Does buying always trump renting? I don’t think so! Does buying used mean you’re not getting the best of the best? Not in my consumer-wise opinion! Buying brand spankin’ new–not to mention purchasing something you may only need for a short period of time– isn’t always the best way to go, especially on your wallet.
There are plenty of rental and “used” options, which will leave your bank account oozing with cash. Take it from me– I’m definitely thrifty when it comes to purchase decisions. Renting items and buying used products has put some of the more luxurious things in life at my fingertips– like a Louis Vuitton bag and Dolce & Gabbana dress (don’t kid yourself– you never have to pay full price!). Here are some great things to rent or to buy gently used, which will take your savings to a new level.
Rent Designer Dresses, Jewelry and Accessories: For special occassions, you want a special dress, right? I mean, you don’t want to post pictures to Facebook wearing the same dress for the zillionth time. But who has the money to keep buying new frocks (not me!)? So, for those date nights and formals, visit RentTheRunway (RTR). You can rent designer looks at 90% off retail prices. From dresses to necklaces to earrings, this site has it all. RTR helps you look chic, fresh and financially savvy in a new, hot wardrobe.
Buy Gently Used Clothing and Accessories: When you’re on a tight budget, even the sale racks can be your worst enemy. Sure, you can score some deals on new, everyday clothes, but it’s hard to find those brands you drool over. In comes, Plato’s Closet to save the day! This retail store sells gently used clothing from brands like Abercrombie, bebe and Lucky Brand. From shorts to jeans to dresses, transform someone else’s lost trend into your personal style. With store locations around the country, your inner-fashionista is sure to spend an entire day browsing the racks and saving up to 70% on the same clothes you would see at the mall.
Rent Designer Handbags, Watches, Sunglasses: Avelle’s Bag Borrow Or Steal is like my personal oasis. You can rent top designer accessories! Some scenarios as to why this site is amazing: If you’re going on vacation and want a pair of gorgeous Coach shades, you can rent a pair for $13/week. Have a job interview and want a fabulous Louis Vuitton handbag (that shouts, “Hire me and I’ll make you a million bucks!”), rent one for $26/week. Or how about a watch to match that power-suit? Again, rent a diamond Charriol for $67/week! This site is perfect for the student on a budget.