How some in one large city are 'buying nothing' but getting something

San Diego residents offer each other things
How some in one large city are 'buying nothing' but getting something
Posted at 4:58 PM, Dec 10, 2018

CALIFORNIA — Thousands of San Diego residents are saving big by "buying nothing."

It's just past 9 a.m. on a late November in Bay Ho and lots of pieces of bread, rolls and muffins are ready for taking. Becky Sloan is the first to arrive.

The food is set up outside the home of Tomira Baca-Craig, who runs a food co-op that divvies out extra bread donated by bakeries and stores. On this morning, she posted the giveaway on her "Buy Nothing" Facebook group.

It's not just bread. Sloan showed reporters with KGTV in San Diego photos of baseballs, crafting items, shoes for her children and home decor, just some of the stuff she's received in the last two years. All of the items were offered up by neighbors on the Bay Park/Bay Ho Buy Nothing page.

"I think I might have saved anywhere from $2,500 to $3,000," Sloan said.

Sloan actually gifts more items than she receives.

"It's awesome. You can give just about anything away, and you can receive just about anything you ask for," Sloan said.

Started in 2013 in Washington state, "Buy Nothing" now boasts some 60 neighborhood pages in San Diego County.

"Any time you can gain an inch in your pocketbook, it's helpful," Sloan said.

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Tens of thousands in the county have joined up.

"You give freely and get freely. It builds community and minimizes waste," Baca-Craig said.

Two Halloweens ago, Baca-Craig created all of her family's circus-themed costumes by going on the Buy Nothing page and asking for donations. After Halloween, she put all of the items back on the site.

"It's all those things that add up and makes everybody's life a little easier. That's why we do it," said Baca-Craig.

To join a page, you do have to have a Facebook account. Find the page that corresponds to your neighborhood, and ask to be added.