It seems everyone is exploring new and novel ways to save money. But sometimes in our quest for fresh ideas, we forget the basics that served us so well in the past.
When that happens, take a step back and brush up on those neglected, tried-and-true methods.
Here are seven classic money-saving tips worth another look:
1. Buy used
Let someone else take depreciation on the chin. Buying used cars, secondhand appliances in good working order, and gently used clothes and books is one of the best money-saving moves.
Don’t wait until you need an item to buy it; instead plan ahead. Think about what your family will need three months or six months down the road.
Then, look for bargains. During the dog days of summer, scour thrift stores for great winter clothes. In autumn, pick up a used patio set from the classifieds.