16. Bring Enough Cash for Unexpected Deals
You can’t take advantage of great deals if you don’t have the money to buy them. Many small charity shops and family owned thrift shops are cash-only. This seems hard to believe in a time when so much of our life is now digital, but it’s true. So if you are not normally in the habit of carrying cash, make sure you have enough on hand before you go to a thrift shop. Same goes with a yard sale or flea market. You should always carry more money than you anticipate needing, because you never know what you will find.
A thrift shop may be willing to hold an item for you if you promise to run to the ATM and be right back. Or, they might require you to put down a deposit. This has happened to me at cash-only thrift stores before. However, it’s simply better to show up with cash in hand. If you don’t already have one, consider getting yourself a new wallet or even a coin purse for your cash.