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The New York Times: Three Things You Can Do: Swap, Share and Donate

Have you ever seen lightly used household items — things like lamps, books, toys, furniture and clothes — piled up on the curbside and wondered if somebody wouldn’t want that stuff?

The answer is probably yes, and it might be easier than you think to connect your unwanted things with new owners.

One way to do that is through apps and websites. Craigslist, Bunz, Listia and Freecycle allow you to swap or give away just about anything. People often use Meetup to get together and swap records, books and clothes.

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Baltimore Post-Examiner: Design on a Dime! 10 Ways to Save Money While Redecorating

Freecycle

Freecycle is a worldwide network of local groups giving away their old stuff for free. You can find anything from bar stools to mirrors, handy for redecorating. To sign up, head to Freecycle.org and enter your location. You can also head to Dealwiki for top deals on furniture and home accessories.

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Albany Times Union:Save cash, and stress, when planning the family road trip

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 on gear, either, says Waechter. Check out ebay, Freecycle or Craigslist for gently used equipment.

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WFMZ Allentown:Money Matters: When to buy new

And what about sporting gear? It’s hard to imagine how weights can go bad. And it’s easy to imagine how many people are trying to get out from under them on sites like Craigslist or Freecycle.

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The Providence Journal: Trash Tutorial: Options for your played-out discs and tapes

A:If you have CDs, DVDs or VHS tapes that hold professionally recorded music or movies, and these are still in good, playable condition, then you have some online, satellite and brick-and-mortar options for finding their next home. There are websites and apps like Craigslist, FreeCycle, 5 Miles, Letgo and OfferUp that allow you to sell or give away used items for free. Book donation bins stationed around your community or at your local transfer station or recycling center also accept donatable CDs, DVDs and VHS tapes. Finally, you can just take them directly to a Goodwill, Savers, Salvation Army or other local thrift stores. Find a list at www.rirrc.org/reuse.

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The Daily News Of Newburyport:Boomer Talk: Is it time to downsize, or ‘right size’?

Freecycle is an online network (www.freecycle.org) where one’s trash becomes another’s treasure, and no money is exchanged.

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Centre Daily Times: These businesses received an award for recycling efforts. Here’s what they’re doing

State College Friends School
The State College Friends School recycles plastic bags and film at Weis Markets, miscellaneous plastics at the county drop off bins, fruit pouches and energy bar wrappers with Teracycle, marker recycling through Crayola and batteries with the Battery Outlet. They reuse containers for starting plants for their gardens and art projects and use both sides of paper before recycling. The State College Friends School uses the State College Borough compost containers for paper waste, meat and pizza boxes and use their own composting bins for vegetable and fruit waste. They use Freecycle to repurpose items the school no longer needs.

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ChaddsFordLive.com: Mind Matters: Give and take

To begin the process of remodeling our kitchen, the old was gutted and appliances were going to be thrown away. Donating to Goodwill or other non-profits was not possible — our old kitchen was “too old” despite all being in working condition. Freecycle to the Rescue.

Freecycle is an online listing service sort of like Craig’s List but, as the name implies, “free.” The mission of Freecyle, as quoted in Adam Grant’s book, “Give and Take,” is to “build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.”

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The Star Democrat: Oh, to be organized

7. Furniture. Place an ad in your local paper, or post your items up for sale on Craigslist. If you want to give the stuff away, post on the FreeCycle website. Or call the next fundraiser auction that comes along and ask whether your items could be picked up. If your furniture is really as great as you think, it’ll be gone before you know it.

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WTOL.com: Money Talks News: How to save on furniture

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.

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