Shiny and new may sounds nice, but is it really necessary for everything you purchase? You can save a huge amount of money while not compromising on quality just by buying certain items slightly used. And with sites like Craigslist and eBay, it’s even easier to find bargains on used items. To help you save some green we have created a list of the best items to buy used.
If your intention for a book is to place it on a shelf to look pretty, than may be buy new, but if you’re actually buying a book to read it, why not buy used. We are pretty certain you will get the same satisfaction out of reading it used as you would brand new and the price will be significantly lower. Check local used bookstores or go online and search Amazon for used books. And if you’re in college you can save a ton on sites like BigWords.com, CampusBooks.com and AllBookstores.com.
If you’re a parent then you know the struggle of your kid not fitting into that shirt that you only got a month ago. Babies and toddlers grow at such a fast rate that you may get 2 uses out of an outfit before it no longer fits. This is why you should buy children’s clothing used. Why pay full price for clothing that you will only get a few uses out of? Swap.com is an online consignment store where you will pay up to 50% less on high quality used children’s clothes.
Has there ever been a time where you or your partner decided to do a DIY project that left you with a bunch of tools you never use? Well thanks to sites like Pinterest there are a lot of cases like this, which leads to a lot of slightly used tools up for grabs. We recommend only buying hammers, wrenches, saws, shovels and manual tools that are gently used because there aren’t any mechanical parts to cause problems. You can also check your local hardware store’s rental department and see if they are selling any of their rental equipment, which will be dramatically decreased in price.
This should be a no brainer. There are thousands of pets left at shelters on a daily basis by their previous owners just waiting for a good home. Instead of paying 600+ for a brand new puppy, give a pet in-need a home. Use sites like Petfinder.com to find pets in your area. You can even specify the breed, sex, and if they’re house trained in the search option.
Ever heard that a new car drops in value as soon as you drive it off the lot. Well this is completely true. You can save thousands on a car just by buying one that’s a year old. Most dealerships even have a used section where many are certified and still under warranty. And if you’re hesitant about the previous owners, just look up the history of the car on sites like Car Fax to get the complete lowdown.
Once you start digging you’ll be surprised at how much gently used furniture options there are out there. Hit up consignment stores or estate sales to find some great bargains on home furnishings. Going to yard sales and checking buy and sell Facebook groups is also a great way to find deals on furniture.
Most formal wear, like evening dresses and tuxedos, are worn once and the owner wants to get rid of it, especially for events like a prom or a wedding. If you’re looking for something to wear for a fancy event try to find an outfit used before paying 50% more buying it new. Sites like PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com have tons of options for formal designer dresses where most have only been worn one time.