Whether you’re looking to spruce up your place with a new piece of furniture, update your wardrobe, or replace a broken appliance, buying used can be a great way to get the goods that you need and still be saving money you can use to eliminate credit card debt.
Where to Find Used Items
These days there are more used goods markets than ever. For clothing and other smaller items, you have the option to shop at brick and mortar stores or search online markets and have the items shipped to you. For larger merchandise like appliances, there are a number of ways to find local sellers so you can pick up whatever you’re purchasing without paying delivery or shipping costs. The money you save by not paying extra for brand new items can be used to pay off debts.
Traditional Used Goods Sources:
- Used Goods Retailers – Goodwill is the most well-known source for all kinds of used items. However, more and more smaller, locally owned stores are specializing in selling used items. Some carry primarily clothing while others offer used sporting goods and equipment.
- Flea Markets and Yard Sales – These local sources for used items are usually only open or running on weekends, but you can often find great deals on everything from jewelry or clothing to instruments and furniture.
- Newspaper Classified Section – Your local paper can still be a great source for finding gently used treasures. The advantage of searching the classifieds is that the items you find are sure to be in your vicinity. Many yard sale locations and times can also be found listed in the classified section.
Online Sources for Used Goods:
- Ebay – Once an auction only site, Ebay.com now features “buy it now” and other set-price options allowing people around the world to buy and sell used merchandise of all kinds, brands, and sizes. The site’s search function enables users to quickly find anything they need and see its condition. Ebay also operates a lesser-known sister site called Half.com where users can find used textbooks, games, and more.
- Craigslist – Dubbed the online classifieds, Craigslist allows users to select a geographic region and search for used goods in their region and then narrow results to within a certain number of miles. Craigslist is the best source for larger items like appliances or furniture because it connects people within a certain area and allows them to coordinate a pickup time. Plus, you’ll pay cash for purchases, which is always a good way to reduce credit card debt.
Additional Buying Used Options
There are many options available for buying used that aren’t included here. In addition to local sellers of used items, Amazon is expanding into the used market, and many online electronics retailers are now offering refurbished items.
In terms of how to reduce credit card debt, it is critical that you investigate all of your options for buying used when needs arise. That way you will be sure to save as much as possible in order to stick to your budget and stay on track to achieve your financial goals.
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