Register with Toys for Tots.
Pay attention to any other similar efforts, probably organized by local fire or police departments.
When your kid enters public school, fill out the paperwork for the federal free/reduced meal program, even if you plan to make lunches for her to take to school. Being registered for the program means you'll receive any other communications intended for low income families, such as information about Toys For Tots, winter clothing programs, school supply programs, etc.
Register with a local Freecycle.org mailing list. You can post 'wanted' messages.
Search Facebook for your town's name and the word 'free'. Many towns have a free forum, much like Freecycle or the free classified section on Craigslist.
The Freecycle Network™
- a grassroots nonprofit movement of people giving (and getting) stuff for free in their neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free.
Folks all prices are regional.
/u/sapphiresky If you live in the US google the name of your state and "produce calendar". You might find apples are thirty cents a pound at certain times a year for example.
I also want to point out here that peanut butter and beans are much cheaper protein than any meat you come across(at least in my experience in North America).
Produce in most places is cheaper than meat.
If you live in North America you will not beat potatoes for dollar per calorie density. Look for dishes that use lots of potatoes.
Carrots are also very inexpensive year around because they keep so long.
Consider a chili because most recipes are a attempt to extend the taste of tiny bit of meat by adding bean proteins and spices.
Also freecycle (https://www.freecycle.org/) a request for a rice cooker or a electric cooking element pots/pans whatever you need. If you are not in a low density population region you can pick these things up with patience and timing.
Short answer: Yes!
~~Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.~~
Reduce. Reuse. Repair. Respect.
Reduce and reuse are obvious. Buying from thrift shops or using freecycle.org or posting free stuff on craigslist rather than throwing things away is great for reducing consumption!
Repairing items like shoes (which can be resoled) is another great thing to do. Respecting your possessions by taking good care of them and getting the maximum life out of what you buy is also a great idea.
Recycling is a last resort to be used only when all of the above fail.
So, yes. Getting use out of that which was already produced years ago is a great way to reduce consumption.
I would just try https://www.freecycle.org/ and craigslist (post under free stuff). It won't support any organization, but will get the dishes to be reused by someone who actually wants them instead of having them sit in one of the thrift shops potentially forever.
Organizations may also care about condition of the dishes; some are quite picky about what they accept. But, people taking stuff for free generally are just thankful, in my experience.
The Freecycle Network: a free to sign-up/nonprofit website that helps people give away free stuff that they don't need to people who need it in their local town/neighborhood. Their goal is to promote re-use of goods that would otherwise go into landfills.
You can always use Freecycle for old bits people don't want. Every now and again something useful pops up [like this.](https://groups.freecycle.org/group/TowerHamletsUK/posts/66178120/Ikea%20Billy%20bookcases%20(x2)
You might want to join and post in the Facebook group for "Buy Nothing Durant, Hamilton, ON"
It's quite an active group there are always these types of items offered (and sought).
You could also try the Hamilton chapter of Freecycle https://www.freecycle.org/town/HamiltonON
Also have had great luck with Freecycle. I’ve literally had people pick up boxes of half empty shampoos/cleaners/etc for shelters, etc. Fastest way to get stuff gone! FreeCycle
Do you know about Freecycle? In about a dozen exchanges over the past three years or so, giving and receiving, 100% have been pleasant/worthwhile; perhaps because it is a smaller catchment group?... FFS I even got a couple of Christmas cards last year.
Facebook is a shitshow
There’s an small but active Freecycle group in Raleigh (I’ve posted a bunch of free stuff this week and it’s been taken up pretty fast) - that might achieve the same thing you’re looking for? Free stuff, cut down on landfill waste.
If you can't sell the stuff you wanna get rid off, offer it for free on Craigslist/offerup/etc or on https://www.freecycle.org/ or in your local paper if there's a free section in the classifieds.
Another trick is if you have furniture, put it out by the street with a sign asking for $10. Someone will take it off of you in no time!
Ahead of your move out date, also consider posting on Waterloo Freecycle. Honestly a great site overall to get and to get rid of stuff. After second year, never had to visit IKEA again.
You could give Freecycle a go. I've picked up and got rid of stuff pretty easily.
Alternatively how about calling the Salvos or similar. I think they'll pickup stuff if you can't drop it in yourself.
Not buy, as insanely poor people don't go around buying a lot of stuff, but use resources such as Freecycle, ReUseIt Network and Paper Back Swap.
People are often looking for usable packing materials on places like https://www.freecycle.org/town/YorkUK
Otherwise the recycling site is at https://www.york.gov.uk/household-waste/hazel-court-household-waste-recycling-centre-hwrc/1
Lots of places that accept clothing donations will also accept donations of household items like appliances, decorative items, toys, linens... so you may be able to still donate them and get a tax receipt. Some of these places will even have a truck come by and pick it up for you, even if you are not home, free of charge, and leave a tax receipt for you to fill out. You just make an appointment and leave your stuff out on the porch/lawn/driveway/sidewalk and mark it for the driver to see.
I'm not sure but maybe you can sell them to your local thrift stores, or places like goodwill or the salvation army? Maybe call up your local salvation army stores and ask about wether or not they'll give you a tax receipt for these items. Call up local thrift stores and maybe ask them if they'll buy the sort of items you have.
Let your friends know - maybe some of them would like to have the things you don't want. Or, maybe have a garage sale?
You can also post them up on your local https://www.freecycle.org and give them away.
A lot of council tips/recycling centres have tip shops.. They resell a lot of equipment that's in good nick.
Tip shop for my area - http://knoxtransferstation.com.au/?page_id=11
I don't think Op-shops are great they tend not to accept electric goods for safety reasons.
Hard rubbish is gold. Check several council webpages for collection dates if they still do it en masse.
Other good place for free is Freecycle.. https://www.freecycle.org/
Is there a Freecycle group where you live? I've seen people give away things like a carton of milk. Seriously, like "I accidentally bought 2% and I only drink skim." People go crazy for anything free, even shitty half-used art supplies and other junk.
As a fellow UK-based puzzler I'd suggest donating to a locally or nationally run charity shop. They're everywhere, it's just a matter of choosing a cause close to your heart.
You could give them away for free via Gumtree, Pre-Loved, FB Marketplace or - as u/IClappedAlienCheeks suggested - use Freecycle or Freegle, or a similar group operating in your area. You could also consider a charity auction on eBay with 100% of the proceeds going to the charity of your choice (that however requires a bit more effort/time).
Finally, if you have some time on your hands, check your local newspapers/pages - there may be an appeal for puzzles donations (an example from the lockdown days).
You can try listing it on freecycle! I'm not sure if anyone is looking for one but you could at least put it up on the site for a while-- specify that they have to bring moving equipment though. Here's the link https://www.freecycle.org/
Why's that a problem? Grab yourself a capture card while you're there as well and you can turn your VHS into DVD/Digital.
To be honest you could probably just get a free VHS player on FreeCycle from someone who probably has one lying around.
For food savings - consider shopping at Aldi and Lidl. Especially Aldi. I once bought the same weekly basket of goods at Aldi and Sainsbury's and I paid around £20 less at Aldi. Asda is also well priced.
If you buy at Sainsbury's, you might need to plan for several trips per week to scour the discounted food items, as you never know what you will find. Any meat and fish you buy - freeze immediately.
Buy supermarket's own brands for most of what you need (food items, cleaning products etc.). They are way cheaper and usually they are just as good as branded items. Especially at Aldi. Soap, washing liquid, canned tomatoes, butter etc... I'm more than happy with them.
Frozen vegetables are usually cheaper than fresh ones, especially supermarket's own brand. You can buy all the basic vegetables to ensure your meals are delicious and nutritious AND you can buy more for the money. Canned goods are a must, of course. Beans, lentils, are a good source of nutrients and make soups/stews thicker and more filling.
Freecycle is a forum where people give away for free stuff they don't need anymore or ask for stuff they need. You choose your own region, so you receive only emails with offers that are in your borough. You never know what you might get. I've seen baby clothes and books offered, for example. It's pretty rudimentary looking but it does what is supposed to.
Preloved works on the same principle as Freecycle, only it looks more modern and you can see photos of the things offered immediately.
All my best to you and fingers crossed you will make it through this.
Whereabouts are you located?
You might want to look at Freecycle - https://www.freecycle.org/
Goodwill or YMCA are usually good places to check, and local garage sales and flea markets can be a gold mine for stuff like that, too!
Done. But, one point I'd make is that recycling is only a last resort.
Reduce, reuse, repair, respect.
Reuse what you can as often as you can.
Repair your items, such as shoes and other goods that can be repaired, even if America's economy is set up to prefer replacement and to make replacing cheaper. It's not cheaper for the environment.
Respect your possessions and take good care of them so that they last longer and don't need replacement as often.
Then, and only then, recycle what can't be used any further.
Also, for those items you no longer need, consider programs like Freecycle.org that will put your unused possessions in the hands of someone else who will use them instead of buying new items.
I'd put it on Freecycle and watch your front yard turn into a bloody battle field.
OK, you'll probably only see a few slap fights but it'll still be kind of amusing and you'll have it out of your living room.
As reddit goes /r/assistance is fund raising sub.
have you also looked at other charities which work with supporting people moving on from homelessness. think centre point does fair bit. http://centrepoint.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/moving-on
https://www.freecycle.org has uk groups
sometimes local church groups have support for the homeless, but make sure its just charity and not 'you have to join us first or work on our farm' groups.
If you don't get a grant, go to a local pet store and ask for a donation of an aquarium, etc. Businesses get hit up for product donations all the time for school auctions. At least this donation could have a "donated by ABC Pet Supply" sticker on the aquarium for the next 20 years (which parents see at least twice a year). And, of course, you'll pledge to buy your future fish food, etc. at the store.
Secondarily, try a request on Freecycle. And, find every local aquarium seller on Craigslist. Send 'em an e-mail asking that if their aquarium doesn't sell, and they're going to donate it to a thrift store, that they instead donate it to the school.
freecycle is great. You could also just put stuff near the dumpster with a "free" sign and people will probably grab it. Also I don't know where you live but my area has a dozen places that take donations, Goodwill often isn't the only game in town; Salvation army? or google for thrift stores.
You could try Freecycle . The idea is that you list free stuff to give away and people come take it. I gave away a bunch of baby stuff this way. It felt really good to help people directly and not just put it in goodwill or other charity bins.
Try https://www.freecycle.org/, best for second hand furniture, books, materials and bits & bobs . You may not find anything if you need something urgently. But if you have a few weeks to shop around, chances are you'll probably find something if you keep an eye out and your local group is active enough. Note that everything on there is free though and you aren't allowed to charge for stuff.
Once got a really good mattress from there, and the lovely person who gave it to me even delivered it to my place, as I didn't have a car.
I dont know if you have one in your area, but if you just want the furniture removed from the apartment so you dont get charged by the landlord, check out freecycle. Many times people will be willing to haul heavy items down stairs if its free.
Hope everything works out for you and your son.
Check the Goodwill stores. They sell refurbished matresses and box springs (basically take out all the upholstery, put new stuff in with the old springs) for about 200. I got a queen, put it on a futon, and put a thick memory foam topper on it and it suits me fine.
You could also check out https://www.freecycle.org/
You can try on Freecycle they have people giving stuff away all the time, and you can also ask for things, don't know if you'll have any luck or not but it doesn't cost anything so, no loss if you aren't successful.
Go to the grocery store/supermarket/hardware store. Buy a small mirror that is cheaper than a roll of foil. Problem solved.
Or use your camera phone.
Or find a free mirror. People discard or give away mirrors daily. Check the craigslist "free stuff" section or freecycle.
If you really want to repurpose something that's not a mirror, shiny glossy black things work well. Perfectly cleaned glass can work sometimes.
Several suggestions: Give your location more closely, even the city or neighborhood if you are willing. This may get a response from a redditor. (I'm in the *north*east, so I can't pick it up.)
Then there are other sites beside Craigslist (and how long did you have it listed on Craigslist; I have sold stuff there after months of listing). Other sites in the US are FreeCycle https://www.freecycle.org/ and Buy Nothing https://buynothingproject.org/.
Then there are the fundraising charities: Salvation Army, GoodWill, and many others that may be local to you, where you can donate things that others may want. Most of us here haunt those places hoping to get lucky.
Finally, there are civic group rummage sales that take donations, like the Lions Club and various churches.
Special thanks to you for not just throwing them in the trash!
Almost every time I see a headline like "Dog mauls toddler" or whatever, I know one of two scenarios are at play:
Fairly recently this tragedy occurred. I don't give two shits if it was a banned breed or not - you do not "secure" a dog with a speaker and golf bag. FFS....baby gates can be had for free!
Our mutt, who seems OK with kids, would never be left alone. Even ignoring biting, if he turned round and butt-swiped a young child, he'd send them flying. So even without any intent, injury could occur.
You might also check out the tons of random acts subs, /r/RandomActsofMakeup /r/RandomActsOfGaming /r/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon /r/randomactsofamazon /r/randomactsofetsy /r/Random_Acts_of_Books /r/randomactsofbooks etc...
As well as swap reddits
I'd also check out things like craigslist and freecycle
I can't state the utility of this option (I never used it personally), but there is https://www.freecycle.org/town/Barrie and maybe some Facebook groups (I know there are some from my old town, but I haven't joined anything in Barrie yet)
Freecycle is another local “free stuff” website, not unlike the Facebook webpages. People can post free stuff to be given away or things they’re in search of. It’s by city/area. Mine is not very active but it’s always good to keep an eye on!
You could check https://www.freecycle.org/ in your area to see if anyone is giving away any pots; you could also post on there saying you’re looking for some. All sorts of interesting stuff end up on there.
Have a look at Freecycle - there aren’t tons but there might be a group near you! Basically it allows you to list an item and someone else can come and pick it up for free.
At the end of the day though, all our possessions will eventually end up in landfill or compost or similar. It’s good to try and give them as much life as possible, but it’s even better to not buy that item in the first place. Now that you own it it’s too late; if you have exhausted all your donation/reuse/recycling options then sending it to landfill is where it would eventually end up anyway. Better to get it out of the house at that point for your own mental health.
Some churches have Free Clothing, but baby clothes will be hard to come by.
There's this site - they give away everything. Really. https://www.freecycle.org
Probably a best buy on baby blankets would be to buy flannel sheets at the thrift store and then cut them into smaller blankets. They can be used for everything from swaddling a baby to a spit-up cover for the shoulder.
To keep the edges of any cloth from fraying, you can apply clear nail polish to the edges and let it dry. Not as good as a sewn edge, but it'll do.
What if you posted some ads on Craigslist and smilar looking for home sewers who would like to make some baby clothes? I don't mean fancy stuff, but just those zip-up one-piece sleepers so many babies need when it gets cold.
So many retired people would love to do that kind of a thing and maybe JoAnn Fabrics and other fabric stores would even donate the fabric?
The 99 Cent Store in my area doesn't often have baby clothes, but they have a lot of other baby things.
Call the thrift stores and see when their discount days happen. I know one store around here used to have a $0.25 cent day once a week. Everything with a certain color tag was a quarter.
That's another thing retired ladies would enjoy: being the scouting shoppers on these bargain days. Give them $5 per mom and see what they can find on discount days.
The only issue would be having a storage place where they can bring their bargains and donations.
Hi! Maybe try and join freecycle- it’s a community for people trading free things. If all you want is for it to be collected then just advertise it all on there. People will take old sheets for dog bedding etc.
I bet you could get rid of a lot of it that way. Honestly. People will take anything if it’s free, especially British people 😂
Source: am English with Scottish husband.
Also, sometimes if you have a lot of stuff you can call your Council for a collection which they will just take for recycling for you.
Another suggestion would be Freecycle, https://www.freecycle.org/. You can go to the website, see if a group is in your area and post what you are wanting. Most of the people using this site are more environmentally conscious.
It's a bit hit and miss, but join any freecycle groups that are near to you (or just all the ones that you'd be willing to drive to)
e.g. freecycle.org or trashnothing.com
Get EVERYTHING out of containers. Cut them open if you have to. Use a little vegetable or olive oil to coax viscous liquid foods out.
Something like this is really helpful for chopping up vegetables and fruit FAST, making it easier to make your own food, especially helpful with batch-cooking or if you tend to find cooking tiring.
Most of these tips aren't going to help you until you get out of college. You are still learning how life works, and a lot of unpredictable things are going to come up. It's a process. Mistakes will be made. Be kind to yourself. It's OK to use safety nets (e.g., parents) when you need them.
Booze is mad expensive. Limit it or cut it - if I'm going to drink wine, I tend to mix wine with a little fruit juice. I limit my booze consumption outside the house - not only because it's marked up so much, but because intoxication also leads to poor decision-making, and additional unforeseen expenses.
It can sometimes be helpful to physically separate cash when budgeting - sorting actual bills into different envelopes, for instance.
Edit: Ahhh, they keep coming
*Freecycle. Also, you may be eligible for food banks or SNAP. Check it out. Many young adults are. Oh! And coops/farmer's markets/ethnic markets for produce. You usually have to cook or eat these right away, though, so it may not make sense unless you are batchcooking that same day.
What's the reason for not wanting to buy new pants? You could buy 'new to you' pants for very little money at Goodwill. They regularly have days where everything is 1/2 price. Clothing swaps are another good way to get free clothes by trading your current clothes. Or check to see if there is a Freecycle network group in your area if you're looking for totally free pants. Some churches and charities also have free clothes closets for people in need.
When I had a mattress to get rid of (I was living in St. Louis at the time) I listed in on Freecycle. It was gone in days and the whole thing felt a lot less skeevy than craigslist. The man who took the mattress was a social worker trying to furnish an apartment for a client.
$100 a month for cell phone is very high. Check out low cost options like Republic wireless. I put my mom on that and she pays $25 a month for all the data and calls she needs. Use publicly available wifi as much as possible, and only pay for what you need beyond that.
I agree with others here - don't buy furniture. There's so much free stuff out there. Try https://www.freecycle.org. Pay off debt with that money instead. If you want furniture save up for it after paying off your credit cards, and then buy it after you've saved. All you really need right now is a mattress and a few free dressers or shelves.
If I was a poor student I would buy a brand new mattress, and put it directly on the floor.. Then take time finding all the free or next to nothing 2nd hand furniture. In the future if you come by some surplus cash you can slowly upgrade whatever you have.
Freecycle is a good one https://www.freecycle.org/browse/AU/Victoria (free item trading)
No car, then ask ppl on Ebay, gumtree, or freecycle if they can deliver for small fee. or find some willing Uni friends which you will surely have.
Uni notice boards would be a good source too, as alot of international students will probably have fire sales when leaving and would generally have newish stuff.
The free cycle network can be excellent. You join up via email and people give stuff away if they can't use it. You can fnd some great stuff there. Just need to select your location for join up
Since you're moving out for the first time, it's probably not a good idea to buy all new furniture unless you have the money laying around. You'll probably be moving a couple more times in the next few years, so new furniture will just get dinged up in the process.
If you have the time and a decent sized car (or friend with a truck/SUV?), try looking on Craigslist for free furniture and curb alerts.
There's also the Freecycle Network. Highly recommended.
You can find some pretty good furniture if you check often. When you move, you can just leave them for someone else or put a post up on CL. That way you save money on moving costs on top of everything else.
Edit: I assume you'll be renting.
Edit1: Oops, I didn't see that you checked CL already. Try the Freecycle Network.
Edit2: Flea markets is another option. Also keep your eyes open during trash days. End of school year when college student are moving out is a good time to go furniture hunting.
Oh, I forgot about Freecycle - I don't know how active that still is, but might be worth a shot if you've got a car/whatever (or can borrow one).
There's a bunch for Sydney-ish area.
Do you mean the knowledge texts that up the skill? If so, I mean, I'm not saying it would be a good idea to do things that go against the laws in your player-region but COUGH COUGH /whisper <em>there are methods</em>.
Beyond that, yes, direct trading is extremely useful. Craiglist is a player-run auction house that most people know of. Another good place is Freecycle, which is an auction house with an emphasis on charging no gold; you merely trade direct items, rather than money, which can be useful on a tight budget.
Freecycle is a world wide network of people keeping stuff out of the landfill and helping others by advertising stuff that they are giving away for free. I got a really nice couch for nothing last year through my local freecycle group. Here is the link.
Do you know about Freecycle?
It's a local email list for offering or requesting items for free. Household items are posted all day long.
Large furniture like beds and entertainment centers are posted for free constantly, because people can't take them when they move. People may be able to help deliver if you can't drive. Worth looking into.
try freecycle.org - I have posted plenty of my son's outgrown clothes on there, so you might give it a try
first you'll have to post an offer, which can even be moving boxes, for example, then you can post your "wanted" post
Free cycle is a great way to give furniture to someone who will actually use it! Just post your items, someone generally will respond really quickly and you can set up a pick up day/time.
Surplus Cornell equipment that individuals can purchase will show up at the Public Auction site linked from this page: "ReUSE | Facilities and Campus Services" https://fcs.cornell.edu/departments/facilities-management/r5-operations/reuse
There's usually a lag after they receive materials because it's usually offered for Cornell department use first.
You can also check out the Ithaca Freecycle group or try Craigslist. "Freecycle: Ithaca Group" https://www.freecycle.org/town/IthacaNY
You can use insulated fridge bags and ice, you're going to make a mess but shouldn't lose much.
Be careful if you pry any ice off as you can do damage.
As it stands if you don't get the fridge cooler you're going to lose food or end up with food poisoning. I suggest getting it done sooner rather than later, someone might be able to lend you an esky or you could find one for free on Melbourne freecycle. You can also ask supermarkets for the foam containers they receive fresh food in, they are basically a polystyrene foam box, a cheap esky. It's better than nothing.
I'm sure someone local will want your landscaping stones.
I got a bunch of broken cinderblocks and broken bricks from my neighbors on FreeCycle. I needed them to fill in a french drain I built. It was just rubbish to them but it was perfect for my needs.
There used to be a "free-cycle" listserv that was pretty active. So active that I ended up getting out of it due to volume of email it generated.
Looks like it's still around. No idea how active it is. https://www.freecycle.org/town/ColumbiaMO/info
Reduce the number of trips. Carry more waste per trip. You can get 5 gallon bucks for free from most restaurants if you ask. Firehouse subs sells 5 gallon buckets for $3. Cat litter coms in airtight pails. Meijier brand 40 lb cat litter buckets hold a lot of scraps. Ask someone who has a cat or check https://www.freecycle.org/
In the US, I think there is freecycle but I haven't used it in 10 years, so I don't know how well it works anymore.
In many places, there are associations for Local trades which is a great way to give away stuff you don't need and ask for things or help when you need them. I've had good success with this and made new friends :)
Now I'm in France and I use GEEV every now and then and people are generally respectful and reliable.
Have you checked with any local nurseries? Also check your local Dollar Tree and other dollar stores. It's kinda late but they might have some spring planting seasonal stuff left. Like another poster suggested try Walmart and walmart.com I've seen my local Walmart carrying the starter trays and other stuff. But again this seems seasonal. I know they have them available online.
I know some hot pepper growers swear by starting their plants in solo cups and then putting them in their final pot/container or the ground when they need a new pot.
Oh I almost forgot, you can try posting on the https://www.freecycle.org/ for your local area. Someone might have some for you for free.
> It's all I got man. It is what it is.
Then you make do, brother. Culture must be shared or it dies in Oblivion.
Keep your eyes peeled for a proper PC with a monitor, though: https://www.freecycle.org/
Great work .
freecycle is similar to buy nothing ( I know it works in UK and US , don’t know about elsewhere . Although I know the NYC one is currently on hold , it should be back online once lockdown starts easing up ).
Look at Freecycle: https://www.freecycle.org/ and on places like Craigslist, in the free ads.
Post about things you're looking for at Freecycle. As long as you're not too far out from the city, some people might even deliver what you need.
You can also try: https://www.freecycle.org/
Some items are in great condition, where people just don't want the hassle of trying to sell their old items.
I'd worry about trashed furniture infested with bedbugs... 🙀
Check out Freecycle.org. Join the main Toronto group and maybe smaller groups closest to you. Furniture is offered pretty regularly.
If I had a bike spare I'd give it to you! Not sure if this has been mentioned but freecycle may be an option, people may list a bike on there or you can say you are looking for one. Everything must be given away free. https://www.freecycle.org
Can I also Suggest Freecycle people give away the stuff they don't want, fridges, cookers, freezers you name it, they pop up all the time. And its broken down by each area you live in so local for pickup!
Other options if you think anyone could potentially use said junk ;) :
1) You could donate it to Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. They resell the donations of used furniture, appliances, fixtures etc. to the public and proceeds go to the local Habitat for Humanity. I believe you can just drop the stuff off at their stores, there is one at Appleby and Upper Middle: https://www.habitathm.ca/restore.
2) You could also offer it online on a site like freecycle, a non-profit recycling group where people offer/request items for free:
Rule # 9. No links to freebie sites
This site isn't even up to date, as the one link I clicked on (Recycle The World) doesn't seem to be active anymore. If anyone is interested in a similar site, Freecycle allows users to give away unwanted items or make requests for needed items.
You will have a very difficult time selling that stuff because it's essentially worthless. Before you go down the selling route, think about how much you stand to earn from the time you would invest in selling it all. Is it worth it to post pictures, field calls, and go meet with someone to sell them a DVD for $1?
When you're ready to let it all go, check out FreeCycle. That stuff will be gone today or tomorrow. Very few people might be willing to pay for all of your old electronics, but plenty of people will take it for free.
Will you and your girlfriend be getting a deposit back? Household goods are readily available and pretty cheap, if you are willing to get them used from places like Goodwill. You can also check for free stuff on Freecycle: https://www.freecycle.org if there is one in your area.
The easiest housing to find in your situation is a room in someone else's apartment or house, I think, based on my own experience.
It's a grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods. It's all about reuse and keeping good stuff out of landfills.
Are they like the old-school, big, heavy, CRT displays? If you have any high quality TVs like the Sony Wega you may be able to sell them for a few bucks to retro gamers. Otherwise, you're probably not going to find any takers, in fact it's likely you'll have to pay a disposal fee to get rid of them. You could try Freecycle first.
I would not consider moving unless you had 3-6 months of living expenses saved along with enough money to return to Toronto if you end up being unsuccessful.
There is a Freecycle network in London that you can use for finding free stuff. Gumtree was already mentioned so I won't mention that again. There are Facebook sale groups for London and you can often find free stuff on there. (As an aside, your proposal to trade clothing for food might be putting the cart before the horse because you'll probably arrive in the UK with 2-4 suitcases containing your life and not much unwanted stuff.)
Since you are starting your researching now, I wouldn't stay in hostels while you are looking for a job -- you are better off finding a temporary roommate situation.
If you have not done so already, I highly recommend that you visit /r/London and ask your three questions there.
Hey, I dont have a camera to give you but, I can give you some advice.
You might want to try to build something like This
And as for the camera...
You should take a look at Freecycle
And go on Craigslist and search for 'camera'. You might find something that is free or Cheap.
If my post helps, please respond. Thanks!
May your mother rest in peace
I've used the local group (both for getting rid of old stuff and finding some neat stuff) and it's reasonably active.
It's a great idea, but sounds like you're reinventing the wheel? Good luck, whatever you decide!
"The Freecycle Network™ is made up of 5,286 groups with 9,115,868 members around the world. It's 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. Each local group is moderated by local volunteers (them's good people). Membership is free. To sign up, find your community by entering it into the search box above or by clicking on 'Browse Groups' above the search box. Have fun!"
I wish I had something to send, but at least I can recommend that you check out The Freecycle Network, which can be a great place to find people giving away various things for free in your area. I've also found a lot of fitness equipment and kitchen gadgets at church rummage sales. Best of luck to you, and bravo on your commitment to fitness!
No, actually - it also reduces the scarcity of paying others to rid one of perfectly good things....
...but, engineering post-scarcity is the only reasonable economic good, and it probably becomes a lot neater and more pervasive post-scarcity. :)
They're both groups that are about the "gift economy" so you give and get things freely instead of having money or even bartering.
I find the Buy Nothing Project way more useful, because it is local (and I don't currently have a car, and even when I did, driving across town was a hassle). Because there are fewer people, there's also less competition for the really popular items. It looks like Milwaukee has two groups so pick the one that you belong in.
Freecycle is the older group. My local group is still on Yahoo! Groups, so it's more of a pain to use. I used it a lot to get rid of things but didn't really get a lot of things, mostly because I didn't like traveling.
I know several people who have their own budget challenges (e.g. don't buy anything new for 2016--okay to replace broken/worn out items). And they get new-to-them things by waiting patiently on Buy Nothing/Freecycle groups.
I've gotten a really nice desk, some kitchen tools, a wheelbarrow, several gag gifts for Christmas, etc on there. But I'm really picky so I don't like using other people's bedding. Plus, we live in a really small space, so I can't really afford to take everything I want. However, people do give away really nice duvet/sheets/towels as well. They also give away services, booze, etc. I saw several food processors go by and even an iPad in the last week (but they were really popular so you just have to be zen about not getting it). It's a really fun thing to just sort of hang out and see what people give away.
Craigslist is a good way. But you HAVE to put in your location and indicate that you will only sell to people in the area and in cash. That should limit down the annoying buyers outside your scope.
https://www.freecycle.org/ is a great site for giving things away. Of course, Good Will and secondhand stores will love you.
If you have a lot of bulk items in packages, maybe look for another family-owned store nearby? You could offer to sell them for a low price, thus getting a little cash and helping local businesses.
Second the Craigslist suggestion, and also sign up for Freecycle. I constantly see people giving away furniture and other household items on my local network, and I have done so in the past.
Freecycle is another thing where people are always giving away really quite good (for the time) CRT TVs for free. Just make sure you go with a friend if you're picking up a TV over 28" as they can be super-heavy as fuck.
Not sure how active it is in your area, but https://www.freecycle.org/ is a great resource for new parents!
Definitely don't let that Dad-to-be go to a classic baby store- I worked at one for years and the prices are ridiculous, but new parents think they're just doing what they have to do! The truth is that you can get a lot of great stuff for free/cheap from other parents because kids grow out of stuff so fast. Also if he wants to get hardcore it's not too hard to learn how to sew which could save him a ton on baby clothes.
If there is a branch of usedeverywhere in your city, post it on that under the "Free" section. Describe accurately the contents, which have been opened, how much is left, etc. Also you could join the mailing list freecycle . I see stuff like this, opened makeup, food, animal food, etc all the time on freecycle.
https://www.freecycle.org/ is a great site to post up the items youre giving away for free. The NYC one is pretty active and users get the email of the contents youre giving away right into their inbox.
I'm sure you can pick up an old PC for free somewhere that's already running Windows 98. They're worth nothing now and people will be happy not to have to take them to the tip. Does your local area have a Freecycle group? Or try the local classifieds.
see how many freecycle groups are within a reasonable driving distance from you and join them and ask for one. there are surely several sitting in the closets not too far from y'all.
also put an ad on Craig's list.
Good luck to you both! :) Moving is one of the top ten most unpleasant things to do haha.
Sell any extra items that you have and don't need at a yard sale or flea market (hop onto craigslist and research any yard sales going on in your are and ask if you can join in!) Also, try to sell those things on craigslist or ebay if you can't sell via a yard sale. There's also a great thing called Free Cycle which is a great way to obtain some free things as though as there's a free cycle for your area!
Make me rich dang it!
This is a stab in the dark, it may or may not get you one but it's free... freecycle to be precise. You basically post a wanted notice and if someone has one, they will leave it out for you to take for free. This is the Melbourne one but there's a list for each state.
I recently became active again on FreeCycle Charlottesville which had been a Yahoo group but is now hosted here. I thought it had broken, but it works again.
Have a look on freecycle.org, there are free bikes that pop up on there regularly, and posts such as this one.