Although I admit that new can sometimes be very nice, old or used can be just as good! Here are some examples of used goodies that are even better than new:
- Books and magazines: Go to your neighborhood library and take out a book or flip through their magazines. You can also buy used books that look practically brand new from websites such as Amazon, or trade them on the web at Swap.com.
- Animals: There are plenty of cute pets waiting to be loved at your local shelter. Remember adopting older dogs has its benefits too. For example, you won't need to bother with potty training, and most dogs calm down after they pass the rapscallion puppy stage.
- Designer bags: Vintage bags give the classic brand names a one-of-a-kind twist (after all, you don't see these golden oldies in stores anymore!). You can also consider renting a handbag from Avelle's Bag Borrow or Steal.
To find out what other "old" stuff are just as good as the new, read more.
- Furniture: There are plenty of great deals on Craigslist, and if your friends or neighbors are giving away their old furniture, that's even better. Don't be afraid to check out thrift stores as well, you can find some unique pieces with great price tags. Keep in mind that in-store furniture samples are a good buy too — that's how I managed to buy my designer $1,099 Crate & Barrel couch for $250.
- Residences: Ah, the great rent vs. buy debate! It depends on whether buying a house is within your means and what state your finances are in. Renting is not always a bad thing; sometimes it's a more sensible choice for people who are living more transient lifestyles. Remember the seven-year rule: seriously consider renting if you're going to be in a place for less than seven years. You should also be aware that the housing market is really unsteady right now, and no matter what experts say, it's hard to predict how the economy is going to fare.
- Information: Historical knowledge will never grow old. Reading current news is great, but learning more about history can sometimes be even better. You'll be able to make more solid arguments and form opinions that are well-rounded and supported by past examples. You'll also gain a deeper understanding of human nature.