Shopping at the thrift store can be a great way to save money when shopping on a budget, but guess what you can save even more! Here are 12 ways to decrease your check out prices at thrift stores even further.
1. Know your sale days
Most stores will have set sale days. Make sure you write it down, take a picture or grab the flier with them on it. Many will have sale days by colors, for instance, on Tuesday all items with blue or yellow tags may be 50% off and on Thursday all items with pink tags may be half off. If you don’t see the days listed just ask an associate.
2. Join the newsletter
By now every store has a newsletter and thrift stores are no different, many times you can receive upcoming promotions, deals and coupons straight to your in box, so make sure you’re keeping tabs on your emails.
3. Use your club card
Many thrift shops have loyalty cards and you can either gain points as you spend or accumulate money back. For instance, with Goodwills loyalty card you can receive $5 back for every 100 points or $100 you spend. This can be a great money saver!
4. Use coupons
That’s right most thrift stores now offer coupons, so make sure you have them with you when you are ready to check-out. A lot of times, we go to the thrift store and forget to use our coupons, so make sure you keep it in mind when purchasing.
5. Find out when they restock
Knowing the restock days for the thrift stores you frequent is necessary especially if you’re a reseller so you can get the newest items and not ones that have already been picked over.
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6. Bring an item to donate
Many thrift stores will give you a percentage off of your purchase if you bring in items to donate. I have seen discounts of up to 20% at check-out using this method.
7. Use your discount
If you are a senior, student, teacher or in the military ask the sales associate if the store offers discounts as many do.
8. Ask for a discount
If an item that you want is damaged and you think you can repair it once home, don’t hesitate to ask for more off. Do this especially if the item is going to take a lot of money to repair and make sure you mention that you will have to add a ton of money to do so.
9. Shop offseason
By shopping off season you will get great deals! I have purchased coats in the summer for $2 at the thrift store because they need to get rid of them
10. Go during the holidays
Many people neglect the thrift stores during the holidays and rush back to them after, but don’t wait until then. Just like most stores thrift stores have awesome sales during the holidays.
If you want to learn how to get the best items at the thrift store check out my article 5 secrets to getting the best picks at the thrift stores!
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