How To Save Money Through Patience

how to save money through patience

This all started because I found four planters in a bush when I cleaned up my backyard. These are large, plastic planters that would cost anywhere $10 to $15 each. And since I just started my garden I could use these in the future. However, they needed cleaning. Thankfully I have a water spigot in my backyard I didn’t have a hose. After checking the prices of hoses in the store and online, I knew there had to be a better way. I knew I could find an used hose but it would take some time. Today I discuss how to save money through patience.

How To Save Money Through Patience: Check Online Classified Ads

On my quest to find an inexpensive hose I turned to online classified ads on Craigslist and Nextdoor.

With Craigslist, I checked the “Free” and “Farm & Garden” sections because I knew people would put ads for hoses in these sections. There is a “Tools” section but that’s populated by hand and power tools. When it came to Nextdoor, I checked the “For Sale & Free” section of the site. From there, I chose the “Garden” category to filter the results. Finally, you can use the search bar to search all of the categories on either site.

Here’s how to save money through patience using these methods: Check them multiple times a day. I would check both Craigslist and Nextdoor in the morning and then in the afternoon, as people are going to create ads throughout the day. This is where the patience comes in. A day or two without seeing any ads for a hose. Or I would find one, only to discover someone else already claimed it.

However, my patience finally paid off because I finally found a good hose for $5! (As of the publication date this post I used it several times already and it’s awesome! No punctures, no leaks, nothing of the sort. The seller sold it because she cleaned out her garage.)


I know this tip will not work for everyone. Maybe you need an item now and you don’t have time to wait. In that case go ahead and buy it. However, if you don’t mind using a second-hand or used item, and are willing to wait around and search, then this method can work for you. Just be patient and stay vigilant!

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Naomi Lane
7 months ago

You are so sensible and this kind of common sense is hard to find these days. Repurposing used items is not only a great way to save money, it’s good for the environment. I recently bought a used elliptical trainer from an old man living just down the road for a great deal off Craig’s list. We also sell items on this site and a man purchased my mom’s wheelchair after she passed so it went to good use.