6 simple ways to score free stuff
Find what you need on swap sites
You know the saying: One man's trash is another man's treasure.
That's especially true on swap sites. Jeff Yeager, the author of "The Cheapskate Next Door," likes Freecycle.org, which lists free items in your area. "It's a good source for building and landscaping materials since people have leftover supplies from home improvement projects," he says. Craigslist is another option. There's a tab for free stuff in the "for sale" section.
Swapping stuff like clothes, shoes, accessories and even DVDs is also catching on. Swapstyle.com, a free fashion swap site, has more than 47,000 members. You can also swap books, movies and other items at Swap.com.