Finance Your Life Through #Unshopping with Yerdle

I talk a lot about the sharing economy and all the fun, interactive ways to be a part of it. One of my favorite things has been bringing the Buy Nothing Project to Philadelphia and watching it blossom and grow!

But my latest obsession is a place to turn when you can’t find the free items you need in your neighborhood, or there isn’t a match for something you have to give – YERDLE!

yerdle

Yerdle is an app that allows you to give and receive using a point system. Items are – however arbitrarily – assigned a point value. The more you give, the more you can get! You just have to pay for shipping the items you receive, unless you can pick them up locally or they are small enough to fit in a thin envelope.

For me, things like Yerdle, Poshmark, and the Buy Nothing Project are partly about financing the life I have using items from the life I used to have. Or, in some cases, the life I thought I had, where I would regularly use a tool designed specifically for squeezing limes.

I'm sorry, you can squeeze lemons OR limes.
I’m sorry, you can squeeze lemons OR limes.

In my new life, a barely-used garlic press yields two pairs of uniform pants for my kindergartener. My dog’s old puppy clothes earned me the points to purchase a cute Calvin Klein dress and a bunch of cute toddler shoes.

It’s all about taking all the crap you bought when you were single/childless/thinner/heavier/still eating gluten and using it to purchase the things you now genuinely need.

 

One day's Yerdle Haul: Two pairs of toddler shoes, toddler jumper, toy phone, bath toy organizer, 8 kids books, and 3 jars of homemade jam
One day’s Yerdle Haul: Two pairs of toddler shoes, toddler jumper,  toy phone,
bath toy organizer, 8 kids books, and 3 jars of homemade jam

Frugal, thrifty, eco-conscious, and clever!

Sign up for 10 bonus Yerdle Dollars here!

P.S. If you liked this post you might enjoy my monthly newsletter. Receive green living news, discounts, giveaways, and events delivered right to your inbox! Sign up HERE.


“Making green and healthy living manageable, practical, and affordable.”