Buying Used Can Save You Money


by Jo on the Go

You work hard for your money – so why not save more of it by shopping used?

I don’t know about you, but there are certain things that I don’t think necessitate me spending top dollar, such as:

  • Snowsuits and winter coats that kids grow out of every year
  • a second fridge for the basement to keep beverages handy
  • a dog crate to house a growing puppy
  • sports gear, especially if you haven’t 100% committed to it yet
  • a motor scooter (I’m trying to convince my family to let me have one)

These are just a few of the many items that I need, but may not need to buy new. Why spend the money when you don’t have to? Join the growing number of shoppers who realize that you can save more and still have fun shopping by buying used. Some reports say that Canadians are posting hundreds of thousands of ads on classified sites daily, and that number is only growing.

Think of it as virtual bargain shopping, without the funky thrift shop smell.

We work too hard for our dollars to squander any unnecessarily. I love a good deal whether it’s new or used, designer label or a box-store special. I’m not picky about where I shop, but I am selective about how much I spend. So buying used makes sense.

You can browse online for cool, unique or vintage items in your local area right from your smartphone now. It’s easy to send a text to a seller and negotiate a deal within minutes. Some apps will even let you set alerts to notify you when the types of items you’re hunting for get posted. That’s easier than rummaging through a garage sale full of weird clothing, broken toys and freaky ceramic cats, right?

Selling your used items is also a smart idea.

If you are downsizing, or handling the details of a relative’s estate, the extra money you can earn from selling big or expensive items can make a significant improvement to your finances.

If you are simply trying to clear out the clutter in your home by selling the things that nobody uses and just take up valuable space, you can still find yourself pleasantly surprised at recovering some of the value of those items. Don’t forget you can make back some of the cash you’ve spent on your kids by selling outgrown clothes, unloved toys, and video games that don’t get played with any longer.

What’s been your greatest deal on a used purchase? Share with us in the comments below.



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