Budget Better: 14 things you should always buy used

Things You Should Never Buy New
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.


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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