We all buy things. Just about every day most of us buy some thing or another. But how often do we buy used items? Over the summer of '09 I was unemployed. I wanted a set of dumbbells so I could workout in my apartment. Over the summer I went on Craigslist and purchased dumbbells... pair by pair, using the subway and my rolling suitcase. I ended up with a set ranging from 5lbs to 30lbs. I never paid more than 50 cents a pound. Had I purchased those same weights new, it would have cost me over $2 a pound! Needless to say, I saved a lot of money by going used.
Below I've included a link taking you to a great article about things you should consider getting used instead of new. A car is a perfect example. My brother and his wife just bought a 2008 Camry. It had quite a few highway miles but they knew the owner well and knew that the car was well cared for. They paid only $9,000 for that car. If they had purchased a NEW Camry (2010 model) like my father did, it would have cost them $21,500. As we all know, aside from the whole sticking-accelerator thing, Toyotas are great cars and will last a long time when well cared for. The only disadvantage of buying a car used is that you usually have to pay all cash for it, unless you want to get hit with a high interest rate. But if you have the cash, it's the way to go. My Dad scored 0% financing on his purchase, so that was pretty cool too.
Click here to see more items you may consider buying used to save your hard earned cash.