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Looking to Cut your Budget? Buy Used     

When you have a large family to look after, you need to make sure that you are not going over budget. Many families struggle to find the money to spend on big-ticket items but there are some alternatives that you can find if you spend some time looking.

In this article, we are going to tell you about some of the things that you can buy used in order to cut your budget. Keep reading to get some ideas to keep your purchases within your budget and your finances in check.


One of the best things that you can buy used is furniture. You will find that there are many stores that sell used or donated furniture for a fraction of the price. While some of this furniture might not look the best, you’ll likely find some hidden gems in there. Some of the common kinds of furniture that you can buy used include couches, tables and beds. Make sure to have a look if you want to cut your budget.


While it can be tempting to buy a new car due to all of the new features, this is not always the most cost-effective way to go about things. When you buy a used car, you can usually find an affordable and hip car for a fraction of the price. The great thing about buying used is that new cars depreciate in price anyway as soon as they are bought so you’ll get it for a reasonable price and won’t lose that much when you sell it on in the future.


Another thing that you should consider buying used if you want to cut your budget is a used TV. Many people decide to upgrade their TV because they want something a little bigger or they are decorating their living room. Of course, the TVs that they are replacing are still fully functioning most of the time and can be sold on to those who want to buy used. You can usually find used TVs online at sites like eBay or Facebook marketplace.


Finally, you should consider buying some of your appliances used as this will save you a lot of money. It can be hard to afford a new washing machine or dryer when yours breaks and you need to keep your family going. Make sure to have a look online or ask around in your local area and you might just be able to find something that suits.

Final Thoughts

If you are used to buying brand new items for your family, it might be time to make the swap. Buying used can save you a lot of money and you can have more to spend on other things that you need to invest in. It is possible to find unique furniture and hip cars amongst the selection so make sure to keep an eye out for these.

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Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. Hannah
    02/04/2020 / 6:08 pm

    Some good tips here on how to save on different things, especially with the cost of things going up

  2. 02/04/2020 / 2:16 pm

    This is a lovely post, I love checking out charity shops for furniture as it helps to save money that way.

  3. 02/02/2020 / 8:46 pm

    Great post and your right buying used/second hand can save SO much money! I buy all sorts of things used and you can so often find barely used items at a fraction of the cost. Local Facebook selling groups can be a great place to find used items and locally too so saving on any postage costs etc. xx

  4. 02/02/2020 / 8:22 pm

    It’s amazing how much money you can save by buying used – I definitely have got some great bargains!

  5. 02/02/2020 / 7:48 pm

    We generally always buy used to save some money – it isn’t very often we buy new unless we absolutely have to.

  6. 02/02/2020 / 1:41 pm

    We buy almost everythign we can used. It saves us so much money and suprisingly there are a ton of options.

  7. 02/02/2020 / 11:17 am

    Some really great tips and advice her . I always buy used and preloved where I can . Definitely save the pennies that way

  8. Rhian westbury
    02/02/2020 / 9:31 am

    There are so many things you can do to try and save money by buying used, and it helps the environment by giving items a second home and a new lease of life x

    02/01/2020 / 6:10 pm

    Buying used is a great way to cut costs and also minimise the waste in the environment. I try to donate items n good condition to charity shops – they help the people buying them as well as the charity the shop is raising for.

  10. Valerie
    02/01/2020 / 3:01 pm

    I have only ever bought one new car in my life, every other was used. I will only buy used cars now, it’s just so much more affordable and sensible, particularly if you know what to look for.

  11. 02/01/2020 / 12:55 pm

    Some really great tips! I need to start being more conscious of my spending and spending more time in charity shops, can find some real gems at times! Saving money wherever you can is always a bonus! Sim x

  12. Bella
    02/01/2020 / 12:06 am

    Such a great share, I found a lot of my stuff on crags list and I go antiquing

  13. 01/31/2020 / 8:32 pm

    I don’t see any problem with buying used as it pertains to saving money. Research used cars is so important though, so keep that in mind.

  14. Beth Ann
    01/31/2020 / 7:55 pm

    Our family loves thrifting and finding awesome deals. We have found amazing things for pretty cheap on Craigslist, too.

  15. 01/31/2020 / 7:08 pm

    A lot of modern appliances aren’t really made to last, unfortunately, as I think buying used goods is very environmentally friendly. I find buying good quality furniture and appliances that will last a long time is good for my budget in the long run. I also maintain things regularly to make sure they keep working well. For instance, I’ve had my washing machine for more than 10 years and it is still going strong.

  16. Jessica Collazo
    01/31/2020 / 6:31 pm

    I really find buying uaed furniture unnecessary. Just because now we hve amazon and ikea you can find furniture at affordable prices and they are brand new or have discounts. I like to buy used appliances because they are just a quick fix away from have a more useful life.

  17. 01/31/2020 / 5:43 pm

    These are great ideas.

    Especially with the popularity of Facebook marketplace now.

    I’ve seen some great bargains on there. I also try to donate things I no longer need in the hope that someone can make use of it to x

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