Throughout my life, I have been blessed with a lot of free things.
Here are some tips to help you find the things that you want or need for free.
Don’t be afraid to dumpster dive
If you see something on the curb side for the trash man, it’s free game. Some towns even have days where they put things out on the curb side specifically so that neighbors can have their pick of free stuff. We have friends and family that have gotten bookshelves, grills, vacuum cleaners, and mirrors all for free. Don’t be afraid to dumpster dive for free stuff.
Use social media to find free stuff
Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist both have sections of free things. Writing a post about needing free stuff is a great idea too. For example: “Hey guys! Does anyone have old canning jars laying around that they would like to get rid of?“ You will be surprised at how much stuff people have that they may just need a nudge to get rid of. Social media is a great place to get free things.
Be willing to clean up after people for free stuff
Do you know someone that has had a garage sale recently? Maybe they need help cleaning up. Maybe they are willing to give you the leftover stuff for free if you will help remove it. Do you know someone that has recently had a loved one pass away? Maybe they need help after the estate sale to get rid of things that were not sold. Do you know someone that is downsizing? They may be willing to give you free stuff instead of lugging it all to a thrift store.
Do you need building materials for a project around the house or garden? Maybe you have a friend that owns a construction company that could use some help on the clean up crew. It may be easier to give you free leftovers than to take the materials to a dump. And who wants to see good free stuff to go a land fill?
Be willing to take more than you bargained for
Sometimes in order to get free stuff, you’re gonna have to take some things that you didn’t necessarily want. It is worth getting all of the unwanted stuff if you end up with just one thing that you needed or wanted. You can always take the remainder to a local thrift store. Or maybe someone you know needs something for free too! Pass the blessings along. Other people like free stuff as well.
Bartering is a great way to get free stuff
What skills do you have that you could trade do get stuff for free? Maybe you are a great baker. Maybe you do hair. Maybe you have a plow on the front of your truck. Can you trade some homemade bread for three dozen eggs? Can you give a few hair cuts for a massage? Can you plow a driveway for two bottles of kombucha? These are great ways to get things for free.
Be willing to ask for free stuff
Let people know that you have a need. One example is that if you want to start making kombucha you may want to ask for some free stuff. Do you know a bar tender that would be willing to give you empty liquor bottles? Ask. Do you know someone that works at a deli that might have empty 1 gallon glass jars? Ask. Does someone you know have a Goodwill pile that looks like it might have some cool stuff in it? Ask.
We have gotten some amazing free things from simply asking. My very first french enamel ware dutch oven was from a friend’s Goodwill pile.
Do you know someone that has beautiful perennial beds or house plants? Often these plants need to be divided. Ask if you can have some starts for free.
Be willing to ask and you will be surprised how many people will be willing to respond. You have to be bold and humble all in the same breath.
There is power in asking!