Where can i get free appliances for low income families?

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  1. Tiplady

    Tiplady Newbie

    A friend of mine has recently moved into his new home and needs to buy all the appliances. He asked me for help and I told him he might be eligible for free appliances for low income people. My friend income is officially below the federal poverty line and he has 7 dependants and works two jobs just to make ends meet. He has some savings but he is saving this for an emergency and does not want to access it. If anyone has any suggestions for my friend please let me know. Thanks
  2. admin

    admin Administrator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    You could try freecycle.com. Users of the site are frequently giving away appliances such as cookers, dishwashers, washing machines and even microwaves, toasters and kettles. Your friend needs to open and account and make a request and see what is available. If he keeps his eyes peeled he could kit his entire house for free.

  3. SueStanton

    SueStanton Newbie

    I furnished my entire home with free items. When I moved into my new place I got in touch with the local church and goodwill charities and asked them for help. These organisations asked their members for unwanted household items and within a few weeks I had everything I need. I still get offered more items which I pass on to other people who need it more than me. Get in touch with the local charities and they will be more than willing to help.
  4. Sadia

    Sadia Administrator

    This will seriously work. Go to as many appliance stores as you can and ask to speak to the manager. Explain to the manager your need and ask if he has any reconditioned items or display items he can give for free or for a subsidized price. These appliance stores regularly throw out old models that are not selling and if you're lucky you could pick it up for free. The key is communicating your hardship and not being shy to ask for help. Hope your friend furnishes his house and makes it a home.
  5. Tiplady

    Tiplady Newbie

    I usually buy broken down appliances and then get a mechanic to repair them for me. I've saved so much doing this and learnt so much in the process. Sometimes all these appliances need is a spare part or some maintenance and are working well afterwards. I also like making my own beds and have become an expert at making Murphy beds by downloading instructions from YouTube. Check it out

  6. Simrin

    Simrin Newbie

    Salvaging appliances is a great way to save money and kit your house out for next to nothing. Another strategy you could use is to contact businesses and shops after they have closed down and ask them if you can have any of the merchandise for free. Sometimes these people are more prepared to give things away for free rather than keep them in storage of pay for their removal. Most of the items in my home were freebies collected from businesses that went bust. Nice thread, we need more ideas! Will revisit soon.
  7. hamza

    hamza Newbie

    You also need check out misspelling on eBay. You can try snipers to find appliances online and as long as you're willing to pick up items using a truck you could furnish your house for a fraction of the price. Check out the following videos for ideas on eBay misspellings.

  8. Miles

    Miles Newbie

    This is a great idea. I've recently made a move to a smaller property and space is precious so I'm very selective of what comes into my home. This Murphy Bed would definitely help to give me more space. Thanks for the great advice.
  9. Miles

    Miles Newbie

    You can find a lot of sniper software and these publishers charge a lot of money. I've found relative success with the free snipers that are available on the internet. Snipers are a great way to find a bargain, the auto-bidding feature also helps to secure the bargain. Some excellent suggestions here.
  10. Miles

    Miles Newbie

    Try putting a notice on your local community board and ask for help with furnishing your property. When I moved into my smaller place I put a notice on the Town Hall asking for any unwanted furniture and appliances and I was overwhelmed by the response. I get a 3 piece sofa set, a plasma TV, microwave and a set of table and chairs for free! definitely worth checking out.
  11. Diego

    Diego Newbie

    I guess you could distribute fliers asking for used furniture and appliances in your local neighbourhood. When I first moved into my apartment I leafleted my local area and targeted affluent neighbourhood asking them for any items they longer needed or used. I was able to get some high end stuff especially for the kitchen and I managed to furnish my home for a fraction of the price. Be strategic and target affluent houses who are more likely to give things away because they're always looking for an excuse to buy the latest products.
  12. Diego

    Diego Newbie

    I really like the idea of multifunctional furniture. I guess this is a perfect idea for anyone who wants to downsize without losing the functionality of space. Check out this video on how a guy in New York City designed a 5 bedroom house into one small apartment. Sorry for taking the tread on a tangent.

  13. Diego

    Diego Newbie

    I'm an active freecycle user and it is possible to furnish your entire home with items from other people. Most of my household stuff came from a few generous individuals so if you can forge a meaningful relationship the chances of getting a lot of items is high. One individual gave me a fridge freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and dining table and couch and I just paid for delivery! Its certainly doable.
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  14. Quentin

    Quentin Newbie

    I went to a lot of furniture retailers and asked them for free ex-display furniture and appliances. You can give your details and once something becomes available you're very likely to receive a call from them. Be organised and take all your income and expenditure statements to show that you are on a low income and would welcome any help. Don't sound desperate and always be courteous.
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  15. Quentin

    Quentin Newbie

    This is quite inspiring, I can see how urbanisation and population explosion will eventually make people turn to space saving ideas. The drop down bed looks really interesting but these things cost so much money. Hopefully they will become more affordable. Thanks for sharing, really liked the video.
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  16. Quentin

    Quentin Newbie

    Freecycle has helped me a lot and the more engaging and thankful you are in the community the more items you will find. I started off by giving away all the stuff I didn't need and established a good reputation for giving. Eventually more and more people chose me when giving away items and I was able to furnish my home with some pretty good appliances and furniture. This is definitely worth considering.
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  17. Another great place to find free appliances is to ask small/medium and large hotels for anything they no longer need. Hotels are constantly updating their electrical appliances and they throw away their existing items which are working fine. You could make a call to all your local hotels and ask them for financial assistance via unwanted electrical items. Its worth a try.
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  18. Definitely try Freecycle! I have found beds, wardrobes, washing machines and even high quality deep freezers just by requesting these items and explaining my hardship. There is a great community spirit on Freecycle and members are really committed to helping each other. Definitely worth checking out.
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  19. I salvage items in my spare time and even if I cant get the appliance work I sell the scrap metal for money. I don't make a lot but every little helps.
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  20. Alistair

    Alistair Newbie

    You could try asking religious organizations for help. Churches, Mosques, and Synagogues usually have a discretionary fund which they use to help people out in need. They might be able to offer you a few hundred dollars to get you started and they might even make a polite request during congregation for help from the community.
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