Angie Wynne, Atlanta native and author of the popular frugal parenting blog, Baby Cheapskate, recently announced the expansion of Freepeats.org, an online forum which allows parents to pick up gently-used baby, kid, and maternity items for free from nearby parents who have finished with them.
"Preparing for a baby's arrival is expensive," says Wynne, "and so is raising one. Common estimates put the cost at $10,000 in the first year alone. And this is at a time when many families are trying to get by on one parent's income.
"...If parents can find good-condition second-hand clothing, toys, and gear, they'll shave hundreds of dollars or more off that $10,000 total. Besides that, we'll keep usable items out of the landfills."
Freepeats opened in our area last week; if you join before June 1, you'll get a free lifetime membership. After that, there's a $4.95 one-time membership fee.
I love this idea - so eco-cool, so smart, so friendly. Wonder if it's all that. Someone try it and let us know!