WEST PALM BEACH, FL - In some cases, buying used rather than new can save you hundreds and in some cases, thousands of dollars.
Paula Luten of Kangaroos Pouch Consignment and Party Store in Jupiter, Fla. said, "A lot of times people think used, they think used. Not gently used, barely used. A lot of things have tags still in the boxes, double gifts, things that they just never got around to returning."
NewsChannel 5 has created a list of the 5 things you should buy used rather than new.
#1 Bikes and cars
You could spend anywhere from $150 to more than $450 for a new mountain bike or ten speed.
Slash those prices in half by going to Craigslist or Ebay to buy used.
If you're a novice rider, check out a site like Cyclingforums to get advice from seasoned riders.
For vehicles, instead of buying brand new, buying used makes and models from the last couple of years can save thousands.,
In some cases, the mileage is so low on a used car that it's practically new and you're really getting a steal.
#2 Movies and video games
When is the last time you bought a dvd and watched it more than once in a month, or even a year?
People sell used DVDs online all the time.
You can buy whole seasons of popular shows and movies for a fraction of the cost of buying new.
Same goes for video games.
If you buy used from a store like Gamestop you could save up to 30 percent.
#3 Children's toys and clothing
"Children don't last very long with their toys. A lot of times they're ready to move on to something new almost right after they got it," Luten said.
Luten also said you could save anywhere from 40 to 90 percent on children's clothing, equipment and toys by shopping at consignment stores rather than shopping for new items.
Consignment shops are gold mines for books.
Bettye Perrine, manager of the Goodwill store on Northlake Boulevard in Palm Beach County said, "Easy to read, take to the beach, bring it back, donate and buy another one."
DON'T FORGET ABOUT COLLEGE TEXTBOOKS.
Give a forever home to a small buddy and don't break the bank.
Check out your local animal shelter
There's no lack of shelters in the around.
For a fraction of the cost, you could save a potential pet from years of loneliness.