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If you live in a metropolitan area of the U.S., or a major metropolitan area elsewhere in the world, odds are there's a local Craigslist and a Freecycle group. One of Craigslist's areas (under "for sale") is for listing things being offered for free; that's what Freecycle's all about.

I spoke earlier about how clutter costs time and energy, and how one frugal activity is clearing out clutter. These resources are a great way to do that in a way that lets your old things be of use to someone.

And, of course, they can be a great way for you to find useful things for yourself. The perfectly nice metal 4-drawer filing cabinet I have at home was courtesy of free stuff on Craigslist.

I'll warn that, in my experience, people who agree to pick up stuff for free often simply don't show up. Be prepared, and offer it to the next respondent.

And beware taking things you don't really need because it seemed like such a bargain to get it for free. That way lies clutter.

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