Finding Cheap Musical Instruments

instruments-801271_960_720As a parent, you want to offer the world to your children. Giving them as much experience as possible in a wide variety of subjects will help to open their eyes to the possibilities that life has to offer, and help them to select a path that is right for them. Unfortunately, this isn’t necessarily cheap, and allowing your child to sample different things can add up in terms of cost pretty quickly. Especially in the world of music.

Music can be a wonderful thing to expose your children to, but it is unfortunately one of the most expensive, depending on the instrument your child fancies. Not only that, but how many times has a parent found themselves sitting and looking at a dust covered drum set that was used all of 3 times and then relegated to the pile of disinterest. As children can change their minds often, I would never recommend buying them brand-new musical instruments. So this brings up the challenge of where to find cheap instruments.

Honestly, this isn’t all that hard to do given the situation I just mentioned. There are plenty of people looking to make up at least some of their investment by selling the now disregarded instrument recently purchased. So go looking in flea markets, garage sales, a Davie pawn shop, and online listings to find these bargains.

Also, certain instruments should not be bought until the child has shown steady interest. Take a piano for example. To learn well, you would of course need to have a real piano to practice on. But, this is not necessary for the first few months of learning. A simple electronic keyboard would more than suffice (take my advice, I studied classical piano for over 8 years!). Same goes for the case of drums. An electronic set is way cheaper (and quieter) for the fledgling drummer and will still help them get their skills up.

Places To Get Cheap DIY Materials

tools-498202_960_720If you are the DIY type, then you know how important it is to be able to find cheap materials. Part of doing things yourself is that you have the ability to save a lot of money (as building or fixing something yourself is always cheaper). So finding building supplies cheap is a key part of that.

Part of this is sourcing materials. This isn’t always easy. But if you know where to look, it isn’t all that bad. So let’s look at some good sources for cheap building materials.

Cardboard is an easy one. Just look in recycling bins behind businesses and supermarkets.

Same goes for plastic and glass materials. Recycling bins will yield pretty much anything you need.

For metal, you have to get a little more creative. You can try a junkyard (which is a great place for many, many items) and even a metal recycling plant (if there is one near you).

Things like electronics are trickier as you will typically want a working model of what you are after. I find that ebay is a great place for computers and other electronics on the cheap.

Tools and the like can usually be picked up at a local Hollywood pawn shop for a low price. This is a good place to salvage motors out of drills, and other things like this.

Fabrics can be gotten from tailors. Sometimes they have scraps of cloth and other textiles lying around and if you just ask, they may have something they can let you use for free (or for very little).

You see? With a little ingenuity and thinking outside the norm, you can find almost anything you need by way of raw materials for DIY projects for free. It just takes a little looking around.

Use A Pawn Shop To Decide If You Really Need To Hang Onto Something

heirloom-454464_960_720We all have had the experience of sitting down to get rid of all the junk in the garage or attic, and coming across something that hasn’t been used in years, yet we can’t seem to part with. Be it something that has the “could be useful one day” idea attached to it, or a family heirloom, we tend to hang onto these things despite the fact that they only sit and collect dust.

So how can we decide if we should get rid of them? Well, an interesting solution would be to use a Hollywood pawn shop. If the item is of any value, you can take it and pawn it. Don’t spend the money, just hang onto it for the time being. Wait a couple of weeks and then ask yourself this simple question, “Would I rather get the item back, or keep this money?” If you would rather the money, then you know the answer to the dilemma.

This is an interesting little life hack as it forces you to only partially part with the item yet you still get some sort of return. This allows you to take a more balanced look as you physically have something in your possession that takes the place of the item (in this case, the money).

Give it a try and see if it can help you to make the right decision about some of your old items.

When It’s Time To Sell

question-mark-1750942_960_720We all have had the experience of having a closet, drawer or garage or attic full of stuff that we haven’t used in years. In reality, that stuff is just taking up space and we really don’t need it, but for some reason we just keep hanging onto it. Well, in the interest of helping the world hold onto less junk, I present this handy guide on whether you should sell something or not.

To use this guide, just run the item(s) in question through the following:

  1. Is it something you occasionally use? Sometimes, there are things that we keep stowed away that we still use, if even on an infrequent basis. Many are seasonal, but if it is still used (even if not very often) then you could safely hold onto it.
  2. Do you have a better version? I don’t know why, but some will insist upon keeping an old TV even though there is a newer and better one in use. If you have a better version of something, then just sell the old one already.
  3. Does it gold sentimental value? I get this one. You want to keep something because it belonged to your grandfather or some similar situation. Well, despite how you may feel, you don’t actually need the item. Take a few pictures of it instead and then get rid of the item. If you really can’t bear the thought of parting with it, ok, but a photo will keep the memory alive…
  4. Would you prefer cash over the item? You can test this out by taking the item to a pawn shop in Hollywood. Pawn it for a bit and then ask yourself if you would rather keep the money or the item. If the answer is the money, then you know what to do.

And there you go. If you follow the above rules, then you should be able to decide what you should sell and what you should keep.

Selling Things Fast (Not Just Through A Pawn Shop)

blowing-15795_960_720Sometimes, you’re just in a hurry. Some circumstance is preventing you from taking all the time that you would ordinarily have to get something done. Or, perhaps, you just don’t feel like investing a lot of time into something as you have better things to do. In either case, you may one day find yourself trying to offload a bunch of stuff. While you could throw it all away, that would be a total waste, as you could be selling these now unwanted possessions. But selling things takes time. How can you get rid of the stuff fast?

Well, there are a couple of options. Nowadays, you can go to a FedEX store, and they will take and list your personal items on auctions sites like ebay for you. Depending on the items, you’ll get a percentage of the sale value. You just drop it off and they do the rest. Not bad if you don’t want to do it all yourself.

There is always that option of taking your things of value to a Ft. Lauderdale pawn shop. While they certainly won’t take everything, you have a good chance at getting fast money for valuable items. Not the highest payout, but you get the money right away.

Finally, there is the option of having a garage sale. If you promote it well, you can often get rid of a lot of things in the span of a day. This does require some work, but if you aren’t too particular as to how much you make, you may just assign it as a chore to your kids and let them handle it (provided they are old enough).

How To Get The Most For Your Old Video Games

xbox-1199604_960_720It’s no secret that trading in your old consoles or videos games at a retail store will not give you the best amount of money or value for your goods. Typically, these stores will only give you credit towards future purchases, not cash. And the credit does not amount to even 1/10th of the value of the item you are trading in. Instead of doing this, you should seriously consider selling your items to individuals online.

If you have a collection of very old games or consoles, then you can check online to see how much these are worth based on the condition they are in. If you have an old Atari 2600 in good condition, you may be able to get a good amount of money for it, especially if it has some decent games to go with it.

Occasionally, you may find that one of the games in your collection is actually a cult classic or rarity. This is the best case scenario as the value will only go up for that particular item as it becomes harder and harder to find. So maybe you would like to hang onto it for a while longer and let it go up in price.

For the most part, you should check for the going rate of each individual item and list each accordingly. This will take the most time, but will net you the most profit. You could also offer a bundle, listing those choice items specifically to increase the overall price.

But, if you are in a hurry and want cash right away, then try a pawn shop (like this one at http://www.uspawnjewelry.com/) instead of a game store. You should be able to get cash as opposed to store credit and will typically get paid a bit more.

Saving Money When Entering Your First Home

new-1572747_960_720While buying a new home can be a time with lots to do and many different expenses, it doesn’t usually compare to the experience of moving into your first home, whether bought or rented. There is a lot to buy! Furniture, kitchenware, beds, electronics, appliances, and all the other amenities that go with having an actual home of your own. So there are usually a lot of expenses, many of which most people don’t think of till they become obvious. So this gets very expensive, very quickly.

But there are lots of ways that one can save money on this. Below, you’ll find a few great tips for how and where to get household items for much less than you would think.

We’ll start with kitchenware. The local dollar store (like Dollar Tree) has lots of items, from cups to dishes to silverware and even cooking implements like pans and spatulas. You can actually stock up an entire kitchen for less than $50 this way. Sure, this is not the highest quality stuff, but it will get the job done while you work on getting nicer additions.

Appliances and electronics can be purchased as a bargain from a pawn shop. Television sets, stereos, kitchen appliances and the like can typically be found for much less than at the store. There is lots more to be found at a pawn shop too, so it is definitely worth a visit.

Thrift stores and secondhand stores are a great place for things like curtains and other little adornments. You can’t have empty shelves can you? Places like Goodwill have all the things you need to decorate your home, if even to a small degree.

All these things add up to making your first house feel more like a home.