Frugal Student Tip #6 – Thrifting

If you're on a budget, thrifting is the way to go! Thrift stores have great used clothes and household items for pennies on the dollar.Is saving money a priority? Then thrifting is the way to go. Don’t turn your nose up at the idea of shopping at the thrift store. Here’s why.

Not only is thrift shopping economically sound, but it also is environmentally sound. Items that would otherwise be landfill-bound get reused or re-purposed.

It’s entirely possible to find designer clothes in excellent condition for pennies on the dollar, and anything that can go through the washer and dryer is good as new, label intact.

Thrift stores in college towns can be loaded with great finds. It’s a super place for college logo merchandise without the hefty price tag. The school bookstore makes a great profit on $50 sweatshirts, to be sure, but let someone else pay that markup, if you’re watching your spending.

Need some good workout clothes? Brand name workout clothes are perfect to buy used. People who are working out are often changing sizes, so the possibility of finding great stuff barely used is high.

Always running out of spoons? People donate household items like silverware all the time, and you can solve your spoon shortage for a dollar or so.

Is your entertainment budget draining your spending money? You can find used DVDs, books, and magazines for a fraction of even discount store prices. What’s more, the thrift store’s book store is a great place to hunt for out-of-print gems and movies that you won’t find elsewhere.

One-time holiday wear like Halloween costumes and party dresses are excellent thrifting choices. Why blow enough money to buy a week’s worth of groceries on a fancy holiday dress when you can spend about $10 for one in great condition? Try the links at the bottom of the page on Frugal Student Tip #4 for some great Halloween costume ideas.

Read all of the Frugal Student Tips here.

Author: Amy Widner

Amy is Vice President, Operations at Smart College Visit. She found her 20+ years of experience in corporate and higher education communication to be almost adequate preparation for her recent experience navigating the college search and admissions process with her oldest child. She finds joy in helping ease the process for all.

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