*I received the following press release from Angie Wynne – founder of


Atlanta, Georgia – March 2, 2009

Angie Wynne, founder of the popular frugal parenting website, Baby Cheapskate (, recently announced the expansion of, an online forum which allows parents to pick up gently-used baby, kid, and maternity items for free from nearby parents who have finished with them.

“Preparing for a baby’s arrival is expensive,” says Wynne, “and so is raising one. Common estimates put the cost at $10,000 in the first year alone. And this is at a time when many families are trying to get by on one parent’s income. At the same time, many of the expensive baby items parents spend their money on get used only for a very short time. There’s still plenty of life left in them. If parents can find good-condition second-hand clothing, toys, and gear, they’ll shave hundreds of dollars or more off that $10,000 total. Besides that, we’ll keep usable items out of the landfills.”

Freepeats opened in the Knoxville area on March 1. Freepeats groups are also up and running in 47 other major U.S. cities with many more openings planned for 2009. “I want parents all across the country to have access to the savings that Freepeats offers,” Wynne says. “We’re opening the forums just as fast as we can.”

Knoxville-area residents who join Freepeats by March 15 will receive a free lifetime membership. After that, there’s be a $4.95 nominal, one-time membership fee. Meanwhile, it is Wynne’s hope that residents will get hundreds of dollars’ worth of gently-used baby items for the price of the cost of the gas it takes to go pick them up locally.

Freepeats has now registered almost 18,000 members. Offerings have included bouncers, swings, cribs, infant formula, baby and toddler clothing, zoo tickets, diapers, strollers, high chairs, baby gyms, parenting books, toys, and more. The site has been featured at’s Planet Green website, Apartment, Nickelodeon’s Parents Connect website, Green Deals Daily, and in the pages of Readers Digest, Parenting magazine, and several local publications.

More information: Freepeats FAQ (

Since 2005, has shown parents how to save money on baby necessities such as diapers, formula, apparel, and gear. The popular, weekly “Top Diaper and Formula Deals of the Week” post shows parents where to find the best local deals on diapers and formula.The site reaches more than 13,000 readers a day.

Check out and thanks to Angie for bringing this service to Knoxville.


  1. Thanks so much for telling your readers about Freepeats, Katie!

  2. Rachel_M says:

    Got my free membership! Thanks. Now to sort through 1.5 years of outgrown clothes, toys and baby stuff.

  3. Oh shit, I missed the chance!


  4. Oh shit, I missed the chance!


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