Tips from a Tackaholic: Shopping on a budget

When buying, selling, and trading tack, there are a few tricks to the trade that can save you money in the long run. Who doesn’t like to save money? Stesha Payne shows us how.

From Stesha:

#1. Do your research!

If you are buying, knowing what the item you want is worth will ensure that you don’t overspend. Pull up the same item on multiple different websites, and compare the prices. Be sure to include shipping! Oftentimes shipping may be more expensive through another supplier, even though the product itself is cheaper. If buying new isn’t a necessity, you can usually find what you are looking for, gently used, on websites such as Craigslist and Facebook groups.

#2. Make an offer.

Buying something used? Make an offer! Oftentimes sellers will price the item well above what they actually expect to get, something I like to call “wiggle room.” Making a reasonable offer does no harm, and in the end, you may even save a few bucks! The worst they can do is say no! As an avid tackaholic, I very rarely will pay the full asking price, unless the item is new. Even then, you can find new items on sale or clearance. (Horse Nation tip: Get on SmartPak’s email list to stay in the know about special sales and discounts.)

#3. Don’t settle.

Sometimes, you need something really bad, and right away. Unfortunately, just because you need something doesn’t mean you have to settle for less. Make sure what you are buying will actually work! If you want a pair of medium sport boots, don’t just settle for a large pair because they are readily available. In the end, it will save you money. Chances are, someone, somewhere, will have what you are looking for! Don’t be afraid to post a “wanted” ad on a Facebook group, because it WILL be seen by someone!

Stay tuned for more Tips from a Tackaholic!

My name is Stesha Payne and I’m a tackaholic! I live in Michigan, and have one horse of my own. My hobby, along with riding, is buying/selling/trading tack. Together my horse and I compete in every event we can, with western pleasure and barrel racing being our favorites!


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