It’s true that you should purchase new items when it comes to things like underwear, but there are so many items you can purchase used to save money. Whether it’s books or baby gear, you can save thousands each year by buying used. Let’s take a closer look at the best things to buy used.
Books – Especially Textbooks
Why would you spend $10 for a paperback when you can find used books for $0.25 each? So many thrift stores have amazing deals on books. The same goes for textbooks, while you may not find the ones your children need at a thrift store, you can buy them used at the campus bookstore or even on Amazon. You can save literally hundreds to thousands of dollars each semester by buying used textbooks.
Did you know that a new car greatly depreciates as soon as you drive it off the lot? Why take the hit when you can buy a certified used car? Certified used cars come with great warranties and usually have just a few thousand miles on them. Save your money and buy used.
Exercise and Sports Equipment
Look, most people buy exercise equipment, use it a few times, and then let it gather dust. There’s even a good chance that’s what you’ll do. Why spend retail on a treadmill that may become a clothing rack when you can buy one used?
As for sports equipment, it can be really expensive. If your children want to join a sport, consider buying used equipment to save money.
Movies, Video Games, and CDs
How many times have you rushed out to buy a new movie only to see the movie for a couple bucks used a few months later? Don’t waste your money. Shop pawnshops, thrift stores, and yard sales to get great deals on used movies, video games, and CDs. You can often get movies for less than a $1 each through bundle deals.
Yes, you want to make sure to sanitize anything you buy used for your baby. However, this will save you so, so much money, especially when it comes to cribs (make sure there are no recalls and are up to code), rockers, changing tables, car seats (make sure they are up to code), and strollers. Of course, you can also save tons of money by buying used baby clothes and toys.
Last, but not least, did you know that you can often find designer label clothing, handbags, and more in thrift stores for a tiny fraction of what they cost new? You can also shop eBay, Poshmark, and other online retailers for awesome deals.
Always carefully check the condition to make sure it’s a good buy. In many cases, people who can afford to buy new, buy a lot. This means things are often donated in excellent condition. Sometimes items will even have the tags on them.
Why spend more than you have to? As long as an item is in great condition, why not save money? You can save thousands of dollars each year by simply buying used.
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