There’s a good chance exercise equipment like treadmills, ellipticals, and dumbbells, are still in good condition. “Many people buy these items with the intentions of starting a regimen but fall off quickly and then try to unload these bulky goods that take up too much room,” says consumer and money-saving expert Andrea Woroch. Just make sure to research the brand and test the equipment before you buy, she says. In addition to the usual spots like Craigslist and garage sales, a local gym that’s getting renovated might be selling old equipment at killer prices, says Woroch. Don’t miss the 14 tiny splurges that’s sucking tons of money out of your wallet.
Anything with a lifetime warranty
Even if an item isn’t in top quality, a lifetime warranty guarantees the company will fix or replace it. And you don’t have to worry about showing proof of purchase either, says Brent Shelton, online shopping expert for fatwallet.com. “If you are not the original owner, one of their marketing missions is that by [fixing or replacing], they can create new customers,” he says. Keep an eye out for used food storage containers, JanSport and EastPak bags, Fiskars scissors, Pampered Chef kitchen products, and Briggs & Riley luggage. Those companies will either send back the same item repaired, send a replacement, or issue store credit, says Shelton. Follow these 17 money-saving habits from people who are great savers.
There are so many used hand tools like hammers and wrenches on the market that there’s no reason to buy new, says Shelton. If you’re on the market, he recommends checking out a surprising spot. “Pawnshops are a great place for used tools,” says Shelton. “A lot of times they’re coming from trade because people change jobs.” Bonus points if you find one with a lifetime warranty. These are the 13 things rich people never waste their money on.