We all want to save in this economy and I am here to tell you that you don't have to sacrifice having things you need and even want to make it. You have to shop smart and spend wisely though.
Second hand shopping is a good way to spend less but still get the things you need. Bargain hunting does take a little time to learn the best places to go and where the deals are found. Once you have that information then it's happy hunting to you.
Once you begin second hand shopping, you will find that for some things, you will spend far less than new and if you are lucky, you may even get better quality for less. The key is know your prices at local stores. When you know what you would pay for a new item; you will know if you are looking at a steal of a price or something you just need to pass on.
What are some of the things you can generally expect to find at better prices?
Clothes- clothes are one of the top deals. You can get name brands at a fraction of the cost. Be sure to check for tears, wear, missing buttons or other issues.
Furniture- Furniture can be a good bargain but know your prices and check to be sure the piece is sturdy and undamaged
Books- these are often real steals. I have stacks I have found at $1 or less.
Home decor- Often these things are not touched or used so they go off to thrift stores looking great. Why buy new for a little accent piece when you can make a great find.
Let's hear from our members! What are some of the things you have done better with buying second hand?