There comes a time in many of our lives, that money is extremely tight or non-existent. A loss of a job can create this situation, reduced pay due to maternity (paternity) leave, or extended leave from work due to illness. Whatever the reason, times like these call for resourcefulness to receive items for free or at a serious discount.
1. Freecycle is a great place to receive items such as furniture, building materials, clothing, strollers, baby accessories and other items absolutely for FREE. I once saw a FREE working car given away on Freecycle! There are chapters of Freecycle WORLDWIDE and it is free to join. Freecycle is a great system, whereby you give/receive items for free to your local community. Items get reused and recycled--without going into a landfill.
2. Free books - There are many ways to receive free books, besides the public library. iTunes Canada regularly offers free e-books for iPhone and iPad users, as well as Amazon.ca for eBooks, like Kindle. Just type "free e-books" on google, and watch hundreds of choices pop up!
For paper books, BookMooch is the way to go! It's a free service available to Canada, USA and worldwide. Simply, select books that you would like to receive --and they are sent to you for free (no shipping). Similarly, when someone wants a book that you are offering, you give it away for free (you pay shipping this time). If your shipping budget is slim or non-existent, list thin books or kid's books that cost only 1 or 2 postage stamps to ship!
3. Stretching the Dollar - Kijiji and Craigslist are great ways to pinch your pennies. From cars, to furniture, to musical instruments, to appliances and more, both services allow you to list ads for free. Just do a bit of comparative shopping, and you are sure to find what you are looking for at usually 50% off of retail--or more. And both sites have "free" sections, where you can shop items being offered at no cost.