About 18 months ago, two women in Washington state started an experiment on Facebook called the “Buy Nothing Project” as a way of connecting with neighbors . . . and also saving money.
It works like this. First you join a group in your area. Then you either post photos of stuff you don’t need on the group’s Facebook page, or list things you DO need. Then people will give them to you for FREE.
It originally started with a few people in Seattle. Then it took off last year, and now there are more than 100,000 members in the U.S. and 11 other countries.
What makes it unique is you’re not allowed to trade or charge for anything. It’s all about donating, meeting people, and building a community in your area. And people don’t just donate STUFF. You can also ask for things like a ride to the doctor.
If it sounds interesting, check out their website, BuyNothingProject.org. And if there isn’t already a group in your area, you can start one.