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Dear Millennial, You see it, You like it, You want it, Can’t get it?

​​Luxury designers didn’t have poor consumers in mind. So, what can you do?

It’s 2019, a year in the century when the economy is getting tougher, crazier and unrelenting. Many times we like top designer merchandise. Not because they’re a proof of class or taste but because most designer items are built to last. 

Of course, we know buying luxury items feels somehow like being scammed, like, you’re sometimes asking yourself, is it really worth the cost?

But still, imagine purchasing furniture or a handbag that never goes out of trend, was built to last and actually makes your life easier.

Kinda worth it, right?  But you can’t afford it…

There’re currently so many outlets out there for you to borrow/buy many quality items affordably. Emerging companies now specialize in leasing out expensive items to people who need them at a fraction of the price.

Below are some of the companies you can benefit from.

Whether it’s clothes for an interview, a car to impress a girlfriend to luxury handbags and furniture for the home, there are now options for almost everything you need that you can’t afford.

So, sit tight and let’s get right into it.

 

Furniture​

If you need lovely furniture but can’t really afford a new one, don’t be shy to ask family and friends to see if they’re looking to get rid of any furniture. 

Check out FleaPortal​​ and Collectors.org for a list of different indoor and outdoor flea markets in the U.S. This is also a good list of the best flea markets​ in the US where you can find lovely items.

Goodwill and the Salvation Army are thrift shops that also offer furniture, too, but be sure to call in advance if you need larger items like beds and dressers.

You also want to ensure you do your own personal cleaning with disinfectants and soap, like, who wants to take it in bugs or pests into their home? 

 

Books 

Jaredd Craig- Unsplash​

 

Textbooks can cost as much as $200 for some science courses and that could mean going hungry ever month just to afford books, for med students, for example. 

Here’s the ultimate guide to scoring deals on textbooks​ to the rescue. Now you can swap used books at a fraction of the retail value and you can rent them too.

 

 Handbags 

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Our appearance sometimes means everything on some occasions so renting exotic ​clothes may not be enough. We need to look the boss chic​ but can’t afford the boss bag​. 

Have you thought of buying unbranded yet stylish and affordable bags?​​ You can still make a fantastic impression by being mysterious. Get a cool, classy looking handbag that no one knows who designed it. Mystery can actually be very sexy. 

Did you even know that some hotels let stayers rent​ luxury handbags on their visits? I bet you didn’t 😉

 

Bicycles

If you want bicycles but can’t afford the latest ones, bicycles come out every season, which means chances are you’ll see older models pop up on sites for a fraction of the cost during cold seasons e.g fall and winter. 

If you don’t like the types your local stores have to offer, try Craigslist​ or eBay​. It’s a great place to find people who want to dispose their still good bicycles for a fraction of the price.

Be sure to be smart when buying items such as these online. If an ad seems fishy or uses a stock photo, the bike was likely stolen. Think about commuting to work on your new ride and watch your savings grow even more. 

 Formal Outfits

To start with, no bridesmaid should pay full-price for a gown she’ll only wear once except she intends on marrying again ;).

What you can’t rent from sites like Renttherunway.com​ or Bagborrowsteal.com​, check out consignment shops or thrifts stores for gently used formal wear.

Brides-to-be can check out the virtual racks on Recycledbride.com​ to score discount gowns and accessories that no one will ever imagine were used.

Guys might score a tux for a fancy cocktail dinner and still be able to afford tailoring with the cash they saved by buying used.

You can also re-sell the garments you only wear once-just be kind to them so you’ll get as much of their value back as possible. 

Housing

Wiktor Karkocha​

 

It’s no news that housing is now an extremely big deal. For millennials, in fact, studies have shown that we’re probably better off renting than buying homes. 

But if you insist on being a landlord, it might be a better idea to look for an older home rather than browsing new developments. Then use some your saved money to renovate properly. I’m sure you’ll still have something for keeps. 

According to Bankrate.com​, existing homes are usually less expensive per square foot because of rising land costs, so your money will go farther.

There’s a massive back load of foreclosed properties on the market, which could be good news for buyers.

Realtors, homeowners and banks are probably more likely to be in the mood to lower their asking price if they’re desperate to get rid of a certain property. 

 

Bling

Tamara Bellis​

 

Are you in need of jewels for a special evening? Then do yourself a favour and consider this slightly less whimsical option: the pawn shop. I know what you’re thinking but you’d be surprised how good some of the finds are at pawnshops.

Here’s a list of the best pawn shops​ in the US.

The truth is that jewelry - especially diamonds -are only as good when they’re being worn. They actually have a low resale value. That’s great news for the clever consumer who hits up estate sales or other re-sellers to find new bling. 

 

Designer Clothes

Shanna Camilleri​If you’re a sharp millennial in this century and you’ve never hosted or swapped clothes with your friends, you are seriously dulling. 

Swaps are a great way to score designer gear you’d never be able to buy yourself. If you don’t like your girlfriend’s fashion style, then there are plenty of vintage or online swap sites like Bag, Borrow or Steal​. This can quench your thirst for styles. 

Scout shops first, either by checking out their reviews on Yelp (I read that some of yelps views are manipulated but well…) or stopping by in person. If they seem unclean or have a reputation for crappy clothing, move on. 

 

Summary. 

The single most important advice: Live within your means. Use what you have to buy what you can afford. Don’t skip your rent for luxury. It doesn’t kill and would save you a lot of trouble.