift-giving works. To find out more, run an Internet search on “summit freecycle.” For info on money-less economies, see David Graeber’s book “Debt: The First 5000 Years.”

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Washington Times: Living Below the Line: Days 3 & 4 Sustaining and living with less

Mark Boyle, stopped using money in 2008. Like Schwermer, what was initially a 12-month experiment has turned into a way of life. Boyle lives in a camper he got on Freecycle and volunteers at an organic farm.

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ReporterHerald.com: Reduce first, then recycle

By reusing packaging you can utilize what you have purchased. Reuse glass jars to hold leftovers, beans, art supplies, etc. Reuse pet food bags rather than plastic grocery bags to hold your animal’s excrement. Reuse shoe boxes to store items. Put a notice on Freecycle listing items you no longer need or can be reused by others. Save waxed liners from cereal boxes to hold produce at the grocery rather than plastic bags.

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MyFox Chicago: 24 Things To Do For Earth Day

17. Join your local Freecycle to pass along items instead of throwing them away

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Gaston Gazette: Frugal Living – Combat Price Hikes On Food

Wild-food foraging: Look for books or websites on wild-food foraging and edible plants. Contact farmers, grocery stores, u-pick farms or your neighbors and ask if you can glean their excess. Fallen fruit and unharvested vegetables rot and can be a chore to clean up, so they might be more than happy to give it away. Offer to volunteer some time if necessary to help them in exchange for food. You can place an ad in your local newspaper or on Craigslist.org or Freecycle.org, too.

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