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09-04-2009, 04:46 PM #1
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How to find even more free stuff
There's no shortage of sources for finding free stuff. A growing number of websites are dedicated to connecting you to communities where you can swap what you no longer need, locate stuff others want to unload, and even borrow things from your neighbors. It's also fairly easy to find free samples, magazine subscriptions, and much more.
Saving money is the obvious benefit. However, reusing stuff is also great for the planet since it keeps valuable items out of landfills and also saves resources needed to make new products.
I got hundreds of comments and emails after writing the post How to find free stuff. Yahoo! readers were eager to share their favorite websites. Below is a list of some of the most common suggestions:
Sites that help you swap books, DVDs, CDs, and video games are quite popular. Here are some that weren't mentioned in the original article: SwapaDVD, PaperBackSwap, SwapaCD, BookMooch, TitleTrader, and Game Trading Zone.
Looking for some other trading options? Try Swap Baby Goods, Hand-Me-Downs, or UandITrade to swap (or sell) kids' stuff you no longer need. Women can trade clothing and accessories at Dig‘n Swap.
Borrowing something from your neighbor isn't technically the same as getting something for free, but it's pretty darn close since you'll save money by not having to buy something you won't use very often. You also won't have to find space for it in your house. Check out neighBORROW, Household Network, or Loanables.
Log onto CurbStuff or TakeMeimFREE to search for items being given away by people in your town.
Use Twitter to get instant updates about free offerings. Sign up for FreeStuffUS or FreeSampleLady.
Find free accommodations all over the world at GlobalFreeLoaders, Hospitality Club, and Places2Stay.
Access a wide selection of overstocked items, merchandise mistakes, and sponsored products at Absofree.com. Everything is free, but you will have to pay $7.99 for shipping and handling.
HappyHourWatch maps local happy hours and bar specials. Drinks aren't necessarily free, but you can find some good discounts.
There is a website for every marine base where you can get deeply discounted or free stuff. You don't have to be in the military to participate, but you will want to find the website for your closest base. Some examples: Lejuene Yard Sales, Pendleton Yard Sales, and Cherry Point Yard Sales.
Here's a short list of some of the many websites dedicated to helping people find giveaways, samples, free magazine subscriptions, and other promotional items: Freeshiet, Free Stuff Times, Freenology, and YESall4Free. Teens can try TeenFreeway.
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