Budget Better: 14 things you should always buy used

Things You Should Never Buy New

One man's trash is another man's treasure.

While there are some things you should definitely buy new, there are a ton of other items that you're better off buying secondhand.

The savviest of shoppers know that sometimes buying pre-owned products is the best way to score a deal. Trust us, there are some great previously worn or used items you can buy on a tight budget that don't sacrifice quality.

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Items you foresee replacing after a short period of time, like essentials for your rapidly growing children, are wise secondhand purchases. For example, you may want to consider buying used versions of baby clothes, baby toys and school textbooks that will become ill-fitting or irrelevant in a few short months.

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States where Americans pay the highest in state income taxes
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California

State income tax: 1% to 13.3% 

Maine

State income tax: 5.8% to 10.15%

Oregon

State income tax: 5% to 9.9%

Minnesota

State income tax: 5.35% to 9.85%

Iowa

State income tax: 0.36% to 8.98%

New Jersey

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.97%

Vermont

State income tax: 3.55% to 8.95%

Washington, DC

State income tax: 4% to 8.95%

New York

State income tax: 4% to 8.82%

Hawaii

State income tax: 1.4% to 8.25%

Wisconsin

State income tax: 4% to 7.65%

Idaho

State income tax: 1.6% to 7.4%

South Carolina

State income tax: 0% to 7%

Connecticut

State income tax: 3% to 6.99%

Arkansas

State income tax: 0.9% to 6.9%

Montana

State income tax: 1% to 6.9%

Nebraska

State income tax: 2.46% to 6.84%

Delaware

State income tax: 2.2% to 6.6%

West Virginia

State income tax: 3% to 6.5%

Georgia

State income tax: 1% to 6%

Kentucky

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Louisiana

State income tax: 2% to 6%

Missouri

State income tax: 1.5% to 6%

Rhode Island

State income tax: 3.75% to 5.99%

Maryland

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

North Carolina

State income tax: 5.75%

Virginia

State income tax: 2% to 5.75%

Oklahoma

State income tax: 0.5% to 5.25%

Massachusetts

State income tax: 5.1%

Alabama

State income tax: 2% to 5%

Mississippi

State income tax: 3% to 5%

Utah

State income tax: 5%

Ohio

State income tax: 0.495% to 4.997%

New Mexico

State income tax: 1.7% to 4.9%

Colorado

State income tax: 4.63%

Kansas

State income tax: 2.7% to 4.6%

Arizona

State income tax: 2.59% to 4.54%

Michigan

State income tax: 4.25%

Illinois

State income tax: 3.75%

Indiana

State income tax: 3.3%

Pennsylvania

State income tax: 3.07%

North Dakota

State income tax: 1.1% to 2.9%

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Why not buy your DVDs, video games, and books secondhand? As long as discs aren't scratched or pages aren't torn, you can find handed-down versions at a fraction of their original costs.

So check out your local thrift shop and keep your eyes peeled for garage sales in your neighborhood. You never know what hidden gems you'll find at a hugely discounted price.

Click through the slideshow below for the best items to buy used:

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14 items you should always buy used
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DVDs and videogames

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Textbooks

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Weights 

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Kitchenware

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Furniture

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Tool kits

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Baby clothes

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Designer clothing

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Previously owned pets from animal shelters 

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Cars

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Houses

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Books

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Baby toys

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Jewelry

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