With the recent economic recession, living frugally has become necessary. There have been times when you have been forced to do without. When the time comes for you to buy that car, computer, camping equipment, or gun, finding the best deal is a must.
Online auctions can provide discount prices on everything from sporting gear to guns.
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Online auctions are a great place to start. Although eBay is the most well-know online auction, there are others that also provide great deals for the frugal guy. uBid, OnlineAuction, PoliceAuctions, and GovDeals, all offer a variety of items for bid. Bidgunner is an online auction site specializing in discounted firearms and outdoor gear. Goodwill also has an online auction site, with all of the proceeds going to help people with disabilities.
Onsite auctions are another source of fantastic finds. AuctionZip can help you find auctions in your area that you can attend or auctions in other areas that you can bid on online. EstateSales can help you find current and upcoming estate sales in your area, which can offer a wide variety of items. StorageUnitAuctionList not only provides a listing of storage unit auctions by state, it also lists all government, police, auto, online, real estate, foreclosure, and estate auctions as well.
If you don’t want to deal with auctions and bidding, go for discount websites which have fixed prices. Amazon and Overstock are two of the more well-known sites, but there are more that also offer good values. 123Bargains offers deals of the day from national retail chain stores on items from a variety of categories. Although TechBargains is heavy on technology, it also provides daily discounts for national retail chains on menswear, sporting goods, and tools. Craigslist not only provides a huge variety of merchandise, but it also allows you to potentially negotiate the price.
Brick and mortar discount stores are another way to save money. Walmart is generally the first store to come to mind due to its low prices and large variety of goods. K-mart, Target, and Big Lots, however, can also provide budget savings. Don’t underestimate dollar stores, either, for some of the smaller things you may need for your next hunting or camping trip.
Daily deals sites can offer huge discounts on goods or services. Although Amazon Local, Living Social, and Groupon tend to provide more services than merchandise, when you do find something that you want, it’s generally between 50 and 90 percent off of the regular price. It’s worth dealing with the frustrating unwanted offers to get to the relevant ones.
Living frugal isn’t something that you can do for the short-term. It needs to be a lifestyle. Giving up those fast-food trips and impulse buys may be difficult at first. However, learning to shop for sale items and looking for bargains will enable you to save money and ocassionally buy things that you may really want. A tighter budget now will allow you to buy that new motorcycle or gun later.