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Save Money Knowing What You Should Buy Used

Updated on March 7, 2014

There are many ways to save money by doing your homework and buying certain products used. Here are some products that if purchased correctly, will save you money by buying it used.

  • DVD's CD's, and video games. As long as the disc is well taken care of, there will be no difference in its quality except for the price. Check out eBay or amazon for great deals.
  • Books. If you have not discovered Amazon yet, it is one of the best places to find books at a discounted price. One main reason is Those selling the book can see what it others are pricing it at, so if they want to sell their book fast, they may post theirs just below the lowest price, developing a competition amongst the sellers. Another reason is unless you are collecting the book, as long as it is readable and not falling apart, it will serve its function.
  • Maternity and baby cloths. Babies grow so fast that they will not wear their cloths very many times before they grow out of them. Visit garage sales to find incredible cheap baby cloths, next to giving them away, people who are done having children have no use for their cloths, and will let them go for hardly nothing. Personally I went to a few garage sales with my sister who was expecting at the time, and she purchased over 20 onesies for a newborn for $10. 20 may seem like a lot, but remember, babies may change outfits 2-5 times a day!
  • Musical Instruments. If you child is taking up an instrument, look to buy used. It will function just fine, and if they decide to make it a main hobby, then look seriously into purchasing a new one. I used my dads trumpet from the early 80's and played with it for 3 years, then I stopped playing, but my parents only had to buy a new mouthpiece. If the instrument is taken care of, it should last a long time.
  • Pets. Now I do understand the joy of bringing home a new puppy. But, getting a pet from a shelter will be many times cheaper, and they will already have all their shots, and possibly be trained. More importantly you are aiding in the cause to rescue animals.
  • Cars. There is a ton of information out there as to why buying a used car is better than buying new. If you can get over not having the latest model, you will benefit from saving thousands on depreciation, interest from the loan, a warranty you probably will not use. Further, my personal suggestion, buy from a person not a dealer. Dealers need to make a profit too, and there will be a mark up. Buying from a private sale you may be able to haggle, and they just want to sell the car. If you do your research, and find a buyer who needs to sell because of a child on the way, a loan to be paid or other urgent reasons, you can find a great deal.
  • Hand Tools, garden supplies. They are made to be used, and last a long time. Buying used tools saves money and you are not afraid to use them since they probably already have a couple dings on them. Plus, there is a very small advancement in technology around hand tools, a hammer hasn't changed much in 100 years.
  • Recreational Items. Campers, Boats, jet skis. Many of these items you can find barely used, and deeply discounted.
  • Sporting Equipment- depending on the sport and the purpose of the equipment, you can save a lot of money. If you are playing ice hockey for fun in the winter, buying used pads can save you a lot, and keep the past time going. Golf clubs are another item that if you are not a serious golfer, you can still enjoy the sport with a second hand set.
  • Furniture- most furniture can last a long time if well cared for. especially dressers and items not sat on often. Also with a little TLC, that outdated piece can look great with a fresh coat of paint or stain.

I am sure there are many other things worth buying used, this is a basic list. For other ideas on how to save money, visit my blog, http://www.stewardology.com/blog/

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