Just like there are things that are better bought new, there are also things that you should always consider buying used first. Whether you do this to save money or to help minimize your carbon footprint, it is a smart choice.
Here are seven things that you should always buy used:
Yes, some people want to have a brand new car and while this is a preference for some, buying a used car is simply a smarter financial decision. I’m sure you’ve heard over and over again how your brand new car will depreciate the minute you drive it off the lot. That is true and that is thousands of dollars you just won’t get back. You can find a great used car with very low mileage and a great warranty at a tremendous savings over new price.
Seriously, books can cost a lot of money. Often $15-$20 for a brand new copy. Keep your eyes on Amazon and similar sites and you can save 50% or more just by buying a used copy. Oftentimes people read a book once and put it down, never to be opened again. Why not take advantage of this and save yourself some money.
No, not all furniture should be bought used. I wouldn’t buy a used mattress for example, but you can find some amazing deals on tables, shelves and other household furniture by shopping used. Another benefit to this is you will also find more quality furniture shopping this way. A lot of furniture that is mass produced these days is made of presswood and other materials that simply don’t last as long as real wood.
- Gift Cards.
I know what you are thinking. A used gift card?! Yep! Many times people get gift cards for birthday or holiday gifts, but they are unable to use them or they need cash instead. There are several websites out there such as Cardpool.com and Raise.com that offer discounts on gift cards! You can often save 20% or more on gift cards to such places as Amazon, Starbucks and more! You might as well save money on a gift card for a place you were going to shop anyway.
- Designer Jeans and Clothes.
It is no secret that a good pair of designer jeans is not cheap. You are looking at $150+ each! These are the ideal thing to buy used because people who spend $150+ on a pair of jeans typically take excellent care of them. Hit up a high end consignment or thrift shop and save 90% or more on these!
If you are looking for a new set of tools, you should always consider buying used. As long as you buy a good quality tool, used is the way to go because many of them have lifetime warranties. Many people buy tools for one project and then not need them anymore, might as well take advantage of their purchase and save on yours.
- Fitness Equipment.
Buying used fitness equipment is a great way to save big! People often rush out to buy themselves brand new fitness equipment to go with their new year’s resolutions, then by mid-spring put them up for sale because they are going unused. If you are shopping for fitness equipment, definitely scoop up these deals when they come available.