It’s nice to have shiny new things, however sometimes it can be a waste of money. There are so many items which go down in value as soon as you open the box or leave the store with it. Buying used items can save you money very quickly. Here are some items which you should never buy new.
As soon as the car leaves the factory floor it drops in value. This means just by buying a used car you are saving yourself thousands of dollars.
You can create a new environment in your home without buying new furniture, all it takes is a bit of effort to search for the right pieces. You can try buying online for used furniture that needs a new home, or try a Vinnies warehouse. You can find some amazing rare things to include in your home which may even last you longer than something brand new, and the story you have behind it will be much more interesting.
Kids goods and clothing
It can be hard to resist dressing your child in the latest fashion trends, but it can save you thousands to dress them in items handed down from friends, family, or you older child’s clothes. People are usually very happy to get rid of their hand-me-downs. Web sites such as eBay can also help you find some second hand bargains on items such as prams and cots. As children grow so fast they will no longer need these things so quickly and you will wonder why you spent so much money on them new.
Home decor items
Creating a fresh look in your home can be as cheap and easy as visiting websites, op shops, and garage sales for items which are no longer needed in someone elses home, but will be unique and save you money.
Formal clothes for men and women
For something that is usually only worn once, it can be a waste of money to fork out so much cash. If you scour webpages such as eBay, have a look in op shops, designer outlet stores, or dress and suit rental places, you can find the perfect dress or suit for a fraction of the price it would cost new. This is particularly helpful when finding wedding dresses as these are usually up for sale at a fraction of the original cost.
Textbooks and other books
New books and textbooks can cost you a fortune, a great way to save money on these is to get them second hand. Many online book stores now sell books second hand, and you can even swap books at second hand book stores in your area. Very often students want to get rid of their old text books after completing a course and it is easy to pick up text books for your studies at a fraction of the new price.
DVD’s and video games
If you have watched a movie or finished the final level on a video game, why not sell them for some extra cash? It is also easy enough to pick up these items for a small price and these are items which you cannot tell are used.
Very often we buy fitness equipment and it turns into a clothes rack. Just as often, these items come up for sale at a fraction of the price which they were purchased for. Items such as bikes, ab crunchers, weights, treadmills or trampolines, even kinds hobbies and sport gear, shouldn’t be purchased new without checking if you can get them cheaper pre-loved.
Tools can be very expensive, but the good thing about them is that they can last a very long time. Sometimes the best tools a man has have been handed down by their fathers, and you can find some great bargains with unwanted tools at garage sales.
Musical instruments like cars, depreciate in value soon as they leave the shop floor. If you buy used items they will keep their value for much longer, and more often then not they will have a great story to tell and have added character.
You should always try to find ways to save your hard earned money, we hope these tips can help you with your money.
Source: Yahoo Finance