I have a confession to make. Although I don’t spend much money I do have a nasty habit of when I need something buying it new. I’ve always been this way. I guess it’s a convenience thing, I don’t know. Lately I’ve been trying to look at the second-hand market more than usual and trying to change this habit of mine. There is a huge used market waiting to be tapped by the frugal minded and those wishing to reduce waste.
I have a friend who is an absolute genius when it comes to tapping the used market. The man can find incredible deals on everything from shoes to tools. Over the weekend he was looking for a spare tire for a boat trailer. It would cost $120.00 new, but he was able to find one used with excellent tread for only $5.00!! That’s amazing!!
He is always telling me how I should take my time to look for things used instead of buying new. It shames me that this is a basic principle of a frugal lifestyle and yet one I have failed to implement into my way of living.
A few weeks ago I was reading and article on how to rejuvenate an old grill. It was fascinating to see how they took this old weather-beaten grill that had faded with exposure to the sun and made it look new again. I decided that I would look on Craigslist to see if I could find something worth salvaging and although I’ve yet to find a grill I did find a couple of lawnmowers that were free!
A guy had listed a couple of self-propelled mowers that were free to anyone wanting to pick them up. They needed a little work, but I decided that I could fix them and turn around and sell them covering the cost of the mower I bought last year. That means my already low home maintenance costs are even lower now but that’s not all. While I was there the guy asked if I was interested in a weed eater he was wanting to get rid of as well, free! He said the only problem was that it smoked when running and he decided to buy a new one. I took it home drained the gas and made sure it had the proper gas/oil mix. The thing runs great without any problems. I was needing a weed eater and now I have one that cost me nothing saving me even more in home maintenance costs.
What is your experience with purchasing things used? Are you a pro like my friend or still trying to develop your skills like me? I would love to hear your experiences.