Shopping at thrift stores is a great way to save money, if you do it right. Buying used clothes, furniture, home décor, and books is usually way cheaper than buying new- and helps the environment by recycling these materials. However, since their prices are lower, it is tempting for people to spend more than they should there! I can walk into a Goodwill or other store and walk out after spending $50- which I would never spend at another store. But I justify it, since I was able to get so much for the price. For tips on being thrift store savvy, read this post by Rachel Muller at the Dollar Stretcher:
-Inventory what you own- how many black shirts do you already own? How many books? How many kitchen gadgets? Counting up how many things you already have can help you avoid repeat buys.
-Make a list of what you actually are planning to look for before you go in- and don’t buy any extra junk.
-Set a spending limit- only bring in a certain amount in cash, and you won’t be tempted to go over it.