I hope this is okay to post these, but they really are great resources.
freecycle.org is a great resource for recycling/receiving free items that would otherwise go to the trash. You can get virtually anything from there; depending on how generous people in your community are. I have received clothes, a couch, a working refridgerator, and alot more really awesome things that I needed & would have otherwise had to spend money on.
angelfoodministries.com is a place for discounted, quality food. Everyone is eligible for food from them. Check out your local host sites. They provide a monthly menu to purchase; as well as monthly specials. You pay for the food & pick up when the shipment comes in. It is a great resource for people who are not eligible for govt. help [food stamps], etc. Their menus are based on a family of 4 for a week. But a budget friendly, meal planner person could use the angel food menu as a main source for food & buy additional food items elsewhere to make the food stretch for an entire month. I personally, have yet to use this resource, but I plan to in the future. They accept food stamps too for those of you who do get them.
Does anyone else use these resources? Are there others out there like these? How much are you saving by using them?
I suppose I have saved thousands of dollars by freecycling [couch, fridge arent cheap!] & I have contributed to the community by freecycling my unwanted/un-needed goods.