Every time we buy something, many of us have to look at the price before we make a decision. For some of us it’s habit, some of us do it to comply with our budget, others do it just because we’re curious. However, many times we look at the price only to find out that the item is much more expensive than we anticipated. The cost of new goods can be shocking, but if we need to buy something, it often makes sense to seek out a less expensive alternative like used items.
One of the greatest ways to save a little bit of money on an item is to buy the same thing you’re looking for, but used. Obviously, food and toiletries aren’t the best items to purchase to apply this method, but things like furniture, electronics, and some clothes are great items to buy used.
We often negatively think about used items, since many of us are focused on always having the latest and greatest, which clearly cannot be accomplished with used items… so you would think!
There are plenty of options to find the latest and greatest, even though they may be used items!
One of the best ways to do so is through craigslist. People often buy things that they want from the store, they use it for a while, then they find out that it’s not exactly what they wanted or they need the money for something else. When that happens, they put their items up on craigslist for others to buy it. That’s your time to strike! If you’re curious about more on craigslist, check out my other article here.
While it may not be the latest and greatest, another awesome way to save money with used items is going to thrift stores.
Sometimes you can find some great things at thrift stores, simply because people dropped off the clothes or items that they didn’t want. It can even be kind of fun finding the things you need! While I personally do not go thrift shopping for my clothes, I do go thrift shopping for items that I need. I think it’s a great way to find unique things that no one else has, at a cheaper price!
There are plenty of other ways to find used items, but these are a couple of my favorite. Buying used can be an awesome way to save money, while still getting the things you need. There’s no reason to buy everything new, unless it’s really important to you, or a new item is crucial to the functionality of a possession you own. You clearly wouldn’t purchase a heavily used bald set of tires for a car, or a used HVAC filter!