When you give a gift, you want to give something new. But when buying for yourself, does it make sense to pay full price for something new when you could save hundreds, possibly thousands, of dollars by opting for pre-owned?
A new car goes down significantly in value the minute you drive it off the lot. Furniture is only worth half of what you paid for it a year later, if you can even sell it to someone else. Even smaller purchases, such as a baby carriage, toys, sporting goods, and clothes, can add up to huge savings.
Check your local papers or apps like OfferUp and Ebay to find what you need, without paying full price!