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Instead of buying expensive exercise equipment, like treadmills and stationary bikes, buy them from Craig's List or garage sales. Most will be barely used and you will pay pennies on the dollar!

- Submitted by CHRISAHAHN 2/21/2011 in Exercise | 19 Comments
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LEANMEAN2 12/20/2013 6:03:00 AM

    Many good ideas here. Thanks to all.
SUNSHINE65 12/9/2013 8:17:00 PM

    I got burned buying an exercise bike on Craig's List. She said it was hardly used. [Liar] After paying someone to come out and evaluate/fix it, it was pronounced worn out. That was my last Craig's List purchase!
LSIG14 12/9/2013 4:40:00 PM

    I never fails to amaze me how many people buy expensive exercise equipment just to sell it for practically nothing or throw it out! I got most of mine from yard sales and my treadmill had just been delivered to the dump. My husband replaced the dried out belt and it was as good as new!.
BANNERMAN 12/8/2013 7:28:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing.
KRYSTALLA 12/8/2013 3:33:00 PM

    Also don't forget places like Or even like I have gotten free on the side of the road, I got a gazelle edge and a cardio glide that way and both were in great shape, the people were selling their house and wanted to get rid of it fast so placed it at the side of the road with a big free sign on them. So just because it was placed free at the side of the road doesn't mean that it is junk, check it out before you rule it as such.
AGINGPUNKCHICK 12/8/2013 12:51:00 PM

    And don't forget to check local swap meets....out in San Diego we have several and people sell everything there! emoticon
DELLMEL 12/8/2013 12:13:00 PM

    Thanks for the info I will try that. Thanks
WHIPPETWALKER 12/8/2013 11:46:00 AM

    Adopt a dog from a shelter. You always have a walking partner that you can't say no to. The best excising equipment there is. Plus you save a life.!
CAROLIAN 12/8/2013 11:28:00 AM

    In UK we have a freecycle website and its amazing what people give away thats how i got my exercise bike
DRTOVAH 12/8/2013 11:07:00 AM

    I'm looking for used, but it's difficult in my area. Great idea though
TOBY7823 12/8/2013 9:37:00 AM

    I bought a 2007, treadmill on a Facebook yard sale for $35. Probably the best deal I've ever gotten on anything. emoticon
BLONDIE218145 12/8/2013 9:08:00 AM

    Thanks for the reminder
LCRUMLEY81 12/8/2013 8:43:00 AM

    great idea
BUSYGRANNY5 12/8/2013 8:14:00 AM

    Local online yard sales, too!
BECKYSFRIEND 12/8/2013 8:11:00 AM

    that's how I bought all mine, too.
VAINVT 12/8/2013 8:10:00 AM

    Since I pay for the gym, I use their equipment, but if your only time to exercise is at home, this is an excellent idea.
BEFIT1975 2/22/2011 11:26:00 AM

    That is where all my exercise equipments comes from. That way if I dont like it I just relist and get my money back nothing lost. I hate to give a couple hundred dollars for something and then find out it was a horrible piece of equipment.
CAMSMOM918 2/21/2011 11:57:00 AM

    great minds think alike . . . i was looking on craigslist yesterday for an eliptical . . . have a great day!! and i'm going to check out the thrift stores, too - i never thought of that.
RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/21/2011 10:24:00 AM

    ... and thrift stores too!

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