Getting free stuff is amazing.
Scoring free items from local listings on Facebook Marketplace, Nextdoor and OfferUp can help you save tons of money — and that deal-finding adrenaline rush is hard to beat.
But snagging those zero-dollar deals on community buy-sell pages is tough. Free items can get marked as sold in a matter of minutes, so you need to be quick.
Thankfully, there’s an app that tracks all those free listings in one place and notifies you when new items become available in your area.
Fittingly, it’s called the Freebie Alerts app.
Here’s how it works and what you need to know to start scoring your own free stuff.
What Is the Freebie Alerts App?
Freebie Alerts is a free app that sends you notifications when people in your community post free items on popular online marketplaces.
The app combs listings from several online marketplaces, including:
When a free item is listed in your area, you’ll receive a notification on your phone. You can filter your results by keyword and refine your geographic area so you only see the items you want.
The app doesn’t appear to track Craigslist for free items anymore, which is one downside.
Freebie Alerts has been around for over four years, according to the App Store, where it has a 4.7 rating. At the Google Play store, it has a similar 4.6 rating and over 1 million downloads.
How Does Freebie Alerts Work?
You don’t need to create an account to use Freebie Alerts. Just enter your zip code, and the app will populate with all the free items in your area listed on major marketplace sites.
You’ll receive push notifications on your phone when a new item is listed nearby.
Click on the item to review photos and browse details.
Each Freebie Alerts post will show you the time an item was listed, how far away it is and the site it was originally posted on.
If you like what you see, just follow a link to the original online marketplace post.
Because you’re redirected to the original site,…