This strategy of ask for used, offer a small amount, and likely end up with it for free works well for:
- kids clothing, toys, etc.,
- items for the garden,
- miscellaneous household items (nails, pans, hangers, etc.)
Freecycle sites are great, but cover a large area. Consider social media limited to the folks you know or who live in your immediate area. You'll reduce the pool yes, but also the pool of others seeking an item. That is all I have from this frugal corner of the world -- how about you?