Don’t Throw It Away!

Don’t’ Throw it Away!

Every Thursday, in our neighborhood, is bulk trash day. I always see so many things that could be donated or reused. I’ve seen couches, chairs, toys, bikes even a punching bag. All of theses items “looked” in good shape. I don’t inspect them, unless it looks like something I need or want, but I often wonder why theses things are not being donated to a local charity.

There are other ways to get rid of unwanted items without throwing them in the trash and filling up our landfills.

Join Freecycle. Here you give away for free what you have and don’t need and you receive for free what you need, but don;t have. There are local freecycle groups everywhere.

List items on Craigslist. There is a section on Craigslist that lists items you want to get rid of for free or you can find items for free too!

Find a new use for the item. Can it be repainted or used for something else. A neighbor has a baby’s changing table in their garage to store thing on.( It’s been there for at least 8 years!)

My family actually has a yard sale three or four times a year and whatever doesn’t sell, we load it up and take it straight to our local Goodwill.

So don’t throw it away – give it away, donate it or reuse it.

(I wanted to share my guest post on Frugal Coupon Living I did last month)


I'm a mother of 2 who likes to get involved in too much! Besides writing here I started a non-profit, I'm on the PTO board, very active in my community and volunteer in the school. I enjoy music, reading, cooking, traveling and spending time with my family. We just adopted our 3rd cat and love them all!

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  1. Margaret aka: Fact Woman says:

    I love freecycle and Craigslist. For safety, I always try to meet people at a different public location than my house, if the item isn't too big that is.

  2. Night Owl Mama says:

    I so agree! I love free cycle and have been meaning to post my crib on Craigslist for a few weeks now
    thanks for the reminder

  3. Anonymous says:

    Freecycle is a great idea; however, it is no longer grassroots. The organization has been taken over by a BOD of 3 people in the USA.

    Therefore, the organization has developed many corporate imposed rules, some of which do not work for all areas. Smme of the rules are very restrictive now on what you can post and what you can ask for.

    For a more grassroots, community owned and operated ecycling group, please check out The ReUseIt Network.

    At ReUseIt all groups are 100% community owned and operated, which means that every group reflects and allows what works in that community.

    For a more relaxed approached, please join the ReUseIt Network at

  4. Stuff could always be worse says:

    Glad for the info, thanks