People often think that one ends up in need of bankruptcy in Dayton due to frivolous spending and too much credit card debt. While it is possible, most people simply end up in hard times through no fault of their own. However, one important lesson people who have experienced financial hardship take away is how to be better money managers. Let’s face it, we all could use a lesson in saving more and spending less. Here is a list of some ways to save through buying used:
Furniture – Sure you don’t want a stained piece of furniture off of Craigslist, but there are plenty of gems to be found at consignment stores and estate sales. Look for houses that are up for sale and ask the realtor if the owners plan to sell any furniture before it ends up in a dusty garage sale.
Books — There are discount bookstores that offer cheap prices for even some of the more expensive and rare books, you just have to invest the time and effort in searching through the racks. College textbooks are also much better served if bought used through the campus bookstore or an website like www.textbooks.com.
Sports equipment — Whether looking to pick up a new hobby or buy your kid a bike, pawn shops and resale stores have great deals. For this type of purchase, Craigslist can be a good source to find items that are gently used.
Baby gear — Baby stuff is expensive, mostly because the manufacturers know they can charge and arm and a leg and parents will buy it. However, there are more baby resale and consignment stores than ever. Check social medial sites and online for local mom swap groups that keep buying and selling among friends.
Electronics — It seems no one can stay ahead of technology, so why pay full price for any electronic. You can find great deals on new items on websites like www,tigerdirect.com or www.newegg.com. If you don’t need the latest model you can find refurbished electronics directly from the manufacturer for almost half the normal cost.