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Last week I started a series about my favorite websites for saving money. So far I’ve talked about sites that help you comparison shop, and sites that help you get discounts. Today, I list my favorite spots to find used stuff.

Buying Used

Of course, you can often buy used items on eBay, Half.com, or Amazon. As every penny-pinching college student knows, used textbooks work just as well as the new ones. And it’s not unusual to find exactly what you’re looking for on eBay, practically new, but substantially cheaper.

I also like to buy used items from thriftstores, yard sales, and Craigslist. I haven’t figure out how to use the internet to buy things from thriftstores, but I’ll let you know when I do.

Most of you probably already know about Craigslist, the free classifieds website. If there is a Craigslist for your area, it is a great way to find deals. You can find everything from jobs to toys, but I find it especially helpful for more expensive items like appliances or furniture.

Even if you are familiar with Craigslist already, you may not be aware of a neat feature: you can search for an item and then sign up for an RSS feed of that search. This is convenient if you are looking for something specific, but don’t have to buy it right away.

I also use my local newspaper’s online classified ads when I am looking for yard sale deals. When Tim and I got married, we wanted to furnish our house without going into debt, so we bought most of our furniture at yard sales. Every Friday we would get on the website, find all of the yard sales, and then search the yard sales for furniture. We would copy all of the interesting ones into one document. Then Tim would map them (using Google maps or some other mapping website) and put them in order by location. This may seem tedious, but it helped us avoid wasting time by getting lost or going to yard sales that did not interest us.

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If you enjoyed this post, be sure to read about my other favorite websites.

Favorite Money Saving Websites Part 1: Comparison Shopping

Favorite Money Saving Websites Part 2: Discounts

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