We have all struggled with money at one point or another. Throw kids into the mix and you have a whole new category of expenses going out the door every single month. Sure, there are tons of thrift stores, but what if you could find what you needed from your fellow neighbors for FREE? That’s why I’m telling you about this fantastic project called Buy Nothing.
I have not been asked or solicited to promote The Buy Nothing Project. It has merely been a huge help with my family.
What Is Buy Nothing?
All of us are constantly looking for ways to save money. When a mom friend told me about this group, I was skeptical. There are a few online sources I look through to purchase used items, but each one of them has presented either a scam (hello Craigslist – no thank you!) or other terrible experiences (OfferUp).
But as soon as I joined my local Buy Nothing group, I was amazed at the generosity of my neighbors gifting furniture, used or new clothing, random baby supplies, books, and about anything and everything you can think of – all for free!
“Buy Nothing Groups = Random Acts of Kindness All Day Long” –Buy Nothing Project
Buy Nothing is broken up into cities or neighborhoods (depending on the area) and is worldwide. All you need to do is search Facebook or check The Buy Nothing Project locations on their website. If a group exists in your area, just send a join request on Facebook, and you’re in!
How Does It Work?
Here is how it works:
- People post items they no longer need in the Facebook group.
- Anybody who is interested in being gifted the item posts a comment to be considered.
- The giver will then select a recipient, and that’s it!
The way the giver chooses the recipient (most use a random number generator or pull a name out of a hat) and the amount of time the giver provides for people to show interest is entirely up to them. If you are chosen for the item, you merely PM (private message through Facebook Messenger) the giver for pickup information and timing.
And if you have anything you are about to donate or throw out, you can post the item(s) to see if anybody is interested in taking it/them off your hands – I have rarely seen an item with absolutely nobody responding with interest (even lawn mowers in need of work and broken furniture some may up-cycle to something new).
Gifting items is always met with so much gratitude, no matter how big or small the gift may be. In this group, I also feel much more secure that I will not be scammed, and I have had very few less than great experiences (except for disappointment when I am not selected for something I would have really loved to receive).
In my group, I have been selected to be gifted furniture, lamps, clothes (toddler, maternity, women’s and men’s), baby items (play mat and toys), a rice cooker, fruit and vegetable juicer, cookie press, art supplies, shoes (women’s and toddler), books (board books and others) and others. I make sure to pass it on by either re-gifting the items I was gifted after I am no longer in need of them or when I have something I no longer use.
My Buy Nothing group is broken down into about a three mile radius since there is so much interest in my area (which is very nice for travel time). Although I can’t guarantee the quality or amount of involvement for every group, I know that I am very grateful to my mom friend for sharing that this project existed. Feel free to check for a Buy Nothing group near you!