I found a wonderful website called www.freecycle.org (note, it's NOT freecycle.com!) which has helped me declutter my house. When I have clothes my kids have outgrown or items I no longer want, I just post a message to my local chapter. Within a day or two, there is usually someone who needs the item who takes it for free. It's a win-win situation that (to me) is easier than trying to store unwanted items for a garage sale.
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My sisters and I will often buy bulk items and split it and the cost between us, 10 pounds of potatoes would be much too much for just DH and I. But split 4 ways it's just enough. When one of us sees a bargain, we'll call the others to see if they need or want to share.
Recent bargains: 5lbs sharp cheddar cheese: 10.50 (5.25 split with one sister)
25lbs organic long grain brown rice: 23.00 (Split 3 ways)
I don't get "paid" to volunteer but I get quite a few "perks". I get a "free" lunch (yes I know-no such thing as a "free lunch") when I volunteer at the hospital. I received a membership to the historical society because I volunteer there. Plus there's the volunteer recognition lunches, etc. each year.
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Buy only what you really NEED. Declutter! Having less is very freeing. Less can be more. Notice on vacation, we seem to get by with less stuff. You see what you really can live on. Update yes, but, one in one out. Help others by donating your clothes.
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