I found this article, Houston's ABC13 did an interview with the local cop-shop & found that they auction off all sorts of items that they seize from criminals. Click here to check out the website.
If that's nor your cup of tea maybe you'll consider doing a swap. That's right, trade away all the stuff you no longer need and get stuff you need. Here's how you can get more free stuff.
Also, take a look at your own back yard, you can save at home.
Check out your food list as well, you may be able to save there too.