Today I looked at the Free section of my local Craigslist. If I had a truck and a helper, I could furnish an apartment! Just today, a refrigerator, two couches, a bed, a dresser, a table, several TVs, a rug, books, and a cat. What more could I need?
Many of the free things are “curb alerts” – the item is outside at the curb, so go get it before it rains or before someone else takes it. Others require contacting the advertiser to arrange to pick the item up.
A post on the Penny Hoarder blog brought out another way to make use of the free section. The poster had some things she was willing to part with, but they weren’t really valuable enough to sell individually. At the time, she had a need for fresh produce. She put those two facts together. She offered each item in the free section, and added to the listing that though the item is free, she would be very glad to receive produce or canned vegetables in exchange for it.
She said that because people could decide how much to give her, she usually received a far greater value in food than the item she was giving away.
See the full details here: http://www.thepennyhoarder.com/how-to-save-money-on-groceries-craigslist-bartering/
To find your local Craigslist, Google ‘Craigslist’ and the name of your city.
Marie Brack is the author of Frugal Living for the 21st Century: Adventures in Using Your Money Wisely. It’s available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and paperback versions.