In today's economy, the best buys are free

The tough times have many folks looking for bargains. Some are passing on big buys and heading to consignment shops to help stretch their dollars.

Another option that doesn't even involve cash is From infants to the elderly, has everything a person could want. The website features a network of people who are giving and getting stuff for free in their own towns, including Louisville and the surrounding areas.

Using freecycle is easy. You log on, find a group near you, then scan post's based on your needs. Those who have used the website report a savings of up to $2,000.

Freecycle has been around a little more than six years, and its original purpose was to discourage people from throwing useful items away, but the concept of people putting away their wallets during tough times to save on items like pots and pans even a digital camera is hardly a new idea.