My most favorite way to save money is to buy used. This is mostly because it involves shopping at thrift stores, which are some of my favorite places to shop. There are always deals to be had, and you see so much interesting stuff - some things worth buying, and some things just worth looking at and wondering what people were thinking. I definitely recommend taking a list with you so that you don't get side-tracked by all of the shiny things and great prices. Because most things are an amazing deal, it's very easy to talk yourself into buying something you didn't need when you walked in the door but now are going to die without. We do not buy everything used, obvious second-hand stores do not sell things like food and toiletries. I'm also very particular that everything I buy must be able to be washed and sanitized properly - if it can't then I don't buy it. In addition, I don't buy things like under garments and shoes, but that's just my personal preference, they do sell them if that's your thing. I have not only found clothing for my son, but also my plus-sized self. My husband has trouble since he is tall and husky, but he does sometimes get lucky. I am in LOVE with the household items - I have found such beautiful and unique decor, baskets, and storage over the years. Howard's favorite section, by far, is the books. He knows that if he is good he can pick out a few 'new' books before we leave, and at $0.49 a piece you can't really go wrong.
So, the next time you are in need of a new shirt, DVD, book, or wine glass, try to buy used first. Buying second-hand is guaranteed to save you at least half if not more than buying new, and that's a great way to save money!
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