Aside from putting a moratorium on spending, the best way to save money is to buy used.
I'm an avid garage sale hound. I've decorated my home, added to my antique, book, and video collections, and found many a useful item and tools for around the farmstead.
About the only things I never look for at garage sales are clothes, mostly because I'm short and I have a hard time finding things I like even at retail. Yet, last week I hit an estate sale and found the jacket I had been looking for in like-new condition, for only five bucks.
I have a sister who would never dream of buying anything used. My philosophy is exactly the opposite. There are very few things I'd insist on buying new, computers being one of them.
Not that I wouldn't pick up a used laptop, but a work computer is different. I need a really fast processor and lots of space for my memory hog programs. I'd probably frown on buying used underwear too, but for different reasons. \o/
Furniture, tools, and decorative items are always on my radar. People with kids swear by garage sales for kids' clothes, which makes sense since they grow out of them so quickly.
I'm hoping our next car will be used. There are no perks to new. The moment you drive off the lot it starts to depreciate.
I like used things. They have character. Kind of like me. :grin:
How do you feel about used? Do you prefer the new and shiny if you can afford it? Is there any one thing you'd never buy used?