What Should I Buy Used Instead of New?

Let me ask you a question. When it comes to buying something you need, how do you decide whether to purchase it used or new? Of course, with some things it’s obvious. For example, I don’t know anyone who buys underwear or toiletries used. But with other items, including cars and some appliances, purchasing them used could represent a big savings.

In this blog, I’d like to give you 6 ideas about items you could purchase used rather than new in order to save money. Here they are:

Furniture. Flea markets and websites including Craigslist are great places to find good deals on the used furniture you need, including couches, love seats, tables, dressers and desks. Personally, I’d stay away from used beds.

Textbooks. Your children or grandchildren may need to purchase books for their college classes, and new ones are very expensive. Borrowing, renting or buying used books is a great alternative to purchasing new.

Kids Clothing. If you have children and/or grandchildren, you know how quickly they grow out of their clothes. You also know how expensive new clothes can be. So, look at thrift shops and hand-me-downs for at least some of those clothes.

Household Appliances. New and shiny refrigerators, washers and dryers look great, don’t they? But neighbors, friends and family members might have used appliances you could buy for much less than you’d spend for new items.

Bicycles. Like cars, new bicycles come out every year. So, there are plenty of great bikes available that are only a year or two old. You can get the best deals on used bikes during the colder seasons.

Entertainment Items. Music and movies can be obtained secondhand. Great bargains are out there, both online and at garage sales, that will enable you to save plenty of cash.

What has your experience been with buying items used rather than new? Have those choices proven to be wise ones, or have you had some regrets?


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