If you’re looking for ways to save money while also helping the environment, it’s time to consider bargain hunting for secondhand items online and from local sellers. Not only will you save some major coin, but you also won’t be consuming further resources by buying something that is already made and in use. Not sure where to get started? Consider these common household items.
These common household essentials can add up over time, especially if you buy them all in one shot. One surefire way to save some coin, though, is to scour online sites such as Craigslist or swing by local garage sales and flea markets. Ask if you can test the item on-site to ensure that it’s been gently used. If it involves a power cord, give is a once-over for any defects.
You can easily save hundreds of dollars on various big ticket tech items and gadgets if you buy them secondhand. Tired of purchasing everything online? The next time you’re perusing the shelves in a big box store, such as Canadian Tire or Best Buy, ask about purchasing an open-box or floor model TV, phone or laptop, for example. Trust us, no one will notice the difference, especially if your living room is as stunning as this beauty from Making it Home with Kortney and Kenny.
This one might come as a bit of a surprise but, more often than not, exercise equipment (think: dumbbells, treadmills and ellipticals) are typically still in good working condition if you buy them used. Why is that? Because many people, despite their best intentions, often eventually drop their exercise regimens and are looking to offload their bulky equipment. Just do a little research on the brand before committing and make sure you have ample space for the bigger pieces, as seen here with this gem from the Save My Reno team.
It’s a temptation many pet parents have felt: the desire to spoil your fluffy companion. However, there are ways to cut corners and save some money in the process. For starters, consider buying a secondhand crate for your pooch. More often than not, they’ll still be in great condition and it’s something you can pass on down the road to another friend or relative once your pup is ready for a new (and perhaps bigger) space.
In the grand tradition of millennials everywhere, forgo buying a brand new bike for top dollar and instead scour websites or swing by garage sales for the used variety. Sometimes, if you’re lucky, the bike’s original owner will have cast it aside simply because it’s missing a chain or the seat is warped – quick fixes you can do yourself if you’re so inclined. You can sail through city streets or bike paths knowing you didn’t break the bank over your most recent purchase.
Books and Textbooks
Chances are, this one is already on your radar. If you still prefer to hold a book (versus a tablet), one way to cut down on expenses is to buy them secondhand. And we’re not just talking the latest bestselling titles (and those darn expensive hardcover copies). If you’re a student looking to save some coin, see if your local indie bookstore sells textbooks that you’ll need for classes. More often than not, former students offload at bookstores for the next generation.
Upholstered Couches and Other Furniture
Check out local garage sales, flea markets and antique sellers for furniture bargains. Some sellers even advertise newly upholstered items such as couches and chairs – just be sure to take a seat on it first to test its comfort level. If you’re the DIY type, you could also buy an older piece in need of a little TLC and do the legwork yourself as a fun summer or winter project. Bonus: you’ll save plenty of money in the process. Want to see more renovations from the Property Brothers? We’ve got you covered with this picture-perfect renovation.
If you’ve got an eclectic aesthetic and don’t mind terribly if your major appliances don’t necessarily match one another (or jibe with the shade of your navy cabinetry, as seen here on Scott’s Vacation House Rules), consider buying them secondhand. Negotiate a price online or with a local seller in your area – you just might be surprised by how much you save.
Thrifting is having a moment. In some cases, you can save upwards of 80 per cent on everything from jeans and jackets to sweaters and even baby clothes. Check out resale sites or check out one of these websites for making money off your used clothes. For tips, check out these thrifting secrets from a former thrift store employee.
Looking to add a splash of colour, eclectic ambiance or dollop of history to your space? Check out your local antique store for a vast array of decor pieces that will make your living room, kitchen or even bedroom unique. Why buy everything brand new when you can literally get everything from chairs and lamps to typewriters and various knick-knacks on the cheap.