Let someone else do all the hard work breaking these things in.
1. Exercise equipment
There’s a good chance exercise equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and dumbbells, are still in good condition.
“Many people buy these items with the intentions of starting a regimen but fall off quickly and then try to unload these bulky goods that take up too much room,” says consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch.
Just make sure to research the brand and test the equipment before you buy, she says. In addition to the usual spots like garage sales, a local gym that’s getting renovated might be selling old equipment at killer prices, says Woroch.
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2. Hand tools
There are so many used hand tools like hammers and wrenches on the market that there’s no reason to buy new, says Shelton.
If you’re on the market, he recommends checking out a surprising spot.
“Pawnshops are a great place for used tools,” says Shelton.
“A lot of times they’re coming from trade because people change jobs.”
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3. Gift cards
“Buying gift cards used may seem like an unusual idea, but it’s actually becoming more mainstream as a unique way to save money,” says Woroch. You can save 10 to 30 percent on store credit at your go-to shops, or gift cards to give as presents, she says.
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