5 Household Items You Should Always Purchase Used

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Buying new household items can get expensive. By purchasing gently used items, you can save quite a bit of money. While some items should always be purchased new, here are five that you should never buy new.

Baby Gear
You only want the best for your new bundle of joy, but baby gear can get very pricey. And, let’s face it, babies grow so quickly that they outgrow their gear very fast. Here is a handy list of everything baby that you can buy used and save. Here is a helpful list of everything that you can safely buy used when it comes to furnishing your new nursery.

Dishes
Dishes are one household item that does not wear out. Yard sales are often the perfect place to find dish sets that you can add to your kitchen. You will often find yourself saving about 80% off of store prices. The only thing you may have to watch out for on this one is if it is a complete set or if some of the pieces have been broken.

Tools
Unless you are a construction worker or craftsman, chances are you do not use your tools every day. Most of us rarely have to pull out our hammers and screwdrivers, let alone drills and chainsaws. Why pay full price for items that sit in a tool box most of the time?

Sports/Exercise Equipment
Sports and exercise equipment are other items that can get pricey. Whether you want to take up a new hobby sport or build a home gym, if you are buying new, it can cost you a lot of your hard earned money. Gently used equipment is still going to work the same, but it is going to save you a lot of money in the long run. This article by U.S. News will give you some tips on where to find used sporting equipment.

Furniture
Whether sofas, office furnishings, or kitchen tables, gently used furniture is a great way to save hundreds of dollars at a time. You can shop at local flea markets and yard sales to find great deals on these items. Find furniture that is in good condition and if you don’t like the fabric or finish, you can always refurbish it. A quick coat of paint or a slip cover can quickly transform a used piece of furniture into a new (to you) masterpiece.