4 Things You Should Always Buy Used (Or Can Easily Find For Free)

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library-by-library-mistress.jpg I hate paying full price for anything. If I can find a coupon, a discount code, a rebate, you can bet your house I’m going to use it! I don’t care if it’s just for a few pennies off.

So, call me a penny-pincher, a frugalist, whatever. With a recession well in swing, and being self-employed, I have to save everywhere I can.

One interesting thing I’ve discovered is there are a lot of things that you don’t have to pay full price for.

In fact, there are a number of things that you should never pay full price for. Among them are these items which you can usually find cheaper used… or even FREE:

  • Clothes. Can you say thrift stores?
  • Software. There is a lot of really good freeware and shareware available that is every bit as good as software you can purchase. For example, consider using Open Office as a substitute for Microsoft Office.
  • Books. Many books — even bestsellers — are going to wind up in thrift stores not long after they are published. Or you can check them out at the library.
  • Exercise equipment. I see exercise equipment that would normally be really high priced in thrift stores all the time, and it’s usually in good condition. It should be relatively easy to find used exercise equipment that is still in good condition.

Did you know that Goodwill has gone high tech? Well, it has. Goodwill now has its own online auction site!