Free Stuff

A lot of people give away their superfluous stuff with pleasure. They're doing this because it's a shame to throw away good things, or because they prefer to give away than to ask for money. Often people give away things that are not worth enough in their eyes, but they like to make others happy with it.

Rich people giving away free stuff

Rich people often have too much stuff. So much that they're happy to get rid of it, even for free. A lot of rich folks just put their stuff out in the street, others post it on Facebook, Craigslist or networks specifically for free stuff. If you're looking for free stuff from rich people there are plenty ways.

Networks for people giving away free stuff

How to find people and the stuff they're giving away? On the internet there are various places for free stuff.

  • Freecycle is widely known and works through email lists

If you're in the Netherlands, you want to check this article in Dutch.

Do you know any others? Please let us know.

Free food

Food is also a form of stuff. We have written a complete article about getting free food. It has tips ranging from dumpster diving to growing your own food and asking around at restaurants. Good stuff.

Other tips for free stuff

  • There are many local Facebook groups for people who are giving away stuff. You can also try to post a request there. Search for example for "free stuff".
  • Instead of owning stuff yourself you can also ask your neighbors if you can borrow stuff from them. You can ask personally but there are also networks to enable sharing stuff such as Peerby and (in Dutch).

Fixed locations for free stuff

  • In a give-away-shop you can find a lot of free things. People take stuff there to give it away for free.
  • Big trash: In Amsterdam and some other cities it's easy to find good stuff in the street. Check your local trash collection days.

free stuff
Above image comes from the Dutch Mug Magazine Mei 2013. In this specific Mug there's an interesting background article about free stuff.

Further reading

Car sharing

No money to buy a car? Be glad, because without a car you have fewer problems. You could try car sharing instead. Car sharing is a global trend and it can be a pretty good option besides public transport or even hitchhiking. Car sharing is a relatively good solution for saving money. Sharing a car without money is only possible if you're driving a sponsored car or if you have a friend who lets you use their car.

Find Edible Plants

Fruit such as strawberries, apples and raspberries don't have to come from a supermarket. You can find it in your street, a park or a forest near you. You can reap this food relatively often. And except fruit there are also chestnuts, dandelions, wild herbs and a lot more.