When it comes to amazing bargains (and who doesn’t love those?), it’s hard to beat a thrift store. Of course, you’ve got to work for your treasures when thrifting—starting with being patient and enjoying the hunt itself. Always come armed with cash in case the store doesn’t take credit cards, and wear a t-shirt with leggings or shorts so you can try clothes on even if there’s no dressing rom. Examine everything very, very closely before you buy to make sure you don’t miss any stains or unfixable tears. You should also be strategic about when you hit the stores for the best selection—think new year, college graduation, spring cleaning and tax season. And haggle if the mood strikes you. The worst they can do is say no!