If it's free, it's for me!
You can find a lot of freebies in your area or good deals on used items on Craig's List.
Also, you might want to check to see if there are any Yahoo Freecycle groups in your area. Everything that people give away are FREE.
There's one here that I use in Delaware County (PA) and you'd be amazed at some of the stuff people give away. A lot of times, people are moving and don't want to take the stuff with them or don't want to throw the stuff away, so they just list the items online and there's always good stuff up for grabs.
And if you have things you no longer need but don't want to throw away, it's a good way to help someone in need.
Just an FYI.