No matter what you are trying to buy, there are always deals availalble if you are willing to do some work.  Below is a list of of sources that are used by bargain hunters who are living on a tight budget.

The Top Source is Ebay

eBay is the top online auction site. If you have never heard of eBay, it has been online for many years and it is a very simple service to use. The way it works is that people who have items to sell, auction them off to the highest bidder. This means that you can acquire items at deeply discounted prices. The most important way to look for items that you need is to find out the retail price. If there is a model number, you will need this as well as the current retail price before you do a search on eBay for an auction. This is the only way that you can make a determination as to what is a good price for the item you are trying to purchase. It is also very important that you carefully read the details as well. In other words, don’t pay $20.00 for an item then find out it cost $50.00 to ship it. As you can see, this will end up not being a deal. So, it is imperative that you know all the details before you put in a bid at an auction.  Another thing about eBay is that they track the sellers’ transactions so it will be pretty easy for you to find out what the sellers ratings are based on their previous transactions.

Craiglist is another Great Resource

Craiglist is a classified ad site that offers a variety of goods. It is known as the world’s largest garage sale. You can find a lot of used products on Craigslist so the quality will vary. The way how you search Craigslist is by location. The prices can vary from very low to exorbitant prices. Craigslist is unlike eBay in that you can make an offer on an item that you are interested in and you can arrange to view the item before yo purchase it.

Freecycle is another great Resource

Freecycle is another place where you can find deals. It is a place that you might be interested in if you are looking for furniture or household goods. Apparently, there are several thousands of these groups around the world which comprise of millions of members. This site is good for people who like fixing things so you might want to check out the site.

Bizrate is another Resource

Bizrate is a comparison shopping site. Just look at the tagline and you will get the picture as to what they are all about. To get started, just go to Bizrate and search for items that you like. They carry a wide selection of new and refurbished goods. Another thing you can do on Bizrate is to look for siites that offers extras like free shipping or discounts. Bizrate is one of the best comparison shopping sites and it is also a breeze to use.

Garage Sales

Garage sales have been around for many years and it still one of the best places to find bargains as one man’s garbage is another man’s treasures. The best way to use garage sales is to know what your family needs in advance so that you can purchase these items before they are needed. Since you can find products for many different seasons at garage sales, having this knowledge will help you to find good deals. Again, it is imperative to know what type of items your family needs, the sizes they need ahead of time, so you can swoop in for the kill when you come across the items that you or your family needs when you are going to garage sales. Since most garage sales occur in the summer, depending on where you live, you can pick up Winter ski boots in the summer for excellent prices.

Another thing to keep in mind is that you can haggle so if you see something that you like, make an offer. Just think that the sellers don’t want to take all the stuff back home so they may be willing to take you up on your offer. This is best done at the end of the day when the prospects have diminished considerably. Nothing could be more troubling than finding an item that you have paid full price for at a lower price somewhere else.

In conclusion, it is imperative that you do your homework before you go shopping on any of the above sites to find great deals for your home or family.

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