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Buying used

June 21st, 2010 at 12:45 am

This "Buy Used" challenge is helping me so much.

Here are some purchases I've passed up on so far this month, mostly out of laziness, because I wasn't motivated enough to track down a used version of it:

Wig $300
Teapot $40
Vermicomposter $90

The great thing about this challenge is that it allows me to continue saving money even when I'm ahead on my budget. For example, right now mint.com says I'm $240 ahead on my budget this month. (That means: if I were to spend $240 right now, the percent spent in my food/gas/fun category would match the percent of time passed so far this month.) If I weren't on this challenge, that $240 would be spent in a heartbeat on whatever urge happens to come up.

But even though I have $240 "available" for spending, I still don't plan to spend it right now. Why? Because spending it would involve effort. Research. Googling. Car trips to obscure places. I'd rather just relax with a nice cup of tea and enjoy my Sunday.

Buying Used - the best way for lazy people to save money! (I'm kidding of course ... by "lazy" I just mean people who value their time.)

2 Responses to “Buying used”

  1. Jerry Says:

    I just bought a pair of beautiful, worn-once paddock boots on eBay, and the lady was selling them for about 1/6th their original cost. My wife will love them, and we have the insurance of getting a high-quality item that was scarcely used. I think it makes all the sense in the world!
    Jerry

  2. mikesoner Says:

    If you are faced with the reality of having to wear wigs because of hair loss, you may feel depressed and overwhelmed. Women take pride in their hair, so having it lost to be replaced with a wig can be a difficult reality to face. However, with a positive outlook and the right kind of wig, this new reality can be easy to get used to. If that isní»t enough encouragement, maybe these fun wig facts can help!

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