Finding an Inexpensive or Free Used Refrigerator?

When you need to find an inexpensive or a free used refrigerator, you can look in on Craigslist, freecycle, thrift stores, yard sales, or even check with local churches.
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September 23, 2007

I am in need of a refrigerator ASAP. Mine went out two weeks ago and I have been buying bags of ice to keep what little food I can in there cool. I am a single mom with two young children on a fixed income and would appreciate any help at all with this matter. Thank you and God Bless.

Kris from Canton, Ohio

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September 23, 20072 found this helpful
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Check in the yellow pages of your telephone book under the heading Used Appliances or Appliances Used.

You can find some very reasonably priced appliances. My stove, refrigerator, washer and dryer were purchased at a used appliance store.

Most of these stores will deliver.

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September 25, 20071 found this helpful
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Have you tried calling any local churches? Some of them may be able to help you.

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You could also check with your local thrift stores. In my area, the DAV (Disabled American Veterans) sell everything for half price every saturday, and some of them deliver as well.

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September 26, 20070 found this helpful
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I agree with all these ideas but first check with all your friends and relatives to see if anyone has a spare frig they may not even want.

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September 26, 20071 found this helpful
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Here in Cincinnati we have an organization called People Working Cooperatively that gives new refrigerators and water heaters to low income people in need. There is a similar program across the river in KY, so there might be one in your town too.

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Call your local City Hall. If the person who answers doesn't know, speak to one of your elected officials. Spend long enough talking to them that they understand your need.

This program also does home repairs, gutter cleaning, smoke detectors, etc. They brought me a brand new refrigerator and took away the old one. There are income limits, but they are very fair. Good luck.

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April 16, 2011

How do I get help with a refrigerator asap? My boyfriend got hit by a car and now having a lot of medical issues and had to have surgery. He will be out at least a year. I can't afford to rent one now. We have no medical insurance so anything suggestions would be helpful. Thanks and God bless all.

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By Melanie P from Lorain, OH

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful
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Go to freecycle.org and look for a freecycle group in your area and when you find one post on there that you need a frig. The catch is you will need a way to pick it up. Where I live the freecycle members aren't willing to deliver. As far as medical bills go, the person who hit your boyfriend should have insurance to cover the bills.

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April 16, 20110 found this helpful
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Oh yes Freecycle is great but also check out the free section in your local Craigs List. Good luck!

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April 18, 20111 found this helpful
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Also call your local Salvation Army and Catholic Charities offices because they might be able to help you locate one or at the very least direct you to other services for help!

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April 19, 20110 found this helpful
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Hello to you! I live in Lorain also! If you have internet, go to 211.org and it gives a list of all different places in Lorain that you can get help from for different things (like where food banks are, etc.).

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There may be a listing for appliances. Good Luck!

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January 4, 2020

I am looking for help for me and my grama. We need a refrigerator, our food is going bad.

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January 5, 20200 found this helpful
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You could post on NextDoor community for neighbors nearby. But the delivery of a fridge is really hard unless someone is willingly going to delivery and have a large truck.

You could also try:

  • Word of mouth, ask family, friends, neighbors
  • Churches/Charities
  • Furniture Banks
  • May qualify for LIHEAP
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January 5, 20200 found this helpful
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Please be very careful with a free refrigerator appliances not properly cared for can harbor mold. Also older models are often not energy efficient and can cost a lot to run. Also they are hard to get--meaning you need a truck and a few strong people to pick it up and get it to you. Not everyone has those resources.

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If you have a Habitat for Humanity Restore in your town, see if they can help you locate an inexpensive and cleaned piece. Often they offer pieces at good prices AND include delivery and installation.

Depending on your needs, there are small cube refrigerators that are not expensive. Some of the mini fridges start at 29.95 NEW. Maybe that could be an interim until you can save for a big one. Most of these are not heavy and can be lifted by one strong person or two not so strong ones.

Do you have a college in your town? If you do, I suggest befriending their maintenance staff and seeing if they can hook you up with a dorm fridge that a student leaves behind when the term ends. Colleges are different so terms can end at different times. Again, you will need a way to get it to you, but these small fridges often fit into the back of a car.

When I was much younger, I often curb shopped in and around two of Pittsburgh's huge colleges and I was able to gather so many items I needed (or could sell) that it was sinful. The waste is huge and everything I picked worked just fine and was immaculate! It was amazing.

My last suggestion is if you need a full size refrigerator and have good social media network, start yourself a Go Fund Me and ask for help. People can be very generous if they know you need help. Then you can shop for a piece where you get delivery and installation.

Post back with an update! Prayers for solutions.

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January 5, 20200 found this helpful
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Please reread Pghgirl's answer as she has a lot of good advice about getting a refrigerator for free.
Most free refrigerator's will be older models and may have problems that no one will tell you about.
There is almost no way to get a refrigerator delivered without paying for that delivery and if it has to be carried above the ground floor (and no elevator) most will not deliver or will charge a much higher fee.
Our local Habitat Restore usually has good buys on appliances but they do not usually give discounts to anyone and they presently charge $35-$50 to deliver an appliance. Most refrigerators only have to be plugged in so that should not require extra help.

You do not say very much about your financial situation and you do not give your age or if you are in school or working so it is difficult to provide very much workable information.

You may be able to post a wanted/needed ad on the Nextdoor site and perhaps some of your neighbors will be able to help you.
If you live near a church then you may be able to ask for help - pay a visit to their office and explain your situation.

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Please help me with ideas for finding a free refrigerator.

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March 5, 20191 found this helpful
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Go on Freecycle. I see them offered often.

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