Save More Money at Thrift Stores

Thrift store prices are good, but they could be better. Use the following tricks to save even more at thrift stores:

Make a Donation

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Some thrift stores hand out coupons or store credits when you donate merchandise.

Shop with Coupons

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Combine thrift store prices with coupons for an unbeatable deal. School coupon books and your local newspaper are two places to look for coupons. Have a cell phone? Some thrift stores now offer electronic coupons. Text a certain number, and they'll respond with a coupon code. Sweet!

Take Advantage of Discounts

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Senior and student discounts are common. Check with your favorite thrift stores to see if there are any discounts that you could be taking advantage of. You may have to shop on a certain day of the week to get your discount, but if it saves you cash, who cares?

Work Those Sales

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Every thrift store has it's own way of running sales – one store may discount items with a certain color tag, while another may offer a percentage of off a different department each day. Find out how sales are handled at the stores around you. Then, make the most of them.

Dig for Deals

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Look for large, unsorted containers of merchandise. They usually contain the who's-it's and what's-it's that no one could identify or knew how to price. If you find something that you need in one of these containers, you can bet it will be cheap.

Shop at Outlet Stores

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Goodwill maintains outlet stores around the country to sell off excess merchandise from their stores. Hit one of these locations, and discover the thrill of buying your clothing and housewares by the pound!

Shop in January

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Thrift stores get flooded with donations from December through January as people rush to earn last-minute tax deductions and begin to work on their New Year's resolutions. Shop in January, and you're likely to be rewarded with bag sales and big store-wide savings. Think: 50% off everything.