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Frugal but Warm Fuzzy Generous Feeling

December 4th, 2008 at 09:16 am

Joy!

I 'got rid' of 2 cumbersome items from home by posting to my local www.freecycle.com

1. A queen mattress. Used only a couple dozen times, no box springs, no frame. These are hard to get rid of (or so I thought!). A fee for disposing at refuse facility and the thrifts won't even take them. NOT A PROBLEM, I had a waiting list of 3 that wanted it.

2. A 13" black and white TV. Hoarded this in the closet for several years thinking it could be used by a kid/relation for a dorm room or some starter location. Husband laughs and then reminds me it will be completely obsolete in early 2009 when digital signal only arrives. Oops! Also would cost a fee to dispose at refuse facility.
But someone wants it for those last few months for a little happy surprise gift this year!

The feeling of joy to me is more 'giving material goods extended useful purpose' and 'helping someone in need' and less clutter-freeing my house.

Am I nuts? It cost me nothing but I feel happy and like I contributed 'goodwill toward man'.

If only all my gift giving could be transformed into this kind situation.

5 Responses to “Frugal but Warm Fuzzy Generous Feeling”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Sometimes you just have to freecycle things to get them out of your life! I'm in the all too common category of only having no-shows though. That means there's still a pile of perfectly useful to someone "crap" in my living room! No time to deal with freecycle these days.

  2. dmontngrey Says:

    oops, double post!

  3. gamecock43 Says:

    i never thought of the digital age! I better freecycle mine too!

  4. Frugalmom Says:

    That's a great idea. I'm getting rid of my desk, but just happened to have a friend in need of one. Next time I'll keep freecycle in mind.

    I don't think you're nuts at all. Smile It feels good to help other people.

  5. SarahLong Says:

    It's great getting free things through Freecycle. We love http://www.freecycleusa.com for great recycled stuff.

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