Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is more than just for throwing things away it is for shopping too! The more you buy things used the less stuff you buy new. I save money and the person selling it makes a little money. I won’t buy used things that are unsanitary. Here are 7 Things I Never Buy New to save money.
7 Things I Never Buy New
- Books. I never buy new books. I can go to the library, visit a thrift store, or do a book exchange with friends. Even with college textbooks you can get used or even rent them now. Sometimes in college I would even share a book with a friend.
- Decor. I very rarely buy decor brand new. I get most of my decor from yard sales and thrifting. Picture frames, artwork, curtains (though I did make most of the curtains in my home myself) are all things I buy used.
- Gaming Systems and Video Games. Even if you want the latest version of a gamily system, give it a month and you will find an almost new one in Game Stop. Games are always a gamble to me. No one knows for sure that game will be a hit in your home or that it won’t be too easy. I have only bought one game new and I have since regretted it. I wanted the Epic Mickey game when it first came out. After 4 times of trying to play it, I gave up and never touched it again.
- Musical Instruments. Brand new musical instruments are so expensive! Renting a musical instrument might be an option if you are not sure you are going to like it. Overall though, find a nice used instrument and get the most worth for your money. I got a pretty nice clarinet for $40 used. My husband got a hold of a beautiful tuba that just needed to be restored, back in its’ prime it was the most expensive model out there.
- Dressers, Entertainment Centers, Tables. Pretty much if I don’t sleep on it I will buy it used. Some of these items I have even got for free. Since I know I am going into foster care and will be needing more dressers, bed frames, and a bigger table I already am scoping out the Craigslist free section. I could always restain, paint, or do over a piece that is ugly to me if the quality is good enough.
- Tools. Most of the tools my husband buys are from yard sales. We always have the best of luck with yard sales given by older men. They are finished fixing stuff and needing to get rid of their tools. We still buy some tools new but we have scored plenty of deals. I think our greatest find was a power saw where all we had to do was buy new blades.
- Cars. Brand new cars lose their value as soon as you drive them off the lot. If you can pay cash for a vehicle you can afford outright and not have a monthly car payment.
What are some thing you never buy new?
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