So, this has basically become my new motto.
There are very few things I buy new, mostly the obvious ones (food, gas, etc.).
I have a few reasons: the environment and the fact that our world just cannot sustain the current consumption of resources, the fact that I am very low-income and the less I spend the better off I will be, and it just amazes me what some people will donate or throw away.
Anyone else not buying anything new? What are your tactics?
I am vigilant about checking out Freecycle, Paperbackswap, and the local Freegan group on FB (which has kind of morphed from a networking group to let people know where to go, to a mini-Freecycle). I keep up to date with who's junk pickup (not trash pickup, I live in a big city and it's different...) is when and while I won't go through a dumpster or trash can, I have no issues with checking out what's in a box that someone threw on the side of the road... (I've found brand-new in the box gas fireplace, perfect crystal, designer purses, an amazing Leather couch with NO defects, plenty of perfectly good toys for the kids, contractor bags full of designer clothes some with tags still on them, the list goes on. I just can't imagine why people throw out half of what they do...)
A friend of mine told me I should start checking out some of the office supply stores, Plato's Closets, and secondhand bookstores in town because he makes a living from stuff he's found there.