Being frugal can be difficult. Pre-owned items are often as good as new and can save you money. There are, however, items we in Grand Junction, Colorado, simply refuse to buy used.

When it comes to topics such as this, the wise thing to do is take the matter to social media. You've never steered us wrong. I asked on Facebook, "What is something you would never buy used?" Here's what you had to say.

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Sometimes It's Wise To Buy 'Used'

No matter what it is you need to buy, there are alternatives to purchasing the item new. According to Reader's Digest, savings experts say that in many cases buying new is overrated.

Gently used items can still have a long lifespan, and you can enjoy significant savings off the price you would pay if you bought the item new. It’s a great method to help lower bills. Plus, find out more ways you’re wasting money without realizing it. - Bobbi Dempsey in Reader's Digest


Used Items That Can Be Wise Investments

According to Reader's Digest, the following items are great candidates when it comes to buying used:

  • Exercise equipment
  • Anything with a lifetime warranty
  • Hand tools
  • Gift cards
  • Tech gadgets
  • Espresso machines
  • Sports gear
  • Vehicles
  • Furniture
  • Bikes
  • Clothing
  • Musical instruments
  • Textbooks
  • Smartphones
  • Large appliances
  • Yard tools and equipment
  • Toys
  • Wedding accessories
  • Jewelry

In The Eye of the Beholder

Okay, I can see buying some used furniture. I have a preference for antiques, anyway. I can see yard tools, too. When it comes to musical instruments, there's something to be said for older equipment. It's hard to beat a 60s model Fender, a classic Martin, or an aged woodwind. When it comes to textbooks, don't you just love it when someone has already underlined the important stuff?

I can't quite get on board with clothing. Sure, if you need a particular color sport coat, used is a good way to go. Aside from that, though, it's not my thing. Saving money with a used vehicle is awesome, but you often have the misfortune of inheriting someone else's problems.

Grand Junction's Picks

The gallery below contains your picks for items you would never buy used. Peruse the gallery and you'll quickly pick up on some common themes.

Grand Junction Refuses To Purchase These Used Items

Every now and then it pays to buy used. You can save a little money on a wide variety of items.

There are, however, everyday items many of us don't want to purchase secondhand. Some are obvious. I asked on Facebook, "What is something you would never buy used?"

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