Okay, so it’s not a huge secret. Everyone who knows me, knows that I like a good deal. My mama taught me how to shop! I simply cannot buy anything at full price; it goes against every fiber of my being. It needs to be on sale. And 10% off is *not* a sale! I like a good 40-60% off, thank you very much.
Better yet, how about 80% off? Yes, it’s possible. If you’re willing to hunt. And everyone knows the hunt is the fun part!
Where to Find the Deals
When Hubby and I bought our first home back in 1998, we had so little money and so many needs. First off, we had a massive lawn and no lawn mower. That’s when we discovered classifieds sites like UsedOttawa.com. Not only did we find a lawn mower, but we met a very interesting person – the elderly gentleman who no longer needed his and was happy to see it go to a new home. Ten years later, when we needed to replace this same lawn mower, we were so happy with our first online classifieds experience that we again turned online and found another secondhand one.
Since then, we’ve bought too many items to count…appliances, an amazing play structure forthe backyard, gorgeous solid wood furniture for the kids’ rooms, a top-of-the-line bike trailer when the kids were too young to ride on their own….oh, and we can’t forget the pop-up camper trailer!
Avoiding the Landfill
And while we first started using online classifieds to save money as a young couple starting out, we now use them for another reason: the environment. It just feels wrong to send something out to the curb when you know it’s going to end up in a landfill. So we never just throw things out. I will clean it up for the next owners, list it on UsedOttawa.com and if it doesn’t sell, I will deliver it to Value Village or the Salvation Army.
Got Questions? Want Tips?
I’m a bit of an old hat now with the online classifieds. I’ve learned what will sell, and what won’t. What key information to include in a listing, and what to avoid. So tell me what your questions are…I’ll answer them all in a follow-up post!
P.S. I took the UsedEverywhere.com “What’s your BIG deal personality” quiz and discovered that I was a “The Savvy Spender.” That sounds about right to me, although I was a bit surprised that I didn’t get “The Hunter.” But what about you? Are you a Flipper or maybe a DIY Diva? Take the quiz and tell me what you get! (Plus, a chance to win $500 cash or a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3!)
Thanks go to UsedEverywhere.com for sponsoring this blog post! #UsedHelps