There are times when we have to purchase items that cost a lot of money. Items such as appliances, furniture, and computers, are expensive, but they don’t have to be.
Ways to save money on big ticket items:
Craig’s List– They have categories for everything. We have purchased a bed, desk, and bookcase on Craig’s list for a fraction of the cost. This is also a great way to get rid of things too.
Buy Refurbished – We just bought a new computer but paid several hundred dollars less because we purchased a refurbished one. We have also purchased a mixer and an iPod this way. Refurbished items come with warranties and can save you hundreds of dollars.
Buy a floor model– We purchased our washer as a floor model and saved about 30% off the purchase price. We have also purchased floor model furniture and saved a significant amount of money. Look for open box deals too.
Buy unclaimed items– When I had my sewing machine in the shop I found out that you can buy unclaimed items for the price of the repair.
Negotiate with cash- Money talks. When you pay with cash, stores avoid paying the credit card fees as well as receive instant payment for goods.
Get the word out- Let people know that you are in the market for a certain item. It is amazing how many times I have heard about people getting things for free or almost free just because they let others know about their need.
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