A friend recently mentioned how Craigslist was a huge time waster for her and how she'd spend hours perusing the site without a single purchase. Huge bummer, right? But we've all been there and done that I'm sure. Craigslist is a particiular temptation when you live in a place where it's full of so much goodness that you're always worried about missing out on an incredible deal. This conundrum raises a question (albeit not really important in the grand scheme of things, but noteworthy nonetheless), "How does one find go about finding great deals on Craigslist without wasting precious time?". Here are my thoughts on the matter and a few things I've done to efficiently manage the beast called Craigslist:
1. Download Craigseasy...so that when you are searching for good stuff, you can search efficiently. View my step-by-step tutorial here.
2. Download a Craigslist app for your iPhone (if applicable). I've enjoyed this one.
3. Make a list of everything you need for your living space that you'd be willing to purchase on Craigslist (or anything else you'd like to look out for, i.e. gift cards, trades, tickets, etc.). Perhaps a used mattress isn't in order, but how about a house plant?
4. Then, after completing steps 1-3, take ten minutes each day to look for just those items. If you're allotting just 10 minutes a day to peruse the latest listings, you'll always be on top of your game. The need to spend 2 hours viewing backlogged postings will simply not exist. Plus, you'll be far more likely to snag the "latest and greatest" in just a matter of minutes.
Good luck searching!
image by Stephanie Brubaker / pen from Muji / notepad from Modern Palm Boutique