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Buying used to recover from holiday spending

Sometimes it seems like all we do in November and December is shop and spend money. We buy gifts, we splurge on holiday treats and we madly decorate and prepare our homes for guests. It becomes second nature to stop at several stores, consult more than one list and watch the dollars flow right out of our bank accounts.

But January comes quickly and suddenly it can feel like we’ve exhausted ourselves, and our bank accounts. And yet, as we look around, sometimes life still puts us in the position of needing things. Or it places someone we know in need. Moving, growing families, renovating, shifting priorities – all of these can create needs.

Why not see what good you can do for yourself and those you know in need by checking the free listings on your local used site?

Moving, or know someone who is? Don’t hesitate to take advantage of the free furniture, appliances or TVs offered for free. Sometimes people don’t have room or are moving and can’t take larger items. Sometimes they replace items and are happy to have someone cart away the older version. With a decent sized vehicle and a helping hand, you can find great opportunities. And don’t forget to check for moving boxes! These can be easily reused and are expensive to buy new.

Ikea sofa

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Do you know a day home, nursing home, hospital or palliative care centre that could use a little extra entertainment? Look for people giving away books, music, magazines, craft supplies, games to add to the mix…or go crazy and see if they’d have room for a piano!

Is someone you know expecting? Baby items can be prohibitively expensive, and it can be hard to know what you’ll use regularly. Picking up what you can for free is a great way to keep costs down, try out a few items to see if you like them, then pass along or donate what doesn’t suit you.

Maybe you’re working out or starting to eat more healthfully. Don’t forget to watch for exercise equipment or even clothing in a brand new size to help encourage you along your path.

There are plenty of ways to avoid spending money after the holidays, while still looking after your needs and the needs of others. It could even be a fun challenge with others you know – see what deals you can find or who can match the most free items with those who need them! In fact’s Marketing Manager, Amber, is currently taking on her own challenge to buy only used items this year.

Above all, just keep your mind and options open. You’ll never know when opportunity will arise and you won’t want to miss it!

Have you ever gotten something great for free? What was it? How did you come across it?

Writer, editor, recovering chocoholic. Most often found writing, drinking coffee, and chasing kids. Find her on Twitter @littlemissmocha.

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