When shopping for great prices, there isn’t much that’s better than free. I’m not talking about “buy-one, get-one-free.” I’m not talking about “free kid’s meal with purchase of an adult entrée.” I’m talking about the big free. The one that doesn’t cost you a dime.
Whether you’re looking for books, furniture or toys, there is an opportunity to get it free in our local community without spending any of your hard earned cash. Just turn your attention to your local freecycling team located right here in Bloomington-Normal.
So what is freecycling? Freecycling is a new movement that takes recycling to the next level by providing a venue to encourage the reuse and exchange of goods, for free. The concept is simple. Freecycling decribes a process where one person gives away usable but unwanted items to another person instead of disposing of them in landfills.
The idea of freecycling was founded in 2003 in Arizona by a group of friends who were tired of watching perfectly good items being thrown away. The group started with an e-mail exchange group and eventually morphed into an online community spanning 85 countries. According to the Freecycle Network, the groups’ efforts save 500 tons a day from wasting away in landfills.
To participate in freecycling, start by visiting freecycle.org. Next, find your local organization. For Bloomington-Normal residents, look for the McLean County Freecycle group. Finally, sign up to participate.
Once you’re signed up, you can visit your local Freecycle Network to look for free goods being offered by fellow members. You can also post items you want to give away or post a “wanted” notice to let other members know you are looking for a specific item.
Typical freecycle offers may include books, household items, firewood, clothing or toys. But don’t be surprised if you see cell phones, televisions and computers on the list.
When you’re out looking for the best bargain town, remember there’s no better bargain than free. And when it comes to free, there’s no better way to find free stuff with no strings attached than to check out freecycle.org.