By Kate Merrill

FOXBORO (CBS) — Buy nothing but get everything you need. That’s the mission of Facebook groups popping up in neighborhoods all around Massachusetts. And Chantel Toomey is a fan. She has picked up a ton of gear for her 3-year-old son, Nick, including strollers, shoes, and blocks.

“I’m trying to think of the last time I really ever bought anything besides groceries,” she told WBZ-TV.

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Chantel is part of the “Buy Nothing” Facebook group in Foxboro.


“It’s about gifting where you live, hyper-local, meeting neighbors,” she said. And while moms love it, it’s not just for kids’ stuff. Members give and receive just about anything –  kitchen gadgets, furniture, suitcases and much more.

“Instead of going to Amazon or Target and stuff like that, now I just hop onto Buy Nothing and I see if I can find what I need there first,” Chantel said.

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The rules are pretty simple:

  • Everything must be a gift.
  • No buying, selling, or trading.
  • Keep it legal.
  • Members must give where they live.

The mission isn’t just to save money but to make connections. And, in Chantel’s case, it’s working.

“I’ve met a lot of my close friends from the ‘Buy Nothing’ page,” she told WBZ.

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There are more than 100 Buy Nothing groups throughout Massachusetts. To join or to start your own just check out

Kate Merrill