How often do you buy new things? And how often do you buy used? There is a time and place for both (groceries we always buy new, of course!) but certainly, buying used can indeed save you money.
For example, if you are looking for a new shirt, you can buy a brand new one for double digits, or a new to you one for single digits. Both can and will be lovely, but which one will you choose? If you want to save, buy used. It’s also important to remember that buying used isn’t just for clothes. You can buy toys, furniture, and household appliances all used, to name a few other things.
Learn to embrace the savings that can be found at thrift stores and garage sales. It’s always an adventure and you never know what you may find! You have to be patient but when you are patient in your search, you will find good bargains. I keep a running list of things that I would like to find. This past year, I’ve bought used books, used baby toys, a used bread machine, and of course, used clothes.
For more savings, you can shop consignment sales which are especially a great place to find deals for kids. Craiglist is a source Facebook garage sales are a popular method of savings as well. I personally prefer online thrift stores like Twice. You can learn more about how I saved purchasing myself a brand new (used) name brand wardrobe at Twice here.
It’s also important to note that the time for garage sales is best in the late spring and early summer. In the fall and winter, you can find your best used bargains at thrift stores and consignment sales. Also, do remember that if you don’t need it, it doesn’t matter how low the price. Don’t buy something you won’t use just because it’s a quarter!
Do you buy things used? What is your favorite place to shop for used additions to your home? Any advice for us as we shop for used bargains?
To read the previous tips in this series, you can do so here.