With the world still reeling from the effects of the global economic recession, 2011 is a year when many people are looking for ways to save a little extra money by being thrifty. Being frugal does not mean you have to live like a hermit however! In contrast, living frugally means spending your money more intelligently and fortunately there are a number of ways to save by using your income more wisely which you may not be aware of:
Listia – Savings and Recycling
A fantastic website making waves at the moment is Listia which has taken the idea of buying, selling and giving away used items online and refined it to make it better than eBay or Craigslist by making everything free.
Listia works on a system of credits (you receive 400 free) when you sign up, no cash is involved, only credits. The more stuff you give away, the more stuff you can get for free. The idea is to get rid of the stuff you no longer want, like old VHS tapes, cell phones, or toys; and as you give that stuff away on Listia, you get credits. Use those credits to get stuff you want, like a new iphone, video games, or clothes. The entire system is done on a auction basis, which allows people to give their stuff to those who really want it, and not just craigslist people who take everything you set on the curb.
This system effectively cuts out the “bid snipers” and others who bid on multiple items simultaneously as they have nothing to lose. As soon as a bid is won the credits are deducted directly from the winners account so participants cannot simply cut and run on less attractive items as so often occurs on eBay and other online marketplaces.
If you are really looking to save some money on everyday items and maybe have some old items which are no longer useful to you but could be valuable to someone else, Listia is a website where you can find some unbelievable deals on the everyday things that everyone uses and needs in an infrastructure which protects you from cheats. The great thing about Listia, it will never cost you any more, it’s 100% free to use. If you have something to give away, then you can get something in return.
For more information, here is how Listia works.