What’s the best deal or freebie you’ve ever scored? I rounded up a list of amazing stories from my frugal friends at WalletPop.com, where I also blog, for a show down. The list (see full stories by clicking on the link above) ranges from a $20 diamond ring to a free spa weekend worth $6,000! Other WalletPoppers scavenged an antique Art Deco stained glass window, a $7 scanner on Black Friday, and 25% off the price of a New York City apartment!
Here are a few of our readers’ best scores!
Freecycle.org Freebie – Christina Ellis said, “I am a Scrapbooker who loves to find supplies that people are giving away Free on Freecycle.org and similar sites/groups. There was an avid scrapbooker who had spent 1000s of dollars on Scrapbooking Supplies and was downsizing (from a large home to a small one bedroom). She gave away a total of 11 boxes of scrapbooking supplies to me over the course of a month. Included in one of these boxes was a shoebox full of Cricut cartridges (approximately 20 of them) – brand new each would be worth around $40 a piece.”
Lesson: Freecycle.org is amazing! Have you ever used it? I love Freecycle.org because it allows you to connect with members of your community to score incredible freebies. One of my friends was able to snag a free television from freecycle. What beats that?! Using freecycle is easy. You just create a login and enter your city and town to find a group near you. Then, you can offer and request items. If you’re looking for a new couch, baby clothes, or whatever else you may need request it in the group. Moving out of state quickly and need to get rid of things fast? Post your items for donation. This is a great system to reduce waste and reuse items….and obviously to score impressive freebies!
Thrift Store Steal – Paolina said, “I scored a silk Oscar de la Renta blouse brand new with tags that retails for a whopping $195.00 (per the price tag) at my local salvation army for $6.99, plus 25% off for a grand total of: $5.25! That is my most prized purchase that I love to brag about”
Lesson: Thrift stores have hidden treasures. When I was younger my cousin bought all her clothes at Salvation Army. While they weren’t all designer steals like Paolina’s, she was able to find practically new clothes for a fraction of the price. You never know what you’ll find, so it’s worth taking a look.