6 Things You Should Always Buy Used

Never Buy These Things New

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It's always exciting to find a decent used item for far less than you'd pay for new. Some pieces are so costly new and easy to find used that it doesn't even make sense to buy them in retail stores.

Here's a list of six things you should almost always buy used.

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    Baby and Children's Clothing

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    Babies, toddlers, and young children outgrow their clothes fast—and they stain them with all sorts of substances. It makes little sense to buy them new.

    Instead, hit the racks at garage sales and thrift stores for used children's clothing that sells for a song. Many items are—or look—brand new because sometimes kids grow so fast they don't have a chance to wear newer clothing.

    It's perfectly fine to mix used clothing in with new items you receive as shower and holiday gifts. If you prefer having all top-quality and high-end clothing in your kid's closet, head to your local children's consignment shop for upscale finds.

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    Today's stainless flatware tends to have practical characteristics more so than enchanting formal patterns. If you're willing to whip out a polishing cloth on occasion, consider investing in a set of real silverware.

    But, there's no need to buy it at full price. You'll find lovely sets for less money at estate sales and antique malls. Many homeowners who have downsized are liquidating estates that include formal silverware.

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    Sports and Exercise Equipment

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    Before you invest hundreds (or even thousands) on a pricey piece of sports or exercise equipment, try to find a used version first. You'll find items in thrift stores, yard sales, and notices posted on online neighborhood groups. Many homeowners rather give away their exercise equipment for pennies than keep them as places to drape clothing.

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    If you're counting down the days until a book's release, it is worth the cost to buy it new. If you're browsing randomly for something to read or collecting volumes for a home library, it pays to save money by buying used books. Inexpensive used books are especially easy to find at thrift stores, indoor flea markets, and yard sales.

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    Specialty Kitchen Appliances

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    Don't blow big bucks buying new and trendy specialty appliances. Instead, buy yours at a yard sale or thrift store. If you're looking for something specific, put the word out on neighborhood apps and you may find someone in town who coincidentally wants to give an appliance a good home.

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    Movies and Music

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    Now that the world has gone digital, it's easier and cheaper than ever to buy used DVDs and CDs of movies and music at garage sales and thrift stores. Except for curated or high-end markets, most flea markets have at least one seller who specializes in nothing but. When the cost of buying used is less than the cost of downloading a single song, it doesn't make much sense to buy new.