Save money by getting free stuff from your neighbors in groups without buying anything
If you want to save money while connecting to your community, you should join a No Purchase Group. It’s exactly what it says on the box: a group of neighbors with their own gift economy. You can join a Facebook group or even a community on NextDoor or other apps. Tap or click here to learn how Nextdoor and other apps help you sell your old, used or even broken technology.
In a no-purchase group, neighbors pass around objects they no longer use. Suppose you bought a device that you no longer use and you don’t want to bother selling it yourself. You can walk up to a group without buying anything and ask, “Would anyone like to pick this up?”
That way someone can walk by and take it out of your hands. You can also grab fantastic freebies for any project you need. No-purchase groups are convenient, economical, and help declutter your home.
How to join a group without purchase
Fortunately, you can join the Buy Nothing project wherever you are. The official organization spread all over the world.
There are several ways to start. First, you can download the app on iOS or Android and sign in with a Gmail account. You can react to posts, send private messages, and upload photos and videos to show off what you have to offer through the app. It is free to use, although it comes with advertisements.
If you don’t want to download the app, you can head to Facebook, Nextdoor or another social media platform. Sometimes they’re on Reddit, Discord, or Slack, but you’ll have better luck on Facebook or Nextdoor. Here’s how to find and join your local group without purchase.
Follow these steps
First, open the app or website you are searching on. Next, head to the search box and type don’t buy anything as well as your town or city. Find the one closest to you.
If there are no No Buy groups in your area, search for nearby groups. You can also create your own group, but that requires a bit of moderation work. You will need to make sure that other users follow the rules and stay up to date on the forum. If you don’t want to worry about moderation, join the group closest to you.
When you apply to join a group, you may need to answer a few questions before group leaders can approve your membership. You may need to enter your age to confirm you are an adult or enter your location.
Now that you’re in the group, you’ll see three different types of messages:
- Gift items: This is when someone publishes articles that they want to give away. It can be anything from furniture and books to food or kitchen gadgets. If you are interested, just leave a comment.
- Request Messages: It’s when someone needs something. So if you’re looking for baby clothes, you can create demand and find someone in your community who’s looking to donate what you want.
- messages of gratitude: These are photos posted by people who have received gifts. They are meant to boost community morale and show that donations are being used wisely. For example, if someone gives you baby clothes, you can post your little one wearing their new outfit with the caption “Thank you! »
Sometimes people donate items on a first-come, first-served basis. Others prefer to choose a person at random. If someone is having trouble deciding on a recipient, they may ask you a few questions about why you want the item they are offering.
Once you’re ready, you can start getting free items, donating your unused items, and connecting with people near you. Circular donation economies are a great way to reduce Covid-induced waste and isolation. Share your successes on Twitter, Facebook or the Komando community!
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