Although we all appreciate a good shopping spree, you won’t find anything else better than getting something you want for free. That is why you should be smart enough to turn the “freeconomy” to your advantage. Here we list some of the most reliable websites, apps, and organisations where you can literally get something for nothing. Use these money-saving tips to revel in the thrill of the “freeconomy.”
Freecycle.org is a huge network of Yahoo Message Boards where more than 9-million people across the globe donate items that they no longer use. You should join the local group and start participating in the process. You should opt-in to receive email alerts when new items are added to the board. You can post a message titled “Wanted Item” in case you are looking for something specific. Don’t forget to give details about the item that you are searching for. Ilovefreegle.org is a similar website. On the other hand, apps such as Snaply (a free iOS and Android app) will let you register your need with a quick tap.
Check Out the Classifieds
There are more than 100,000 daily ads posted on Gumtree.com, but the majority of these are for profits. But there are freebie gems also among these ads. Make sure that you register your search within a quarter of a mile from your hometown to make the best use of the site. Preloved.co.uk has a sector dedicated to free items. It also has an iPhone app to allow people to message advertisers and save favourites for later. You may also try Freeads.co.uk for this purpose.
If you have items such as electric drills and DVDs, which you use only occasionally, streetbank.com is a good website to save some money. You should first sign up with the site and pick an item that you can lend. Next, put in your postcode and see what your neighbours have to offer. Swapz.co.uk is a website where people trade most of the items such as phones, films, and many other items for items of the same value. Readitswapit.co.uk is a site that lets you choose books to swap for the price of a stamp. On the other hand, Swapaholicsuk.com is a site that organises clothes swapping events. You have to pay £5 to attend. But you have the ability to swap unlimited items.
You should identify your marketable skills first – whether you can teach A-Level French or manoeuver Snapchat. If you need help with a particular type of skill, you should search sites such as swapaskill.com, skillbound.com, or u-exchange.com and see if you can find anyone to swap the skill sets. If you require something fixed, check repaircafe.org/en where you can find a volunteer to help fix anything from laptops to zips.
Eating For Free
Seven-million tons of food and drinks are thrown away every year. Leftoverswap.com and olioex.com are two apps that will let you know where there is extra food in your area – whether it is from your favourite cafe or local individuals. Therealjunkfoodproject.org is a junk food project that creates meals from foods that overlay in groceries and supermarkets.
There is a huge amount of people who just love getting free samples in the post using UK freebie sites. Sites like WOW Free Stuff offer everything from free perfume to makeup to food and drink samples. Check them out to help your Monday Blues.