Money-Saving Tips: 3 Ways to Get Free Stuff Without Spending a Dime

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By: Jared Cotter | Meredith Witthar Posted: 10:29 PM, Jan 24, 2018 Updated: 2:06 PM, Jul 20, 2018

Learn how to get free things without spending any money! We’re all trying to pinch pennies, but what’s the best way to do that? That’s where the Buy Nothing Project comes in. Local groups across the country are allowing neighbors to give things away to each other for free. We spoke with Kendra Flory, an admin and avid user of Buy Nothing, who showed us three ways to…well, buying nothing!

1. Spend Nothing

 

So how does this all work? Put your wallet away, and hold on to your money! “[There’s] no bartering, no trading – this is giving for the sake of giving,” explains Kendra. “Requesting because there’s something that you need that your neighbor has.” You can find what’s available in your neighborhood by joining your local Buy Nothing Facebook group. And there are over two thousand groups worldwide! If you’re looking for something specific, you can post a request…for just about anything. “In my local group, somebody recently just lovingly re-homed their [pet] hedgehog,” Kendra revealed. Too cute!

2. Give Freely

Buy Nothing isn’t just about getting things – it’s also about giving freely! You can declutter your life and help someone in need instead of tossing things in the trash. Just make sure to be honest about what you’re giving away. You never know who will want it – even if it’s a home cooked meal! “You can share part of your meal, if you’ve made too much for your family,” suggests Kendra. “Offer half of that lasagna to your neighbor rather than let it go to waste.” Hey, this could turn into an instant party!

3. Build Community

And finally, build a community! Buy Nothing is like asking to borrow a cup of sugar in the twenty-first century. But sometimes it’s a lot more than just sugar. “Recently, somebody had nearly their entire wedding done through The Buy Nothing Project,” Kendra shares. When a couple named Erika and Patrick married, they were on a tight budget. So they put up an ask on their local Buy Nothing, and their neighbors banded together to help them throw an amazing ceremony. Someone pass us the Kleenex, please!

You never know what you can find, get rid of, or who you’ll meet if you open up your heart and try!

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