Being unemployed and pregnant, I have to really watch what I spend at the moment. Having a baby is expensive, not only with medical bills but with all the stuff that a baby needs.

Things that we needed were a crib, baby clothes, changing table, etc. Everything adds up. So I was on a mission to find free, gently used, baby stuff.

The first place that I turned to was Freecycle.org. It’s a nonprofit network of local Yahoo groups in your community, where you can post stuff you want to pass on or want. The purpose of Freecycle is to keep perfectly good stuff out of landfills.

What’s great about Freecycle is that the members are local, so you don’t have to drive far to pick up something that someone wants to pass on. Plus, you get a daily email digest of stuff people are giving away or want. Then you can contact the person to make arrangements.

Using Freecycle, I was able to get a barely used Ikea crib and a baby car seat. People give away everything under the sun.

It’s also a great way to get rid of stuff that may be difficult to sell. For example, the crib we got had stickers on it, which is not a big deal, but that’s why it’s free.

Find your local group at Freecycle.org. Once you are approved by the moderator, you can start looking through the forums and sign up for the daily email digest.

When you find something you want, be sure to contact that person right away. Good stuff goes fast!

This article was included in this week’s Festival of Frugality hosted by Spruce Up Your Finances.

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