Last summer I posted a list of ways I save money. This is something I'm constantly working on --- but one of my favorite ways to save is to never pay full price for anything. I try for deals and at times buy things used - such as furniture or books.
When I was an undergrad paying for all my textbooks I learned very quickly how expensive they could be. So I searched high and low to find the best deals on every book. I'm back in school now and I was reminded of this as I was in the school bookstore. $200 for a business law book? You've got to be kidding me. I can tell you there are about 50 things I'd rather spend $200 on then a textbook! And if you know me - you know just how far that $200 would go! It may take a little more time and effort but in the end searching for the best deal always pays off.
But another way to save money is to make more of it by cleaning house.
One of my good friends, Laurie, is awesome at finding things she doesn't need or want and selling them on sites like Craigslist. This is one thing I would love to be better at in the coming year. The couple times I've posted used stuff ads I've been pretty successful and I'll tell you - there's nothing like the feeling of getting rid of something you didn't really need or want to begin with. And if you can make some money on it - all the better!
Need a couple jump starters? Go around your house with a box. In each room, look for 3 items you haven't used in the past 6 months. Next look for anything you own that isn't functional. A small appliance you never use? A piece of furniture that doesn't fit in the room? Box it or photograph it and find a way to sell it or donate it. Your house will be less cluttered and you will feel great knowing you've found those items new homes!
Do you buy or sell used items? If so what?