Everyone calls me a cheapskate, but that’s not entirely true. I know how to stretch my dollar, sure, but it’s also that I’m smart. Smart shoppers don’t just look for sales or limit their shopping to only secondhand stores; they ensure they are getting the biggest bang for their buck. As a full-time business student on a student budget, aka broke but creative, I do just that by clipping coupons for local thrift shops in my area. Huh? Coupons for the thrift store? Jamie, you are cheap! LOL and WTF, but I encourage you do the same because the savings are astronomical.
One suggestion I have is to inquire about student discounts in the thrift stores you visit. Most shops offer student discounts one day out of the week while others give out such discounts on random days or when the Manager is feeling great because all of her employees showed up to work. Find this information out and take advantage of it. If you’re not a student, use your kids’ or friend’s or neighbor’s student ID card (that’s usually how they verify that your student status is too legit to quit). Just make sure your child, friend, or neighbor is with you when you check out.
Too cool for school? Inquire about senior discounts. I know Macklemore said he’d steal your grandpa’s style, but why don’t you steal it yourself? Take your gramps or grammy thrifting with you and spend quality time together by sniffing old clothes and fighting over the same cardigans. I’m sure they can offer you some words of advice about fashion anyway. My mom does it to me all the time, but I have to remind her - only one fedora per crew (Workaholics).
If you really don’t have any students or seniors in your life, you may just have to wait until the holidays. Everyone is on sale during the holidays, even thrift stores! In addition, some stores offer discounts if you donate a bag of goodies. Other thrift shops will give you a stink face as you're asking them about discounts as if you’re some cheapskate asking to get their stuff for, basically, free. In that case, smile and move along.
Be cheap. Stay cheap. Embrace it. But, be smart about it. Having a coupon might mean an incentive to buy more stuff, but don’t fall into that trap. Read the archived Thrift Tip of the Month here on how to stay away from buying unnecessary items.