Buy Used Goods To Save Money

As I continue in the Variable Expenses section of the How To Live Totally Free plan today I discuss how to save money on clothing, furniture, household goods, and other items. The best way to cut costs with these is to buy used goods to save money. Also called “thrifting” this way allows you to get the items you need for your home without having to spend so much money.

Why You Should Buy Used Goods To Save Money

The main reason why you should buy used goods to save money is so you don’t overspend. However, there is another good reason: There are plenty of gently-used furniture, electronics, etc. available online and offline.

We always think to go to the store to get whatever we need. Yet, our neighbors sell those items at a lower price. Or you can head over to a thrift store to find them too. Yes, it takes more time to find the item you need. However, the price savings are worth it. Especially if you need to buy high-ticket items like furniture or certain electronics. I currently need some furniture for my new place and I’m going to buy some of it used.

How To Start

So how do you start shopping this way? First, you need to determine what you need. It could be you need a new TV or some glassware. Then figure out if you want to shop physically in the store or websites online. If you choose the later you can check out the following:

  • Goodwill
  • Salvation Army
  • Plato’s Closet
  • Local thrift stores
  • Estate sales
  • Yard/Garage sales

If you want to shop online but want to pick up locally you can use the following sites:

  • Craigslist
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • OfferUp
  • Nextdoor

Finally, you can shop online and have the items shipped from the following sites:

  • Ebay
  • Mercari
  • Poshmark
  • Decluttr

If you miss any of the posts of the How To Live Totally Free series you can find all the posts here.

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