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Sites like Craigslist and Freecycle are great resources for finding deals, Hamm writes.
I have a large handful of tools that were given to me by someone onÂ Freecycle. They cost me nothing.
A few years ago, I found a keyboard onÂ Freecycle, one I used to help myself learn how to play the piano a bit. It cost nothing.
The internet is a powerful place to find person-to-person sales and sharing, and those two sites are at the vanguard of it.
All of us have lists of things weâd like to have. Itâs a pretty poor financial choice to simply go buy these things, and any sensible person wonât just go out there and start spending.
Instead, theyâre patient. They wait for the right opportunity to find these things. Theyâll barter if the chance comes up, or they might even pay a few dollars, but they wonât pay a whole lot.
Sure, often these items are used, but you have the ability to inspect them before you buy them. In my experience, most of the stuff listed is either of good quality or you can tell by the description that thereâs something less than stellar about the item.
I often watch Craigslist and Freecycle for those few things that Iâm looking for (right now, for example, Iâm looking for a low-cost wall-mounted shelf for a few books). Once every few days, Iâll stop in and browse the new entries for my area and, if something matches, Iâll inquire about it.
The key is toÂ be picky and stick with stuff youâre actually looking for thatâs at a low cost.Â Most of the entries are completely irrelevant to me. A few more might be of interest, but they either cost too much or thereâs something about the item that rules it out. I look for the few remaining items and those are the ones I chase after.
Let Craigslist and Freecycle be a part of your routine, particularly when thereâs something you need that has a low urgency about it. These sources will often connect you to that item at a surprisingly low cost without leaving the convenience of your home.
This post is part of a yearlong series called â365 Ways to Live Cheap (Revisited),â in which Iâm revisiting the entries from my book â365 Ways to Live Cheap,â which is availableÂ at AmazonÂ and at bookstores everywhere.Â