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Saving Money by Buying Pre-Owned Merchandise

By: Joshua Unseth-- 2010-04-17 2:00 am --

Are you looking for ways to save money on everything from clothes to household items? One way to do this is to reuse and recycle what you already own, and to buy used for things you don't own. There are quite a few places to help you buy used items, and some places where you can get things you need at no cost.

If you have children you know how fast they grow and how they can quickly wear out clothes. Instead of buying new clothes for them, try saving some money and buying your clothes at garage sales. Most of the times you can find great clothes that look brand new. The same applies for household items. If you have the choice of a blender that costs $25.00 at a store or a blender that costs $1.00 at a garage sale, the obvious choice is the garage sale. If you are unsure of things from garage sales, ask the owners if you can test out the item to make sure it works well. Most people are happy to comply with this request.

Freecyle is a great resource for used merchandise. This website has local chapters where people can request something they need and offer things they do not need. Before you buy landscaping materials or plants, check out Freecycle. You may be able to find what you need for free while helping something avoid the landfills. Freecycle is free to join and a great resource for someone trying to save money. I have gotten many great things from this site, including a rug, plants, clothes, and decorations for my home.

Another great resource for saving money is used paint. Most cities have a disposal site for used paint and varnishes. What some people don't know is that any resident can visit this site to take paint as well. This is a good resource if you have a small area you need to paint and don’t need full gallons or maybe the children want a little bit of paint for an outdoor project. To find the hazardous waste drop off site in your area, check your counties website for the location.

If you are looking for something specific and can't find it at a garage sale or on freecyle, check out used stores. A few good ones are Savers or Goodwill. The merchandise at these stores are in good condition and less expensive than a regular retail store. Also, these stores donate a portion of the proceeds to charity. If you have to spend money at least you are helping a good cause.

Do you have any other frugal tips on how to save money by recycling and reusing? Share your tips in the comments.