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Marshalls is having a contest between 10 different blogs and I got to participate in the contest! My Challenge was to head to Marshalls with a $100 gift card (provided by the store) and find a fabulous spring designer outfit at awesome “off price” values.

The Outfit:
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  • Calvin Klein Dress- White  $49.99 (reg. $140)
  • Firestore Scarf- 100% Silk Floral Design $16.99 (reg. $34)
  • Chinese Laundry Shoes- Style Z-Susie Q Brown $24.99 (reg. $55+)

My total: $91.97
Regular Price: $229+

The Contest

Very soon Marshall’s will post our find and the finds of 9 other bloggers and you get to vote!  Pick the outfit that you love the most (or just vote for the site you want to win).  I will let everyone know when the slide show is up.

To get excited about the contest and the savings to be had in “off price” shopping Marshalls is giving a $25 gift card to one Southern Savers reader!

Just leave a comment of a savvy clothes shopping tip to enter!

    • Anonymous

      Ha ha ha, just love to shop for clothes. My tips are : retailmenot.com for great coupons and to check what I have in my closet before I go shopping!!!

    • Michelle in Martinez

      My tip is to try something on if it appeals to you, even if you don’t think it will “look right on you.” Often, things you might not think would flatter you actually look better on you than on the hanger.

    • laura

      I stick to traditional clothing and try to buy only out of season pieces to save $$.

    • Jana Lee

      That's really cute! Can't wait to vote for you!
      I'm not really good at savvy clothes shopping, as I often look to the manikin for advice. So, I guess my tip is that when you are having trouble putting together an outfit, look at the manikins in the store and also ask strangers in the dressing room for advice. They are often more honest than your own family would be!

    • sjenkins3

      I buy clothes at the end of the seasons, Like Osh Kosh long sleeve shirts for $1.99 WOW!!!

    • MomOf4Blessings

      I shop the clearance sales at our local Belk, and I seldom spend over $5 to $10 for clothing. They are great quality clothes at great prices!

    • mtaylor8406

      Try the kids department (boys) for cute jackets and tops. They are usually on sale and half the price!

    • BethMc

      I love the Tanger Outlets as well as the clearance section on my favorite clothing websites. Cute outfit, Jenny! :)

    • That outfit is adorable! We stock up on clothing for next year at the end of the season. It has worked well so far. The outfit you put together is adorable.

    • Erinmarie

      I love getting brand new Target clothes (that didn't sell off their clearance racks) at Goodwill. I also love to get timely pieces that won't go out of style for example a black skirt and pair it with something in style for a season.

    • Maligirl

      I check racks at the back of the store because that is where stores seem to be put the clothes that are on deep discount.

      Love the outfit you got–it looks great!

    • I buy out of season – I prowl the clearance racks!

    • Megan

      Laura, I was going to say the same thing!: shop off-season.

      I went to so many formals in high school and I never paid more than $30 for a gown because I would go in over the summer (after Prom, way before Homecoming!) to scout the clearance racks.

    • mschlich

      shop department store clearance for great shoes at great prices.

    • Nikki

      I love shopping for name-brand clothing at discount prices! What could be more fun than finding great deals on cute stuff?!

    • Ginger Hales

      Belk has a great end of season sale twice a year.

    • Mom2teenagers

      I too only shop for off season items and love TJ Maxx and Marshalls for any “need it now' items. I even bought my stylish file totes for coupon inserts from TJ Maxx (tote is 15.99 there and almost $40 at Nordstrom's). Closeout stores like Tuesday Morning has great (and cheap) finds too.

    • bhcmiller1

      Make a list of what refresher pieces (size/color) you need to spruce up your summer/spring wardrobe then keep it in your purse. That way when you find them at the store you can cross them off and avoided having to many shirts or pants of the same color… I call it my “Clothing Quick List”, I have 1 list for the enitre family…. I start shopping at marshalls for summer and spring in winter, that way my summer/spring wardrobe is stocked up!

    • We buy all our kids jeans at the end of the season. Saves a bunch!

    • jessica0603

      I just discovered Marshall's and love it.I got 2 dresses for $30 for the summer. I love putting on a summer dress and being cool and comfy and because I shopped at Marshall's I got to splurge and get more for myself which I never do. $15 dresses are awesome.

    • Kathy

      Never buy designer clothes full price when you can shop at Marshalls!

    • Alison V.

      That's a beautiful ensemble! When I lost weight and was smaller than I'd been in 15 years or more, I went to the clearance racks at JCPenney and got a nice pair of denim capris and a dressy blouse for $11 total!

    • Karrie

      I usually shop clearance racks or the awsome sales at Kohls

    • Christy

      I love to go to The Children's Place outlet store for my kids. When the clearance goes an additional 50% off and I use a 15% off coupon, I get tons of quality clothes and shoes for a fraction of the retail price. My girls are always well dressed and in style…and no one has to know how little I actually paid!

    • Julie

      Scour the clearance racks AND do not avoid trying ANYthing on. You'd be really surprised at what looks great off the hanger. Also, don't discount clothing needing TLC (a tear by a seam, buttons, etc). You can usually fix this yourself and get an additional discount at the register.

    • Kohls shopping during their Kohls cash sales + a 30% coupon + getting 80% off clearance items = savvy clothes shopping!!

    • Julie

      my savvy shopping tip – if you find something you love, but it's in the wrong size – try it on anyway. Many times they have sized it wrong and it actually fits!

    • magen

      I love to shop at Marshalls!!
      I also love consignment sales each season for my son, they are great and we save sooo much money :)

    • courtney_80

      i buy most of my clothes out of season. also, yard sales are wonderful places to find name brand clothing items for pennies on the dollar. if i really need something, i can usually find a deal at Kohl's by using their store coupons and kohls cash promotions.

    • Sharon J.

      I've always enjoyed Marshalls. I love the clothes and the household items.

    • My tip is to always always check ALL the clearance racks in the store even the juniors and ladies… alot of clothes are misplaced on a different rack. I also try to buy off season or on “extra” shopping events!

    • Mistie

      Just a simple shopping tip, since shopping for clothes thrifty-style can take a while, be sure to put some water bottles and snacks from home in the car. You can munch on them between stores. This saves time and money!

    • Marshalls is great. I always find the best *dresses* there. Whenever I am in need of something new, I know I can rush down there and have at least a couple of options in my price range. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • missthemister

      be sure to check in areas that aren't normally your size in Marshalls. Customers move things around and I've found some great items in strange places there.

    • JillMSH

      I always have a budget in mind. Like I need 2 pairs of jeans and I won't spend more than $$. It helps keep me in check. I like to go to Macy's when they send coupons for 15% or 20%, then I shop clearance racks!

    • Courtney

      Tanger outlet coupon books are the best! Alot of the time, you can find a coupon for a free one, which is even better. Saves lots of money.

    • reggie55

      In addition to regular savings, I stock up on end of season clearance items. I buy the next size up for my growing boys to wear next year.

    • Erin

      Scouring racks can yield some awesome deals!

    • jlnails

      I always buy my clothes on into the season or towards the end. Usually by then everything is marked down and if you use coupons with that, you can get some great bargains.

    • Ingrid

      Why go to the mall when you can get just as cute/nice clothes at discount stores for so much less $$! TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Kohls are some of my favorites but no matter what store I enter I always head for the clearance racks first. You may have to dig but you can find such great prices!!! … and off season shopping is always a plus!

    • julie

      Get on the stores mailing list and they may send you coupons!

    • carrie m,

      I always buy off season.

    • jess

      A savy shopping tip, shop consignment stores!

    • redheadshopper

      I love shopping at clothing stores where you find fabulous designer names at great bargain prices. I shop off season and always watch the clearance racks. At Marshalls you can find fabulous deals anytime so you always win.

    • SB

      I check the ads just like I do for my food and other coupon items!

    • Susan

      Stick with what looks best on you, not following trends. Marshalls is great for traditional classic clothing that is up-to-date without being too trendy. So much fun to shop for clothes at Marshalls!!

    • debbie

      Shop after season sales.

    • Dianna

      I always buy from the clearance racks!

    • Grace

      I shop at consignment stores and try not to be afraid of trying A LOT of stuff on. I'm always surprised at the things I like once I actually have them on.

    • sharonkay83

      Shop consignments for kids clothes, shop off season for clothes for me and my husband. Ross is by far my favorite store. Marshalls and TJMaxx are a close second though!

    • MeghatronsMom

      I always ask at the register for coupons. They will usually give you one. I never buy anything full price either.

    • Shop off season!

    • LindseyA

      Buy your kids' clothes at deep clearance prices at the end of the season – but a size bigger for the upcoming year. Saves me a TON!

    • Morgan

      Many retail stores offer price adjustments within 14 days. When I buy something I try to check back and see if the item I bought was further reduced and if it is (within 14 days), then I get a credit for the difference (back to my credit card or however I paid). Its great!

    • JC

      I reccommend signing up for the TJMAXX, Marshalls credit card. Look for the deals…and then whenever you spend X amount of dollars ( Ican't remember exactly) they send you a $10 store credit. Kohls is also notorious for doing 10 off of 20 and then giving you a percentage off on top of that. I got a $850 1/2 carat diamond band for $150. IT was in the clearance section, I got 30% off and another $10 off. On top of that, they size it for free and it has a lifetime warranty.

    • Heather

      I will add to the great comments already here that you should always try to become a part of whatever “shopper card” they offer. Sears and Kmart has their new promtional card to earn discounts. Also, Gymboree (my favorite store) has a Gymboree Rewards card where you can earn money back each quarter. Plus, they offer great coupons that can be paired with Gymbucks! Also, get on the email lists. I get great coupons that way without even trying.

      • Lucy

        Gymboree kids clothing is my favorite too, but to be honest, they rarely have *great* sales. Even if stuff is at 60% off, it's too expensive. I always have to wait and wait until the lowest price hits :)

    • Lindsey

      Consignment sales!!

    • sharonkay83

      Shop consignments for kids clothes, shop off season for me and my husband. Ross is by far my favorite store! Marshalls and TJmaxx are a close second though!

    • BEE

      Smaller chains often switch their clothing every couple of weeks/months. Their “older” (translate:month or two) clothing, still in season, greatly reduced!

    • renatajohansen

      Why go to the mall when you can get just as cute/nice clothes , Marshalls they have the best dresses.

    • dianecatherine

      Like many posters have said: buy off season and hit those clearance racks!! I've been amazed at some of the good deals I've found. I love getting a compliment from someone who just “loves” my top. My close friends I smile and say ” ____store, $7.99.” I love seeing their faces. :)

    • Leah_in_SC

      If I find something I like (even if it's an unbelievable deal), I try to name as many specific occasions I can think of that I can see myself wearing the outfit/item. If it's only a few, then I put it back. That helps me keep my closet clear of all the “OneTimeOnly” items. I'd much rather pay $50 for something I'll wear many times for several years, than pay $10 for something I'll only wear once. Hope that makes sense.

    • Kelly

      Shop for clothes out of season. Never buy anything that isn't on sale.

    • kemccarthy

      I think the best way to spruce up any wardrobe, is to accessorize! You can make anything you put on look great with the right necklace, earring, shoes ,scarf, bracelet, hat, shoes, etc… Mix and matching all these accessories makes your wardrobe go even further. Marshalls is a great store to stock up on any accessory you need at great prices…

    • suthrngurl67

      Why pay retail if you don't have to?????

    • Jeanne

      If you can't afford an entire outfit, just buy a great top at Ross and pair it with nice jeans or black pants.

    • emilymcgrew

      I love Marshalls and TJMaxx stores! you find such great deals on everything. I like especially looking for name brand things for the kids for such a good deal. Shop on the clearance rack and save even more!! Home goods there are also great. I have even found some of my hair products (that I usually buy at the salon) for way cheaper. I LOVE when I find a great deal on something that I need.

    • Ashley

      Here's a tip for shopping for maternity clothes. Check out the stores before you even start to get too big for your regular clothes. That's when last season's clothes are on clearance. When you are at your biggest, that season will be back around again. Also, those sleeveless tops are great for summer pregnancies, as well as winter pregnancies when layered with a sweater.

    • Sasha

      Buying clothes off season

    • tadpolefamily

      Children's Place has place perks that you sign up for…they send you awesome coupons and $20 and $30 coupons in the mail…based on how much you spend. I save so much money and get cute clothes for my boys!

    • Lauren

      My best tip is to only buy things you really like. If you buy something that you don't actually like that much just because it was on sale, it's money wasted.

    • Kelly

      I love Marshalls! What a great gift. :)

    • Jessica

      don't just buy it because it's on sale!

      • Lucy

        I totally agree. Sometimes even 60% off at Gymboree is too expensive LOL. I usually write a list, just like for groceries, of what I'm willing to pay for what. As for kids clothing, if a top costs more than $3 = too expensive ha-ha.

        • janet5631

          i usually get the clearance racks at Childrens place and find the same problem… but then again, there is the coupons online that u can print and bring to save enven more… I average $1 a shirt in there and $3 for pants :)

    • hannah

      I try to stick with basic/classic pieces that can be worn with several outfits.

    • irmolees

      Never shop without a coupon! UNLESS it it TJMaxx, Marshalls or Ross! Kohls is great when you get a 30% off!! And buy at the end of the retail season – they start drastically marking down spring items in March – hello, it is just SPRING! So watch them .. and love my Old Navy CC deals with 50% off to the first 50 customers!

    • Buy kids cloths 1 year in advance and all your x-mas/holiday cloths after the holiday occurred for the next year.

    • Sara

      Ann Taylor Loft clearance racks are fabulous!

    • Kristie

      I shop at thrift stores, consignment shops and yard sales. One of my many deals: I bought an Ann Taylor Loft dress for $7 at a consignment shop. With the outfit, I wore $6 Tommy Hilfiger brown boots (looked brand new) I bought at GoodWill. Even thrift stores have sales! ;o)

    • Rita

      Buy one or two trendy things each season to spruce up your wardrobe, but otherwise stick to more traditional pieces for a wardrobe that stays in style.

    • kris72

      I Love clearance and sales racks!!! Another thing I do is
      buy your basic black, brown,& tan bottoms and tanks…then
      accessories with lots of color.

    • Tonya

      I buy clothes when they are on a 50% off clearance rack with an extra 40% off. Pair that with a store coupon, and you get a great buy!

    • Marina115

      Always check your clearance rack first. You never know what you'll find and the price might even be lower than whats on the tag!!

    • Brandy

      I saw this tip on T.V. once..I think it was a show geared towards this every episode. Anyway, find an expensive outfit in a magazine or something like that, that you just love but can't afford or wouldn't have thought to put together. Then go to the store with the picture and find pieces that are very similar but inexpensive. Create almost the exact same look but for less. Works for people like me who aren't very good at putting “looks” together.

    • pastorswife

      Love Marshalls and Ross for workout clothes especially. Have bought items at Sports Chalet and stores like that- just not worth it. Get so much more for my money at discount stores- they look and feel great- and after all…you're just going to sweat in them!

    • I always, always, always hit the clearance rack, especially when seasons change. I buy clothing for the next year, granted sometimes the sizes may be a little off, (with two growing boys) but usually it's right on the money.

    • Kristen

      I buy my kids clothes for the following year at the end of the season to get great deals!

    • Jenni

      I always shop for my future clothes in their off season. By thinking ahead of what I’m going to need, it keeps me from impulse shopping. I usually shop online, so I always check http://www.retailmenot.com for codes to save extra, and I check for “member” bonuses, such as Divastyle with Torrid. Also, I’ve found that shirts and dresses fit way better, and look younger, thinner and sexier when I wear a bra that actually FITS, so bras are my one splurge. I get what I like, and what fits perfect, or I don’t buy it. It’s worth it.

    • Kylee

      Love yard sales for kids clothes–gotta stick it out to hit that one great sale with Gap/Gymboree clothes for cheap-o! Also love running into Goodwill for the kids. You can find some top brands in excellent condition from last season–I usually just find a couple of things each stop, but it is great to score a $30 dress or jeans for $2 or $3!

    • beckyfalkins

      Buy clothes one year ahead for kids on clearance rack at Kohl's with coupons.

      • janet5631

        and use the $5 free rewards they always have to get even more :)

    • Lyndsey

      Check for small damages to an item such as a stain that can be washed out or a pick in the clothing that will never be noticed and then ask for a discount. More times than not the answer will be “yes”.

      • Lucy

        Totally agree. A couple of months ago my husband bought a pair of Levis jeans for $55 at Macy's. I went to Ross and got the same quality Levis jeans for $8.99 because of a *tiny* stain that has washed out!

    • Alyson

      Update a simple shirt or dress with a great statement necklace! A new outfit for just the cost of the accessory!

    • Lucy

      The best thing for me to do is to buy clothes off-season. Never, I repeat, never buy clothing that is in-season or just came out, until you absolutely need it. Just like with groceries, prices vary, and in-season clothing costs top $$$. But clothes, especially for kids, for next year at end-of-the-season sales.

      For example, at the end of last summer, The Childrens Place had a HUGE sale, shorts and tops and what not for 99 cents. I also had a coupon for 15% off, and bought tons of clothes for my kids and my friend's kids at 84 cents a piece. I spent about $100, and bought a ton of stuff. Guess what? The 5 pairs of cargo shorts I got for my son for 84 cents last year are sold for $16 a piece in stores now. Same exact shorts! I have also already stocked up on Christmas outfits for the kids – at 10% of regular price.

      So my best advice is wait for the end-of-the-season sale + combine it with a coupon + combine with store rewards = pay 10% of retail or less.

      When I desperately need something, I use stores such as Marshalls, TJMax, or Ross. They have great deals every day :)

    • Rachel

      Always buy clerance on the off season!

    • jerriducker

      Look thru popular magazines and then go to marshalls and purchase the same look for alot less. you can sometimes get 2 or 3 outfits for the price of one in a major dept. store.

    • kristine

      I always head to the back of the store for the sale racks and best deals. Try to buy one size ahead in kids clothes when it is off season and always check consignment stores for those added items (belts, sweaters etc.)

    • Amy

      Clearance racks, sign up for store newsletters for coupons, and shopping for classics at the end of the season!

    • gabrielmorris

      You can't beat Ross's for Dresses. I went on a cruise and got a new cocktail dress for every night for less than $100!

    • mommydub

      I always buy my daughter's clothes for the next year during the after season sale. I won't buy it unless it is 75% off or higher. Most of her clothes are from Target and The Children's Place, but she has several outfits from Baby Gap. And those were even better deals at close to 90% off!

    • Michelle

      My tip is to try something on if it appeals to you, even if you don't think it will “look right on you.” Often, things you might not think would flatter you actually look better on you than on the hanger.

    • Snowski824

      Go often. I used to find great deals at Target b/c I went every Friday and could watch for mark downs. Now we live 20-30 min from a target so I never find the sweet deals.

    • Kristi

      If you find something at a store, especially Marshalls, that you really like, BUY IT! By the time you go through the processof debating the purchase, going home, obsessing about how great it would be to have, and then finally going back to the store to get it, it will be gone!!

    • SarahB

      Clearance racks and shopping on department store sale days..with coupons!

    • LauraBo

      I always buy on the off season. You can get 75-85% off of regular retail price!

    • Maggie C

      I buy all my shoes off season. I scour the clearance items at all the stores I like, then look for a coupon code. I just bought 3 pairs of really cute boots at Sears for less than 15.00 total including shipping. I can't wear them for another 6 months or so but when fall and winter comes I will be set!

    • Connie

      Great selection at a great price!! Love to shop at Marshalls!!

    • connieb03

      THanks Jenny I'll vote for you! Hope you win!

    • Hunter

      Stop by whenever you have the chance. Some days the store has so many great things that you can't choose what to get!

    • holdgate04

      If I find an item I truly love, such as shoes or a shirt or lip gloss, I always buy 2 because when the first one gets too old, I can never find a suitable replacement.

    • Dana E.

      My tip is to only buy what you really love, take care of what you have, and shop with a budget friendly mind. You'll have a closet full of clothes that you love, look good on you, and you wont spend a fortune.

      I have several pairs of jeans I bought years and years ago, but because I wash them carefully and air dry them, the stretchy material in with the jeans has never let go, and they still fit like a brand-new pair. Also, if they're dark jeans, turn them inside out when you wash them, it'll help reduce fading.

    • Mer

      I love the consignments in college towns – Plato's Closet is great when it is close to thousands of stylish younger women!!

    • Moorebuilder

      Buy clothes and then take them home and try them on and then return what doesn't work. 1. you wont have to deal with kids and dressing rooms! 2. you have different light and can sit, walk around and make sure it is a good fit. Nothing is a deal if it sits in your closet!

    • Heather24

      At the end of summer, I have been able to find AMAZING deals at Dillard's. One year, I was able to buy bikinis for the next summer for $1.99 for each piece. That's an incredible discount, just pack it away for next year!! Good luck, love the outfit :)

    • melsmayhem

      I have to dress for work and don't make time for serious shopping. I keep a list in my head of the basics in my closet and the best price I have gotten them at, then check the JCPenney website for Wed. deals and clearances of similar clothes. If it's below my best price, I get it. That keeps a good turnover, nothing looks overly worn, and I get it cheap. For example, Worthington dress pants often have multiple item #s and the same pant on sale is also listed on clearance for nearly 1/2 off. Great outfit and good luck!

    • Lindsay

      Shop at Belk in Feb/March and you can get clothes up to 90% off. My husband does this every year and most of what he bought this year was $19.99 – sports coats, nice button downs, slacks and got a suit for a GREAT deal.

    • Jessica

      buy out of season if you can…well, that's what i did for my wedding dress anyway! there was absolutely nothing wrong with it, except it was “last season”, and I ended up paying about a quarter of the original price…it was fabulous!

    • harrisontm

      Buy off-season at outlet stores and get kids' clothes for around $1-2!

    • afrye3

      I like to shop at the end of each season to find great sales. I also like to shop the outlets for kids clothes. Always go up a size for them.

    • SM

      Sign up for email and text alerts from you favorite store. They often send coupon through email and some are moving towards mobile coupons. Shop clearance racks. I love Marshalls I always find something for myself and a nice tie for my husband.

    • Kris

      Always go at the end of the season to get great deals on clearance items for the next year!

    • Alisa

      You can find great clothing at thrift stores, sometimes even brand new with the tags on them. Great job on the outfit

    • Spend the most amount of money on classic, quality, basic items for your wardrobe. Once those are in your closet, you can add very inexpensive accessories or trendy items each season and get the look you want without spending a ton of money.

    • noteworthymom

      I love shopping the clearance section at outlet clothing stores!

    • ashleypadams

      There are a couple of the girls on our street with kids similar in age/sizes and we all love to coupon/save money. We have swapped kids sizes and price points we want to stick within and if we are out and see something that we think one of us would like, we buy it. We also swap clothes when the kids outgrow them. We all have similar styles so it works really well for us.
      P.S. we LOVE marshall's for kids clothes (and so much more!!)

    • Amanda

      I always buy my clothes at the end of the season when they get marked down to clearance prices. I love Kohls and NY&Co. and combine their coupons with sale and/or clearance priced items to get an even greater savings. An extra tip I have is if you shop at Kohls, never buy something not on sale (not that any of us coupon savvy shoppers would) because they regularly have 50% off sales and pretty much everything will eventually get marked down to clearance prices as they always get new stock. You can always use their coupons on clearance items. I especially love their 15%, 20% and 30% off coupons for Kohls charge customers. I got my Dyson for around $250.00 with a sale and the 30% off coupon. That is pretty much the best price you can get a Dyson for and it was well worth the money!

    • Sarah M.

      I love to yard sale to find barely or never used clothing. I have found SEVERAL adorable pieces for .25 or .50 cents each!

    • Suzanna

      I love to copycat (less expensive versions of cute high end clothes), but when I do shop in more expensive shops, I go from the back of the store to the front. The sale racks are in the back–if I don't find what I want there, I just look at the things in the front of the store so I can find something similar in a less expensive store.

    • katclyde

      You can get great coupons & deals emailed to you just by signing up for a store's newsletter!

    • ASmith

      Spend a few extra dollars for a classic that will last.

    • Heather S.

      I find it is always better to spend a little extra money on a better quality pair of shoes, rather than having dozens of less expensive shoes you have only worn once in your closet. Another thing I have learned is to walk around in my brand new shoes in my house for a week before taking the shoes outside, just to make sure they fit right :)

    • Robin

      Marshalls is the place to go for active wear. I was looking for some exercise clothing or nice “sweat” pants (aka yoga pants) so I want to Dick's Sporting Goods. I couldn't pay $50 for casual pants to wear around the house and out and about. So, I went to Marshall's and found some for less than $20. From now on I will go there for my “sweat” pants.

    • Anika

      Check out the items on clearance first,there's usually a lot of good stuff there ;)

    • Kassandra Wood

      My suggestion is shop in the off-season! Just because it is 97 degrees outside doesn't mean you won't have a need for a nice petticoat, boots or beautiful red blouse. I also implement layering, as well, because we live in the south. I cannot tell you how many times I have found nice Polo tops for our son for pennies on the dollar at Marshalls and simply layered a crisp, long-sleeved white shirt underneath! When shopping for our children, I always hop ahead a size. Worst case scenario, the outfits don't fit and I sell them on Ebay, making HUGE profits in which I use to purchase more clothing. :D Thanks for this giveaway! Oh, the wonders I can do with $25 in the off-season!

    • artzgurl

      Really love whatever is in your cart. Buying something that is a “good buy” but isn't something you love is just clutter waiting to happen! ;)

    • Amanda Carnes

      I like to buy things that mix and match and get several outfits out of…as well as buying them on a great sale, using coupons with them, too!

    • karagriff

      Buy clothes on clearance at the end of the year, especially for kids if you can!! I have saved so much money doing that!! Thanks!

    • maryivy

      I enjoy shopping at Marshalls and the savings they offer. My advice is to go often so you can get first pick of colors and sizes!

    • Stephanie

      I always shop the sale and clearance racks first, then move to regular priced items, if I don't think I will wear it very much, then I don't spend over $10, if it will last for years to come, then I will spend more.

    • I always buy on clearance or discount stores. Even better, I shop the clearance racks at the discount stores! I have always been frugal when it comes to clothes shopping! I even got my prom dress on clearance!

    • Julia

      Buy inexpensive accessories to change up something you already have.

    • Laura O.

      Always go straight to the clearance!! :)

    • Outlets! I wait for a coupon and then shop at outlets!

    • Chrissy

      Last year I got a killer deal on a Christmas dress for my daughter. I went to Kohl's a with my 15% dicount for using my Kohl's charge, and $20 Kohls's cash, I only paid $6 for a $50 dress!

    • Ciji

      If your in a store like Marshalls, you have to look through all the racks. Its sound crazy, but my favorit items that I have found where never in the right size section. Sometimes other people move items to save for when they come back, or just dump them cause they don't want to buy them anymore. So take the time to LOOK!!

    • lyssibee

      Shop expensive, but buy inexpensive. I like to browse the fashion magazines & “shop” for the look I want. Then I cut out the pictures and go to stores like Marshall's, TJ Maxx and Ross to create my own knock-offs for less!

    • Sandy Rieder

      Buy clearanced clothes out of season.

    • Becca

      Take advantage of the outlet mall and go when you have a coupon use!

    • Jessica

      If you'd be upset if it wasn't there if you decided to come back later – go ahead and get it! I've lost too many PERFECT jeans or dresses that I didn't get because I was being TOO cheap. :D

    • Amy

      Always stock up for next year at the end of the season. I'm still finding winter clothes for just 1 or 2 dollars for my kids for next fall!

    • Jennifer

      Thrift stores in college towns have great bargains!

    • Savvy shopping tip? Shop at Marshalls!

    • Chelle

      Don't buy something just because it's on the clearance rack and you love the print or look of the garment. It may look great on the hanger but not so great on you. Observe your body shape and size then find clothing, preferably items that mix-n-match each other, to maximize your best assets and your wardrobe!

    • sush

      note the item code and search online .. buy when there is 30%off+free shipping …. works with kohls

    • Danielle Scott

      Always check the sale racks first. Also shopping out of season saves a bundle.

    • Melanie

      I love to look for Ralph Lauren Polo shirts there.

    • dualbabies

      Never pay high price for trendy clothes that will be out of style in a year or two. But, be willing to pay a little extra for classic, well-made clothes that fit well and will last. Having something in your closet that fits and looks great is priceless.

    • Susan

      Never pay full price—and be confident in whatever you are wearing.

    • ohthreegirls

      Spend Money on the staples and classic pieces But bargain shop for the trends.

    • Marilyn Freidhof

      I buy clothes for next year when they are on sale the season before. But I keep a list of things in my purse so I remember that I already have a hat and gloves for the 6 yr. old already and don't buy more.

    • erinbdorman

      Definitely, shop the clearance racks at retailers, and be ready to use Kohl's cash and things like that to help you. Also, stay connected with friends and co-workers who shop at places like Kohl's but who never seem to make it back to use their cash….you might be able to score some low-priced or free outfits like my very smart sis-in-law!. Be sure that any little “on-sale” outfit that you purchase for a friend's baby or for your gift closet is something you would like to receive (although, as a second time mom, I know that a good, cheap pack of diapers is most appreciated, anyway!!!

    • Jill

      Don't cut off the tags until you are SURE you will wear it…check your stores return policy to be sure you can return just in case you get your “impulse” buy home and decide you don't really need it! Sometimes I just fee like I “need' to buy something, but by the time I get home with it that feeling has passed!!!

    • Shop the clearance rack! There are always good deals there. You might have to buy a season ahead of time but it is worth it.

    • My shopping tip is to work around existing pieces so it's like creating a whole new outfit!

      Melissa_Redhead01 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    • kabv3g

      my husband and I kove shopping at Marshalls and looking at the price we should have paid for the item and them what we are really paying by shopping there! Great brands for half the price!

    • Courtney

      Spend and buy quality classic staples but bargain shop for trends.

    • Sophia

      My tip is for shopping discount stores like Marshalls. You have to look through all the racks! Things always end up in different sections. I found a great designer bag originally $100 marked on clearance for $15 in the baby section, and my best find was a Coach trench coat originally $400 marked for $40!!! It was an XS stuck in the XXL!

    • pdtskyprincess

      I shop off season for the children. Feburary (for winter) and September(for summer) tend to be the best months. Alos, Old Navy runs 50% off of clearance and that is a good time to snag deals. For myself I am always on the look out for clothing deals, whether at Goodwill, yard sales, or Marshalls

    • jhillpot

      Pretty dress! My tip- beware of clothes needing alterations. If you're handy with a needle, adjusting a hem isn't bad if it gets you a good deal…if you'll actually adjust the hem. Sadly, I have a few articles of clothing that have yet to be worn, as I've never actually gotten around to altering them. So just know youself, and think if you actually have the time to do that sewing or not.

    • Katie

      Only purchase things when they are on sale 9preferably a sale that can be paired with a coupon), and make sure that they are things that you need, love, and can pair with at least 3 other things in your wardrobe.

      Additionally, I have found that sometimes you can go try a new in-season non-sale item on in the store and then go home and find the same item in the right size on e-bay for a fraction of the price.

    • Melissa M

      My best shopping tip is to shop the day after holidays…I get my little ones' halloween costumes, easter dresses, christmas outfits, etc. for fractions of the original price by buying them after the holiday and using them the next year.

    • kevin

      before i look at the price tag of an item i determine how much i think it would reasonably cost. If the tag is over that amount i do not continue to look at it and move on.

    • tcrede

      find your “designer” look in magazines or online. Just cut or print out the picture of the outfit and find the exact outfit for a fraction of the cost at Marshall's. Buy it when you see it or it will be gone next time you go in! Marshall's has great accessories as well…shoes, purses and jewelry! You can always return it if you change your mind.

    • Michelle

      I like to shop the clearance racks and also clearance sales online. You can always find great solid color shirts that won't be going out of style and that you can mix and match with a lot of things!

    • Ingrid

      Combine vintage clothes with new style shoes

    • Jenn

      Accessories can really make an outfit look new and fresh. Look for bags, jewelry, hair accessories, belts at places like H&M and Forever 21. You won't spend a fortune at those stores but they always are selling the trends!

    • maryt

      I always buy clothes at end of season when the go on clearance

    • Tina Barthelemy

      A savy shopper shops as much as possible at Marshalls because the great finds change daily.

    • kwarren205

      Try on jeans or swimsuits whenever you can 'cause finding that perfect pair of jeans or the perfect swimsuit is totally worth the effort! Plus, you slowly become more comfortable with seeing your body in a swimsuit! :)

    • Kelly

      My shopping tip is to buy basic wardrobe foundation pieces in black/khaki/white when they are clearanced, then accessorize with fun or seasonal items, like scarves or jewelry. I like Ross, always good prices on kid's clothes too.

    • Laura

      Buy some cute colorful shoes and where them with jeans and a tee- makes you feel so cute and cheerful!!

    • I have LOTS of tips. I ONLY shop clearance off season clothes. I NEVER buy Dry Clean only. I ALWAYS try my clothes on before I buy and I sit down and lean over before I buy the items. To many times I would just buy something, get it home and it be to low cut. I would have to waste the time and gas to take it back, or buy an under shirt to go under it not to show anything.

    • Bonnie

      I buy baby gifts at places like Marshalls off season when they are 75% or more off. I am able to give a nicer gift for less money.

    • Lindsay

      If you find something you like on sale but not in your size…have the store call all other stores nearby, I've done this many time and been able to get what I wanted at a GREAT price.

    • melpchef

      Wear solid colors for the spring in clean cuts and then put a funky print scarf in your hair like a headband to make the look fun. And thrift stores are always good!

    • chrissybl

      Clearance Racks are my favorite place to shop!! We always get Polo shirts for our kids at Marshalls you can find them for anywhere from $7 to $15.

    • skflbeaches

      Shop Marshalls first, every time!

    • Wendy

      SMART SHOPPING: buy your childrens' clothes out of season (buy spring in the fall/winter in the spring) one size or 2 sizes up. For myself: I buy at Marshall's or the MAXX as we call it around here :-) I buy classic items that will last year to year and I wash them ONLY when necessary. I buy things that I LOVE and not things that are impulse buys that I will wear only once or twice. My Marshall's has been my go to place for 7 years now and the people are wonderful! Huntsville, Al.

    • brandi

      I do lots of off season shopping. When the items are on clearance and marked down from there, I know I am getting a good deal.

    • Carrie S.

      Buy clothes at the end of the season for the next year! You can get so much more for your money!

    • laura

      I love Marshalls! they have great designer sunglasses at a fraction of the cost.

    • KC

      The two things I try to do when deciding whether to buy a clothing item are
      1) think of at least 3 different places I can wear it (with minimal alterations to accessories and such). For example, a dressy outfit- is it appropriate for church? work? a dinner date?
      2) think about what I already have that could coordinate and be worn with it to change up the whole look.

    • jessinac

      Good Luck in the contest!

    • Lauren Parsons

      Marshalls has really cute designer (Tommy Hilfiger, Polo, etc) flip flops at great prices. Sometimes they are with the swimsuits, but sometimes they are with sports clothes.

    • Michelle

      I am usually a season behind on all of my clothes but it's the only way to get the trends that I want at a price I can afford

    • maedae93

      I always buy end of season clearance stuff for the kids, at least 1 size bigger for the following year. I was able to buy a bunch of tanks/halter tops for my daughter last year at the Children's Place for under $1!!!

    • andrea hutching

      I love Marshalls…just went there today!!

    • tagsmom2008

      My tip is to buy things that can mix and match. You get a lot more “outfits” for your money!!

    • Lisa

      I sign up for e-newsletters from my favorite stores. They are always emailing me coupons for their store.

    • heidischk

      Scan the clearance first! And try to leave the kids at home so you can concentrate on finding the perfect deal!

    • Laura

      I try to turn shopping into a bit of a workout. Especially if it's a big store. I don't saunter around; I power-walk (minus the dramatic arm motions)!

    • wendyc33

      i always love marshalls after christmas sales.

    • shelby43

      Clearance racks-Marshalls,Ross,T.J.Maxx!

    • t_melisha

      Shop at the end of seasons for next year to get the best prices.

    • nancycrom

      I shop for clothes the same way i do for groceries. I buy most of my clothes when they're on sale or clearance, whether i need it right away or not, right season or not. Then put it away in the closet. If you wait for an event you need an outfit for, you'll have a hard time finding something, and you'll likely pay top price.

    • janellewilder

      I always shop on a 1-10 scale..1 being awful looking and 10 being so sexy or beautiful that I can't live without it. If the piece is on sale and it looks like an 8 on me, I may buy it. But if not on sale, and only an 8, I wouldn't buy the outfit. I try to stick to only buying 10s. That way I am not dropping my closet to Goodwill all the time. I also bring things home for my hubby to see and then he rates it for me as well, if I can't decide. I mean why buy it if it doesn't knock his socks off, right?

    • esynan

      Have all of you friends over for a clothes swap. Every body brings clothes that they have they don't fit or they don't wear, and trade!

    • AWS

      I find great accessories at Kohls when they send out the $10 off coupons through the mail. Their jewelry is almost ALWAYS on sale and you can find a great trendy necklace or earrings to update a classic outfit for a whole new look!

    • jessica

      I love trying to find great pieces at consignment stores!

    • Leah

      I like to look for unique accessories! I actually found a great Vera Bradley belt at Marshalls for around $10…it has tons of colors in it so I can throw it on with several different solids (which you can usually find pretty inexpensive as well). Makes for tons of fun!

    • ZinaGIrl

      Savvy clothes shopping tip: By quality staple pieces that can be accessorized into lots of different looks and occasions. Then you can buy cheaper seasonal & fad items (such as accessories or “last season” items on sale) without having to the big bucks creating an extensive wardrobe!

      The best part is, you can change your look as often as you want, since inexpensive accessories are easy to find!

    • Ann

      I shop at the end of season for myself, hubby, and my girls. I buy my girls a size bigger. I always hit Dillard's at end of season for great shoes. I set a limit of $15.00.

    • ccasey1978

      Get all your girlfriends together and have a clothes swap party. You can save lots of money and still get to mix your wardrobe up a little.

    • AnnJ

      go with cash and stick to it!

    • Michelle Beachy

      It sounds like everyone is already saying my favorite tips. I haunt everything from Goodwill to yard sales to clearance racks at the mall or Marshalls. I am also learning to have fewer items I really love, even if it means paying a little more then to have so many things that don't go together as well. My favorite shopping trick for the boys is to trace their feet on paper and keep it in my wallet along in the clothing money section. That way if I see a great deal on shoes, I can tell if they will fit even if they aren't physically with me.

      • Whmartin

        That is such a great idea. I love it. I am going to borrow that one. Thanks so much.

    • Teresa

      I LOVE the dress! So summer! Would go great with lots of different accessories!

    • Holly F

      Buy what you love and you'll have less clothes in your closet that you don't wear.

    • brodybugsmomma

      I always buy my clothes and my sons clothes out of season when they are very discounted. He is an only child so this is the next best thing for pricing since he isn't able to receive hand me downs from older siblings or cousins. Would love to win!

    • Jennifer@centurytel.net

      I pick up fashionable pieces here and there on sale or clearance pre-season. Then at the beginning of every season I see what I've collected and buy only the necessary itfems to make them into outfits

    • Heather

      Best shopping tip is to shop at Marshall's and Ross! :)

    • LD

      Tip
      When I buy basic wardrobe pieces , I spend a little more for well made items and make sure they are classic styles. This way I have to worry less about pilling, fading and going out of style. So in the long run less money out of pocket . The classic black dress, a tuttle neck , things like that . I

    • Kimberly

      End of season clearance summer tees work great all year round for southerners … just layer something with longer sleeves in the winter.

    • Laura

      Acsessorizing is key!

      Not only like what you wear you have to LOVE what you wear!
      (It's called WORK IT!)

    • Swimc9912

      Love the dress and scarf. Just scored an adorable CK dress myself at Marshalls just last weekend! They are one of the best places I have found for great looking Women's size clothing.. stylish so I can look good, but afforadble so I can buy more than one piece!

    • Lisa Harrell

      Build a staple wardrobe that can be accessorized to change the look.

    • atlpetey

      When I want to buy something specific, like a pair of Dansko shoes, I go to http://www.shopping.com and compare prices between many different stores in one portal. It’s easy and I have saved lots of money by finding the best deal.

    • Lori

      I always have a plan and agenda when shopping – clothing is no different. Go with a budget in mind and only purchase the items that you NEED not want. Try to always find a sale and coupon whenever possible to maximize your dollars. And most of all, have fun!

    • rebekah80

      Buy classic pieces that you LOVE and will wear again and again. I like to recycle my old clothes by taking them to consignment shops and then using that money to buy new clothes. :)

    • Rebecca H.

      Just because something is on sale does NOT mean it will look good on you. Only spend your money on items that make you look and feel like a million bucks. Otherwise, you will never get your money's worth out of an item.

    • Mandie

      Two words- Goodwill half off days. Ok that was more than two words lol :)

    • kjmiller

      I buy all my kids' holiday outfits and dress shoes on eBay. Usually these have only been worn once or twice anyway and look new. (I usually shop for the Gymboree clothes because they look so great and resell well). Anyway, I rarely pay more than $20 total per child! After the holiday or special occassion, I relist on eBay and usually make as much or more back on them as what I originally paid for them.

    • my3sons

      Buy things on sale you like that can be worn dressy or casual. Like a black sun dress can be worn casual with flip flops or add a necklace with cardigan and heels and you are ready for a night out!

    • Set a price point for yourself. For kid clothing, mine is 3 bucks for any single item (so a whole outfit for a kid would be at MAX $6). Then, whether I'm shopping new or used, I can tell if it's really a good deal or not! :)

      Here's hoping! I'd LOVE to win!

    • susan

      buy at the end of the season when they have both sales and coupons.

    • maehingo

      Don't shop when your not feeling your BEST about yourself! I've seen friends spend $$ on items they wore one time because of this!

    • Stephanie Jones

      Always check the clearance! Sometimes you can find items that are still in season, espically esential items (jeans, little black dress, T-shirt/Everyday shirts) I found a CUTE little black dress on clearance @ Kohls for $10 then I had 30% off coupon, $7 for a $68 retail dress! I LOVE THE DRESS, now I need my husband to take me on a date night so I can wear it!!

    • dwaynejenn46

      I just learned about Sears' Children's Club. They said they will replace any item with an identical one in the same size if it's worn out. I haven't tried it out yet, but I plan to buy my oldest son's next pair of jeans there…he usually wears holes in the knees within a few months. If they get worn out then I can trade them in and use them for him longer, then for his little brothers as hand me downs.

    • Teresa

      Shop your closet first…..Hit the clearance/sale rack at your favorite discount store second…..Love Marshalls/TJMaxx!!!

    • Ashleigh

      Hit the consignment stores when they are having their season end sales. Buy a size larger and you have clothes for your kids for the next year.

    • savysaver

      I always buy a year in advance at the end of the season with coupons at Gymboree, Carters, babyGAP and Children's Place. I have found that I can find BETTER deals at the regular stores verses the outlet stores. Strange but usually true. Everyone thinks the outlet has the absolute best prices but I have found out differently on more than one occassion. I also resale the clothing and almost make back the small prices I paid originally. You can have great new name brand children's clothing for very little OOP expense if you shop wisely.

    • garage sales!!!!!!!!!

    • brentwoodteri

      When shopping for discounts, be sure to buy accessories that not only compliment your new outfit, but ones that can also accessorize other outfits so when you wear a not-so-new outfit, you still bring something new to it and make it a little different next time!

    • chelsea1027

      Buy last seasons clothes on clearance for your kids in the size they will be next year.

    • Christine

      Always check the clearance rack first. I found an organic cotton long sleeve t-shirt (in a great shad of purple) for $.70. I used my TJ Maxx credit card (always paid off monthly) for approximately 10% return for future merchandise. The guy at the counter almost dropped his jaw! I take great pride in wearing this casual shirt and my girlfriends love it……if they only knew the price. Full retail – $40 – My Maxxinista Price $.67. Got to love it!

    • Jeanne

      Most stores do markdowns at the same time of the month…ask an employee when they will they do markdowns and that the store that say to find the best buys

    • tina0381

      Shopping requires PREPARATION! When planning a shopping trip, always search online for printable coupons to carry along with you into ANY stores you think you may make a purchase. You will NEVER pay full price, and will often walk away with some fabulous steals!

    • RebeccaFer

      My tip would be to really take care of your clothes by using the right temperature for each piece, wash with like colors, air dry if possible and don't over dry. Marshalls is a great place to find bargains on high end clothes and accessories! I once got an awesome Anne Taylor bag for $10 because it had a small rip on the inside … inside!!! I still have it five years later and it still looks like new PLUS I still get compliments on it! :D

    • Jennifer H.

      Buy clothes for your baby ahead of time on clearance, instead of when they NEED it. You'll save lots of money that way and keep from being an impulse buyer!

    • Teresa

      If you see it at Marshalls and love it, buy it! Odds are it will not be there when you come back… that is why it is at Marshalls, great prices! :) Now at the mall, because of the high prices, it will be there when you come back! ;)

    • Vicki

      I love the LOFT on special sale days or when they send a coupon. It may cost more than Old Navy or Target, but the quality is so much better and the clothes can take a lot washings and still stay nice. Worth it to spend a little extra to not have to replace them so soon.

    • ileana

      Talk to your close friends to see if any of them work at a clothing retail store. I have one that works @ Dillard and she holds the bras for me until they drop dirt cheap. I usually get them for less than $10. Than I have one that works @ Macy's. It's great when they have sales + employee discounts or friends & family nights! Got shirts & polos for the boys for $2.62 today! YAY!

    • mom234now

      tag team! my sister in law, my mom, cousins and friends, we all look out for each other and keep each other updated on sales and coupons, etc.

    • Mrs M

      If you see something you like, but are unsure of purchasing, pick it up anyway! Don't leave it and say I'll come back later and grab it…because it will be gone! I've lost many great finds this way. This is especially true when browsing clearance racks and at yard sales. You can't regret missing that great deal if you grab it and hold on to it. Worst case scenario…you decide you really don't want it and set it back down.

    • Abby

      I love Marshall’s. Great deals at wonderful prices!

    • Melinda

      I try to stick to basic designs and styles and dress them up with accessories. The newer, trendy clothing tend to go out of style quicker. Also, keep a note pad in your purse reminding you about things you need in your wardrobe. You’re always ready for that unexpected sale.

    • Crystal

      Don't bring the kids:)

    • Bridgette

      We shop at consignment sales on the 1/2 off days for children's clothes. They grow out of them so fast that most of the time they are in great condition. With adult clothes, we shop at discount stores with coupons. The clothing lasts longer and is usually great quality. I buy my husband's jeans with coupons and can usually get a $50 pair for 1/2 that or less!!

    • Carole

      Love finding hidden deals at Sam's on cute clothes!

    • Bhumi

      My thrifty Tip:

      Buy clothes, off season from clearance racks wth coupon.

    • Geriann

      sales sales and more sales

    • summersharp

      Shop at consignment stores — great stuff for hlf the price!!

    • I love Ann Taylor Loft! I have a credit card there that I pay off whenever its used. I recently had a “coupon” for $15 off any $15 purchase since it was my birthday month. I ended up finding a shirt in the sale section, marked an additional 50% off. It rang up 14.99 and then I added a cute stationary set I found near the register marked down to like $1.16 or something random. OOP I paid like .48 after taxes, my boyfriend thinks its funny but he loves how I am so good with finances and saving money! I did the same thing at Victoria's Secret. I bought two sale items, marked an additional 50% off and used a $10 off a $10 purchase coupon that I had also received as a cardholder for my “birthday month.” Total OOP was about $3 for the purchase and I sold both tops on eBay for close to $30. Talk about a great deal! :)

    • sherry

      If you really like something, and its on clearanceat a great price, you better buyit because it most likely won't be there when you come back.

    • I always check for clearance priced items and I like to check the daily deals on Wal-Mart and Target for some clothing. Also, I keep an eye out for any money saving coupons and sign up for any savings or rewards programs they offer. Kohls, JCPenney and Sears frequently have sales and offer coupons or savings I've noticed. Plus, I take advantage of any freebies or almost free stuff from places like Aeropostale and Victoria's Secret!

    • Mandy

      Shop for sales during the off season…for example, buy winter clearance once Spring is approaching :)

    • April

      If you can't buy it on clearance, don't purchase it unless you just can't live without it or must have it for an occasion.

    • evd

      sometimes it is worth it to spend the extra money for something you love instead of buying cheaper things that are not that great…I also pay a lot for my jeans but only buy them every 2 yrs so I think I save money.

    • sherra

      Belk is my fav. place to get a good deal! there is usually a coupon you can take with you! They have good door buster sales as well! I got a pair of 110 dollar sheets for 30 something last week :) And there clearnce rack is always pretty good! (got a $50 dress for 11 last sat!… my tip is always look online for a printable coupon before you head out to clothes shop beacuse there usually is one!

    • Abbie

      Spend your money on the basics – the perfect pair of jeans, a great little black dress, some nice black shoes.

    • Erin

      Buy kid's clothing out of season when it's on clearance. I keep a log of items in each size (and color) in my purse so I know what I have. This also works for adults if you avoid super trendy items, which will probably be out of style by the time you get adequate wear out of it.

    • Tanya

      Trade out services with your friend “the seamstress”. Then you can buy clothes that do not fit quite right and have them altered.

    • Melanie

      My favorite tip – watch Southern Savers for clothing coupons! In the last few months, I have gotten 3 tops at The Limited, regularly $34.50, for $4, and one top this weekend at Aeropostale for $2.25, regularly $25.40. Get your coupon and then find something as close to free as you can!

    • cyoung

      I go through my clothes at the beginning of each season and take anything I haven't worn in a year or more to the consignment shop. Then I use my earnings to buy something new!

    • Amanda Y.

      I save money and pain (I hate shopping usually!) by buying mix and match tops & bottoms. I usually buy all lighter tops and darker bottoms and then almost everything can be mixed & matched!

    • Michelle

      Go in weekly, then you get to pick through all of the new stuff at the best prices.

    • Denise McClain

      when shopping for clothes I check out goodwill and thrift stores then purchase accessories and shoes when they are on sale; especially clearance and seasonal!

    • Kelly Hall

      Shop at Marshalls – thats my tip!

    • Daisha Johnson

      I shop Ebay, garage sales and second hand stores first. Then I head to awesome stores like Marshalls next. We have one a few blocks away!

    • christieg

      I try and find pieces that coordinate easily with other things. But my oldest 2 daughters just got to the stage where they like”trendy”clothing so to make things fun and frugal we have a contest to see who can score the most for their money. They wear themselves out looking in every corner trying to find the best deals. They do pretty good sometimes too. Also don't be afraid to ask “is this the best price for this item”, often the manager will give a discount or at the least will clue you in on an upcoming sale!

    • melsfullhouse

      Sign up for your favorite store's emails and most likely you will get first notice of sales plus printable coupons and coupon codes…only buy full price if it is for a special occasion or pictures…you can almost always get stuff on sale.

    • foxymama2

      After Target puts things on clearance and they don't sell, they often end up at our local Good will, still new with tags at hugely discounted prices! I have gotten everything from maternity clothes, to bedding to kiddie pools, floats, etc. this way! Check your Goodwill to see if they have a partnership with Target!

    • Shop at nice stores where they have a reputation for clothing that holds up well for a long time, but buy it on sale!

    • Don't be afraid to spend some dough on a great pair of jeans….I'm just waiting for the right pair of jeans

    • i always buy when something is on sale, so i never feel guilty :)
      and yes, i buy when i find, not when i need – this way is cheaper :)

    • Bretta

      Never pay retail!

    • Tricia

      A few great pieces are better to have than a closet full of so-so pieces.

    • ladebug82

      I try to buy a season ahead. For example, last fall I bought summer clearance one size up for my son. I just pulled out his summer clothes bin a few days ago, and he now has 12 pairs of shorts, 17 short sleeve shirts, and 4 pairs of sandals/ flip-flops, all purchased for less than $75 because I bought everything during “Off Season”.

    • mhinkle

      Always be willing to shop out of season, especially for your children.

    • I always wait about 5 or 6 weeks after I see a new shirt or pants I want, ive learned they typically go on sale or clearance after that. I also love to shop for winter coats when winter is ending and vice versa for summer. I am a clearance junkie

    • Larissa

      Stick with your decision rather than driving back and forth to lots of stores. The cost of gas is high enough that less shopping with a little more out of pocket evens up in the end.

    • amycorene

      Even if something is dirt cheap, don't buy it if it doesn't work for you. If it doesn't fit your body or if the colors aren't right for you, save your money. Eventually you will find something at a great bargain that really works, and it will be the best kind of deal.

    • Patti Goss

      My daughter and 5 year old grandaughter arrived at their home one afternoon to find it almost empty. Husband/Dad had cleaned out their home and moved. My grandaughter's clothing was even gone. It has taken many hours of shopping sales and second hand stores for a spring wardrobe. Her favorite top and skort I found at Marshalls each under $5.00.

    • crissyk

      ALways shop off season, you get the best buys

    • mingle411

      I always look through the sales and clearance racks first to see if there is anything there I can purchase that will mix well with things I already own to create a fabulous outfit. I also prefer to buy classic pieces that will last for years and change my accessories, shoes, scarfs, jewelry, etc. each season to make the item look new and trendy.

    • Chandra

      Shop the clearance rack and buy when the season ends for the next year.

    • flowergirl889092

      I agree with others, buy what you love! It's not a deal if it sits in your closet with the pricetags still on it!

    • ambersq

      The thing that works best for me is having a twin sister who loves to hunt down the bargains and is willing to share in her good finds. If you don't have a true twin to share with- find someone of similar size and style and double your wardrobe for free!

    • ceschliman

      I always try to go to the clearance rack with a coupon for either % off or $ off a min purchase. Lots of stores are allowing you to include clearance items! I'm able to buy something less “every day” wear and not feel bad about how much it was. I tend to buy more versatile in the interest of money, but with a good clearance sale and coupon you can really up your wardrobe:) Also, I will buy up those long beaded necklaces when on clearance. They really dress up a otherwise so so outfit:)

    • Susan H.

      Buy kids clothes at the end of the season for the following year.

    • k9kol

      This has probably been said before, but shop clearance from the last season for the next season! I just got a beautiful winter coat for 14 dollars (compared to 190!). Yeah, I have to sit on it until next winter, but then i can shop for summer stuff cause I don't need a winter coat! :)

    • Fatina Clark

      I hit the clearance racks first and plan for future seasons – especially for the toddlers. I get lots of things that way! Marshall's is one of my favorite places to shop.

    • christina

      By solids generally and reserve pops of color for that added dimension. You can find some pretty interesting accesories at Marshall's! Good Luck Jenny!!!

    • Alison

      For kids, consignment sales are amazing. Usually the kids have grown so fast that a lot of the clothes are still in great condition, for a fraction of the price. For adults, clearance at the end of the season is a great way to get more for less! Forever 21, Marshall's, TJ Maxx, and Target all have good “trendy” things for less.

    • shaunascoupons

      Sleek and simple is the way I like it. I buy on clearance if I can't find what I need at the thrift store.

    • Shelley

      I like that Marshall's(and the like) have name brand workout clothes for a great deal! I can still wear Nike/Addidas and pay way less!

    • dealKATcher

      I have a couple of tricks that I use:

      1) I buy items in the off-season. I love going to the Children's Place and getting it on clearance and then getting to use my coupon!

      2) I buy some great accessories to jazz up my basic items: a necklace that has different color stones and goes with just about anything; a red bracelet and red shoes to wear with a black and white shirt; an ornamental belt.

      3) Lastly, I work with a bunch of ladies who have children from teenagers on down. We pay it forward by passing down clothes from our children or bringing them in to sell for $1 to each other. It's cash in the seller's pocket and a steal of a deal for the person buying it!

    • mary

      don't buy something you're not sure of and check clearence first!

    • I always shop Clearance right after the season is almost ending and then I hunt for coupon codes. I recently just paid $6.36 for 2 sweaters, regularly priced $44/sweater by shopping clearance and using coupons.

    • Jennifer

      I used to work part time at Marshalls so I would get an additional 10% off their already low prices! The only trick to that is you can not shop when you work… or else you won't have a paycheck. And a couple times a year, they would offer a weekend with 20% off for employees- so I would wait until those weekends to do any bigger shopping trips.

    • Maegan Hall

      If i buy something where I want matching accessory, I immediately browse the store to add another shirt that goes with the necklace/earrings so that I can use my jewelry multiple times.

    • Cathy B.

      Shop clearance for the followng season! You'll be able to find GREAT deals for like 25% of the price.

    • AmerEagle84

      Get a coupon and head to the clearance racks!

    • Leslie

      I love a bargain better than anyone, but do not buy clothes just because they are bargains. Make sure you love the outfit and will really wear it. Otherwise, no matter how inexpensive it is, it really is no bargain at all.

    • Almbrown

      Marshalls prices are low compared to other retailers which is why I shop their clearance racks. They have great clearance selections, wonderful for expanding your dollar power.

    • NicoleSC

      My friends and I went to an 80's themed party not too long ago and we needed outfits. Sadly our mom's got rid of all their outfits (I don't blame them) so we had to find them some other way. Goodwill has also been one of my favorite stores so we went there. I ended up finding the most beautiful dress (maybe for that time) for $6. All of my friends also found theirs too. They usually have sales with colored tags that are half off which makes the deal even better! If I ever need a costume for anything, Goodwill is my first stop!

    • tiffany

      my tip is to invest in 2 pairs of jeans that you love and that fit great…..even if that means paying a lot more than you do for any other clothing items! there is something great about feeling good in a pair of jeans, and they are so veratile…from lounge (sweatshirt)to party (shiny top and heeled sandals) to date night with your man. I have also noticed that when i try to save money on jeans i buy 6 pairs of cheap ones, because i dont really like any of them. good jeans also last a lot longer and wear better.

    • Ashley

      If you absolutely love the item AND it's a great value, buy multiples! I'm sure I'm not the only one that has a hard time finding a great fit. This way you will always have something that looks great for a long time to come!

    • diane

      Sometimes buying something on sale with a % off and a coupon at a department store is cheaper than outlets or even Marshalls. A lot of times Marshalls is cheaper than outlets. I used to find great buys – sometimes with tags on – at garage sales in really expensive neighborhoods

    • kblopez21

      My tip is to worry less about brands and more about comfort and style. You know you are getting a great deal because you are at Marshall's, so just search for your style and make sure it feels good to you and you feel good in it.

    • Jaclyn

      I always shop the clearance which sometimes means getting clothes for my kids a size too big and off season.

    • lowcountrytrends

      Shopping tip: Know what works for your body type and don't feel like you have to buy something just because it is on sale

    • Kim

      My BEST advice: Shop at the end of the season for the next season. In other words, buy winter clothes as they are bringing the summer clothes out and the winter ones are on clearance. And, of course, vice versa. However, I am also a big Marshalls shopper as they have GREAT deals when you need something now!

    • Kelly Drawdy

      I think you need to buy nice quality basic items that match with many things (jeans, black or kakhi pants/skirts capris or shorts)…you can find quality basics like these at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. It is a better savings in the long run to invest a little more on quality basics that you will wear more frequently and possibly for several seasons. Then you can purchase less expensive trendy items that you won't need to last more than a season or so…you can also find these types of items at at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. This will keep you looking trendy and fresh while keeping you within your budget.

    • tinap

      I always have a basic black skirt, pants and jacket. You then can buy different tops and make different outfits and looks.

    • Ruthie

      Never pay full price for anything!

    • Shelly

      If I know that I am headed to the mall for shopping I always google for coupons to my top stores. Its amazing how many printable coupons are out there. And I always head for the sale rack first. Then I work my way around the store. A lot of store also do price adjustments up to 2 weeks after your purchase

    • katiewalters

      I set a limit…mine is very low, 10$ but I dont spend more than 10$ on any article of clothing. Unless its a special occassion. I have plenty of clothes and part of the fun of it is the hunt!

    • Stephanie D.

      Always shop the clearance racks. Lots of times there are items on clearance that are just as good and nice as items marked at full price.

    • cdl1120z

      Check the clearance sections frequently. I have found shorts in the summer on clearance for .49 because they were from last year. Form a group of friends that will be on the look out for you when they shop. You can always reimburse them and it saves you a trip.

    • gina

      Buying clothes at the end or after the season usuallyl yields me the best deals!

    • Lisa

      Head to the suit racks at these discount stores for some fabulous deals….the suit can be worn as a set, or separately. For a more casual look, often the top/jacket looks stylish with a nice pair of jeans and dressier shoes. The suits are great for church, work, and can be accessorized for evenings out…banquets, date nights, corporate functions. I have also found many great looking dressy tops at these stores for $10-$15, and I continually get compliments on them. They look much more expensive than the price I paid!

    • Kasia

      Browse through your favorite clothes stores on line (the ones that carry the styles you like) to find out what you want and look for items of the same look for the fraction of their price in thrift stores and discount stores like TJMAXX.
      The worse scenario: going out shopping without an idea what you are looking for :(
      I've done it too many times and came back home with nothing. Since I started looking at the ideas of whole outfits before going shopping my shopping experience is more pleasent and I come back home with only the items i'm going to enjoy to wear.

    • Emmi

      Always check Marshalls clearance racks at the end of a season for something to wear the next year…ie. end of winter for winter the next year!

    • smcwilliams37

      I was nervous at first but I have started to be bold and ask for discounts if there is anything wrong with an item. I have never been turned down!

    • Jen

      I would say the best deals I get are when I shop early for events. For nearly all of my proms/homecomings I got my dresses for under $15 (90% off) by doing this! If you like it, it won't matter if it's from last year! I even found my sister's bridesmaid dresses this way, $10 each!

    • mdepuy

      I am always surprised at what people give away to Goodwill so I shop there frequently. I recently found a pair of Ann Taylor denim camp shorts with the tags still on. They didn't fit perfectly but even after paying for tailoring, they were cheaper than the store sale price, and they are custom fit!! Take the time to browse at Goodwill! Bonus … I always meet the nicest people there while I shop.

    • Jessica

      I always shop the clearance reacks first.

    • DD

      If you pay more for something that is quality now, you will end up spending less in the long run because it will last longer.

    • ms karyn

      shop places that are not considered quite so trendy or popular. lots of hidden gems. less foot traffic frequently means bigger selection for you!

    • CH

      If you don't love it, don't buy it. How do you know if you love it? You keep thinking about it, even when you leave the store.

    • smcwilliams37

      I used to be nervous but I started asking for discounts if there was anything slightly wrong. I have never been turned down!

    • Mark

      My tip is to shop around to different Marshall's stores. Many of them have similar merchandise, but often there are items you only find in one store. Look at google maps or something to find another one near you and if you can't find what you're looking for, it might be worth the half hour or so drive to the next nearest one.

    • Meegan

      You have to check out the twirlability of a skirt/dress before buying it. If that thing doesn't look fabo fabo while twirling, it's not worth the money.

    • Ana Maria S.

      I ALWAYS hit the clearance racks for all our needs and I mostly buy clothes once a season is over and then just save it for next year. I try to keep a little list of family members and the sizes they wear so that if I come across a great bargain I'm prepared to make a decision right then (whether we get it for ourselves or to give as a gift). I save so much money that way & get birthday and Christmas presents done way ahead of time. Of course if I can stack a coupon or % off on top of the already reduced prices I've accomplished my goal of getting new great quality clothing/accessories without breaking the budget :) Really nice outfit by the way that you have on in the picture!

    • S_Carolina_Girl

      I love TJ Maxx and Marshall's, but you don't always have to shop in those places to find great deals! Wait until this season's clothes go on sale or clearance, pair it with coupons, and your set! I've gotten shirts for my daughter as low as $1.99.

      I also got an outfit for myself at one of Belk's after season clearance sales. They often mark things down to up to 75% off, plus they give out 15-20% off coupons. I got a pair of dress pants and a top, usually around $160 for $12! That's over 90% in savings!

    • mommy2davin

      I get my good deals by buying clothes at the end of the season.
      I try to stock up on layering tanks and tee's when they go on sale at places like Target or Old Navy.

    • cyndia

      I buy what I like … I'm not brand specific so the variety is endless. I've learned if I like it and don't worry about where it came from or what brand it is I will wear it. I also never pay full price.

    • lorilowman

      buy what you love and always use a coupon if possible.

    • Jess

      If you love it, buy it, even if it's a little more than you normally spend. Don't be cheap!!

    • Melissa

      My tip is to buy something when you see it @ marshall's…because you might not be able to find it when you want it. But on the upside…you may find something you like alot more!!! And always check out their Baby and kid departments…they always have cute multi piece outfits at GREAT prices!!! :o)

    • Sandra

      I always head to the clearance rack first – look carefully – you never know what kind of great deal will be hidden in there!

    • Lisa

      My tip is to share clothes with your sister! It doubles your wardrobe!

    • tammyMD

      Buy clothes when they go on sale at the end of a season, make sure to think of approximate sizes for the following years.I bought my daughter some brand new designer jeans for $1 even though they were a size 10 while my daughter was still a size 4, lol.

    • Cherise

      Shop the clearance rack. There can be some good stuff that has been overlooked and you might get a good deal. Just take time. It always pays off!

    • Julie

      Start in the back of the store – that's where the clearance/sale items are usually located! :)

    • scrabbe

      I buy basic items in high quality material and then jazz those pieces up with trendy items that don't cost as much. I also love finding end of season sales to save things for next year! I LOVE, LOVE,LOVE Marshall's! It's by far one of my favorite stores!

    • roberta

      For our kids' clothes, we've had good luck with hitting big clearances at Old Navy and The Children's Place, and then buying big and “out of season,” which has limited significance in South Florida anyway.

    • pickleplug

      I guess my tip is distantly related to a savvy clothes tip, but always seems to work: to perk the loook of any clothing or outfit when in a hurry, always wear a little little color and shine! Goes a long way in helping the total look, when you don't have time to do a complete makeup job or you don't the best outfit.

    • Kim

      Shop off season and clearance rack.

    • bethany0226

      Always shop the sales! Never pay retail for anything, no matter how much you like it! And, we try to shop one season/or/year ahead for our boys…..(buy next year's size clothes from this years end-of-season clearance, etc.)

    • Denise P.

      I don't know if this is what you had in mind, but to save money on clothes you don't really need, don't look in the store. If there is a month that money is tight, the only way for me to not spend is to not “window shop” (it always leads to a purchase, for me).

    • Meej

      Shop sales/clearance items esp. when you get coupons for x amount of dollars off your next purchase starting on a certain date, then that way, if you REALLY need a full priced item, you can use the coupon to get your item and not spend as much.

    • Kim

      I use a lot of the same tips already mentioned like starting at the back of the store (clearance section) but the key is to buy clothes in the same color family or complementary ones so that you can build a wardrobe, not just a bunch of stand alone outfits. The assessories are the key to really jazzin' up an outfit. I am a nut for jewelry (rings).

    • Jennifer

      For babies I shop one or two sizes in advance so I can stock up during the clearance sales.

    • stacey

      I love Marshalls for the clothing and their home goods! I always shop the clearance racks w/ a coupon or code to get the best deals!

    • west4pam

      the only savvy shopping tip i can think of is to distinguish between wants and needs while shopping, its no fun but it has to be done.

    • Lyssa

      Try it on! If you don't love it in the store-don't buy it!

    • Susanne

      I would say yard sales, and our yearly church nearly new sale! Thanks!

    • Kim S

      I like to buy the basics, not trendy. You can always add a great pair of shoes, accessories and a great bag. Those are what can change an outfit dramatically.

    • miichaelcollins

      Solid colors are usually less expensive. Paired with the right accessories (shoes, jewelry, scarf, etc), you can dress up your outfit and create a look for half the price that is worthy of the runway.

    • lnw

      Never buy it if you don't love it. Even if it's a good price, if you don't wear it it's not worth it.

    • If you don't love it, don't buy it. And if you do love it, good luck trying to convince yourself it's actually worth the price. :) {Unless you're at Marshalls, of course!}

    • Linda

      I buy a few trendy, “younger, hip” clothes to mix in with my comfort zone. It makes me look younger because I'm in style but not like I'm trying to be 16.

    • ajkraft

      I rarely shop for myself anymore :-( But I do always buy my daughter's clothes at the end of season sales for next year- I can get an entire wardrobe for her for under $100, and it's really cute, good quality stuff!

    • aprilorr

      Always keep your eye out for great finds at antique stores for vintage looks to add to your outfit!

    • Vernell

      Buy at end of the season and /or search for online only deals.

    • Kara

      Even if you can find a great buy on something that necessarily wouldn't fit you, you can always refashion it to fit. Only takes a little sewing know how!

    • Ashley S

      Check the clearance and sale areas first. And shop end of the season sales for the next year!!

    • SandraE

      If you find something you like (like a style of shoes), check online for the item in other colors. Often the stores can’t stock all of the colors available. I found great shoes I love at Target, but they only had a few basic colors. When I went to Target.com, I found the same shoe in lots of different colors. I used coupon websites to get free shipping & 10% off the order online as well!

    • Jennifer Lewis

      I Love shopping at Marshall's and all the other discount stores. My tricks are pretty basic- buy items that can be mixed and matched with other items, keep checking back with the store on shipment days if looking for a particular item, and remember that it's not a great deal if you don't love it (or you have to dry clean it!)

    • Mommaof4kiddos

      Step out of your “comfort zone”, try some new things on…referring to styles, colors, patterns, and length. How many times have you picked and bought the same type, color clothes or shoes. Pick a few outfits out to take to dressing room, try them all on…you will be surprised what you might find that looks great on you!!!! Some MUST's on this shopping trip: NO KIDS, SOME TIME, and OPEN MIND and (last but not least) a good eye for the marked down/ sale items…the great thing about Marshall's it is already DISCOUNTED DESIGNER CLOTHES!!!

    • amyinsc

      This is my tip for children's clothes. I love to shop at Lands End Overstocks. You can get some really cute things at low prices. I got my dtr a pair of suade maryjanes for 9.99! T-shirts and skorts for 5.99. :)

    • heather

      1) if you see something you love, wait a little bit til it goes on sale
      2) go shopping at night and let your husband stay at home with the kids

    • AndreaB

      Buy what fits – not what size you would like to be. Try everything on!

    • Christine

      Use freecycle. Buy off the clearance and use a $$ off $$.

    • cmccabe

      Be open to puchase what is on clearance. Also, if it does not fit at the time of purchase, do not purchase it.

    • Kristin Walker

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    • Maureen

      I look online to see what the going trends are. I also look to see where I might be able to find store coupons and if there are certain days and certain hours that the store might be giving extra percentage off.

    • kellib

      Always shop the clearance racks first…I always go directly to the back of the store where most of the clearance racks are located. It saves me a ton!

    • Holly

      Bag and shoes DON'T have to MATCH- “What Not To Wear” ;)

    • casey hurst

      my savings tip is to shop when there is a sale and to also use the store coupons that they send out in the mail or email.

    • Erin

      I tend to look for items that I can wear for multiple occasions. I also only buy items of clothing that make me feel comfortable.

    • lilibet66

      Having worked in fine women's clothing, I have learned that good clothing is worth the INVESTMENT. FEWER but BETTER pieces are the foundation of a classic wardrobe…develop your own personal STYLE by finding the proper CUT for your body and find a very good seamstress or tailor to FIT your clothes. It will make a world of a difference. Incorporate TRENDS w/ ACCESSORIES. I shop everywhere… I am not a clothes snob, but I do love vintage b/c of the quality!

    • TNgal

      I find clothes on eBay quite often but I love to shop at Marshall's for great bargains on name brand items. Their clearance prices are unbelievable!

    • Susan

      I always shop off-season.

    • amy

      Always, always buy kids clothes a year ahead. I score major deals this way and if it doesn't end up fitting I give it to a friend's kid or donate it. I come out way ahead and my daughter looks great!

    • Lisa

      I shop the clearance racks.

    • Erin

      I highly recommend hitting stores first thing when they open. It is super helpful to quickly browse with the clothes in somewhat of an order… (normally done at closing the night before!)

    • pamelabayles

      I have found a way to put tograther the perfect outfits without robbing a bank. You pick one nice piece, it could be a neckleace, top, shoes or whatever. Pay a little more for this piece (still get it on sell or clearence of course). You can then go cheap, cheap, cheap on the rest or the outfit and still look like a million buck.

    • Megan

      I buy “main” pieces that are not terribly exciting in color and then add great scarves, jackets, etc to make lots of outfits.

    • Brooke

      I typically look at the clearance racks first. If I can't find what I need there, I usually wait for it to go on sale and lots of clothing stores now have coupons and reward programs too.

    • Amy

      I always shop the clearance racks and goodwill. On the clearance racks I will buy size bigger for the next year.

      Also church consignment sales are getting really big with Sat being the half off days. I wait till Sat to buy everything. I got my baby girl all her 9 and 12 month clothes for under 30 and that included a baby bjorn, nursing cover and some toys too.

    • renamac

      I agree . I like to shop ant the end of the season and put it away and wear it the next year. You can always get name brand items so cheap that way.Also I like to clean my closet out a couple of times ayear and take all good unwanted items to a nearby resale shop. Anything that doesn't sell I give to a local freecycler.

    • Kristen

      Don't go shoe shopping at the end of the day (your feet swell as the day goes by).

    • Jenn Philpot

      Shop the clearance racks!

    • I love clearance shopping at department stores and I love when i have coupons! Thats when you really save at the clearance rack!

    • eperk

      Ebay! I buy new boutique designer clothes for my daughters at 75-80% off consistently. Same with shoes for myself.

    • Mim

      Go to the store often but for shorter periods of time. Just go to see if your favorites are on sale or clearance. You will find more things you like if you browse often than when you try to go shopping all day!

    • Erika

      I try to buy my kids' clothes a year in advance. There are great end of year clearance sales. Of course, I love the free hand-me-downs even better. They are a joy to receive and I always love seeing little ones at church wearing one of my kids' old outfits.

    • deltacrzr

      After you find the outfit you like, try to buy the accessories and shoes in the same store so you know they will match.That is one of the great things about Marshall's, they have everything!

    • eperk

      Ebay. I buy designer boutique clothing and shoes for my daughters at consistently 75-80% off. Same for shoes for me.

    • sixsigmamom

      I buy basic pieces that last forever and then add trendy items. I also like to have a swap party with friends!

    • Tiffany S.

      I usually buy classic pieces and make them trendy with fun (inexpensive) accessories. I LOVE shopping with a coupon or savings pass….especially if you can earn “rewards cards” to use later!! My rule: ALWAYS check the clearance rack first!!

      For my kids, I get them inexpensive play clothes ( target, Kohls, etc.) and everything else comes from Gymboree….I will ONLY shop Gymboree during a sale, if I have a coupon, or during Gymbucks redemption!! Also, I try to buy clearance at the end of the season and get the next size up for the following year…..I have saved tons of money that way :)

    • deltacrzr

      After you find the outfit you like, try to buy the accessories and shoes in the same store so you know they will match.That is one of the great things about Marshall's, they have everything!

    • Laura

      Always buy on sale…never pay full price! Shop out of season to get the better deals!

    • One of my favorite clothing saving deals is the Belks Charity Day. I get brand new clothes and items for a deep discount and I get to help a local charity at the same time.

    • Jenn_D

      By clearance priced items at the end of the season and save for the next, especially on kids clothes!!!

    • Amanda

      If you don't love it in the dressing room, you'll never wear it! Buy your favorites and keep your closet clean!

    • Misty

      Don't pass up a Marshall's deal. I've never had buyers regret but often suffered the regret of missing out on a deal!

    • Darla

      I'm willing to bet money that Jenny wins this contest! Goooooo JENNY!!! My savvy tip? Watch Jenny and copy her :)

    • kelleyharold

      I think we all have similar traits! My personal favorite is Kohl's. I hit the clearance racks when I have an additional discount coupon AND they are giving Kohl's Cash to get my biggest bang for the buck.

    • Lacey1

      I like to shop the clearance sections in dept. stores. I almost always find something that I love and I get a great deal!

    • ann

      I love to shop at Marshall's! great lingerie at discount prices,if I don't see clothing I am looking for I just recheck in a few days to see what they have got in recently.Today they have dresses that I seen at Belk's a few days ago at lower price of course!

    • Bowers

      You don't have to buy a whole new outfit to make your clothes fit the latest fashion. Just pick one thing to be the focus of your outfit. . .like a pair of awesome shoes or outstanding, eyecatching necklace.

    • summergrrl

      Buy quality pieces and remember the motto, “Buy once and buy right!” Trends may come and go but quality and classic pieces are invaluable!

    • Melissa Beasley

      I shop at Platos Closet (a teenage resale clothing store) Most teenager won't buy the brands geared towards the older crowd ie. Ann Taylor, Banana Republic etc.

    • Christine Boyd

      I try to find a good deal, but I make sure I love it before I buy it. It's not a good deal if I got it really cheap but don't like it enough to ever wear it.

    • Hannah

      My saavy clothes shopping tip would be to shop at the outlet stores. Also, go directly to clearance racks at stores. Most of the time you can find some great buys!

    • becky

      Quality over quantity(except for a few fun cheap pieces:)

    • Wendy m

      My fashion tip…is to shop at Marshalls. They are a really good price, and I know I can find something good and a good deal without even having to rummage through clearance…a tip I also have is to shop at the beginning and end of each season…to make sure you are seeing what is new and getting the deals that are ending up also!

    • astridholliman11

      Go straight to the sales rack. If you don't look at the full price items, you won't be tempted to buy them.

    • spiveym

      I normally buy what I see (as long as it isn't expensive) and then try it on at home with other pieces and return 50-75% of what I bought.

      My problem is that I don't know if it will work with other pieces that I have. So I just make sure I keep the receipt and tags. :)

    • carol

      with 7 children and 6 grandchildren, i try to keep them in mind when i am shopping the clearance racks, or find other great deals. there are always birthdays to buy for or other special holidays; and to find something that is 'just perfect' and on sale to boot – well, it just makes sense to save money that way.

    • Corrie

      My shopping tip is simply to go to Marshall's – it's by far my favorite store. I love to score Maxx Studio dresses for a fraction of their original price!

    • Janice

      Give yourself time to shop. Shopping in a hurry makes you miss all the great deals because those are the ones you have to spend time digging for!

    • jennkersh

      Having kids that grow out of clothes every season is very expensive!! I try to buy clothes the year before. Last fall I bought my daughter 32 spring/summer dresses/ outfits from The Childrens Place. By waiting and buying clearence items and using coupons I spent less than $50.00 for her whole spring/summer wear for the next year!!! Can't beat that!!

    • Rachel

      I agree with Dana E. I buy quality items on clearance at nice stores. The prices are a little higher than “bottom-of-the-basement” but the clothes LAST much longer. I buy classic pieces that never go out of style. I wear them all the time and they still look and fit great! The clothes that I buy at “cheapie” stores often only last a season or a year before falling apart or losing their shape.

    • I like to look at clearance racks at TJ Maxx or Marshalls because alot of times there will be new items that are discount because of a defect. Alot of times the defect is fixable ( missing button, broken zipper, busted seem etc) and I get the item at even more discount.

    • Jessica Monroe

      For Moms in my area, Upstate SC, there is a Children's consignment sale called Weecycled Wear that happens twice a year. It is HUGE. They only take good, clean clothes and baby items. Great for shopping on a budget. Another Awesome place I shop is Plato's Closet. Gentle Used clothes that are only the latest styles. I bought a cute outfit (shirt and shorts) for myself last week $12 ($6 bucks each) and my husband found a pair of tennis shoes ($18) and cargo shorts ($6). Google them to find one near you.
      Great Idea for a blog Jenny, I Love all the ideas!

    • Jackie

      Stock up on non perishables. Have space, will store

    • ireneY

      Shop off season at higher end stores and put away for the next year. You'll have the thrill of bargain hunting and a bonus when you pull out the new tagged item a few months later!

    • Erica

      I tend to shop a year ahead to get the best deals for me or my kids. For example I can get a pair of shorts at Gymboree later in season for $4 that normally cost between $16-$18 That way I am all set when next summer comes around. If they don't work for some reason I can always sell them to someone and I am never out the money.

    • Valerie

      Marshall's has the best clearance!

    • Kit

      Always hit the clearance racks first, then work your way up.

    • Elise

      Pick up a copy of The Science of Sexy at the library and learn about how every body can look good. It makes my shopping easier/faster/more productive/more fun to know what types of cuts and fabrics will work for me.

    • JessieC

      Shop on clearance, always check the clearance racks!

    • onefrugalgirl

      Take your time when searching the racks at places like Marshalls and TJ Maxx. It might take a little time to find the perfect top, dress or bathing suit, but odds are it's in there somewhere among the racks. So take your time and dig slowly :-)

    • Jenny

      Buy pieces that can be used in multiple outfits. A shirt that only goes with one skirt doesn't cut it with me!

    • courtneydodd

      I love when Gap has their markdowns every tuesday and then sent me coupons in the mail and emails which makes for an even better price for my son's clothes. It looks like I dress him expense, but truthfully it's way less than it looks!

    • michaelene

      I hunt the clearance racks and stock up on great deals even if my boys can't wear them for a couple of years. There's not greater joy than to be clearing out clothing and find brand new “steals” waiting to be worn!

    • Buy clothes that flatter you – that never goes out of style.

    • Callie

      I buy classic pieces that are on sale. I try to not buy items just because they are on sale. I also use store credit cards when possible. I pay them off at the end of the month. I get many good coupons or deals through them.

    • joannahorn

      We just left Marshalls this evening. Got our layaway off. My daughter got a super cute bathing suit, retail 120.00 Marshalls price 20.00! Also got some new beach towels and sunglasses. Bring on Summer! With these prices a vacation is easier to budget!:)

    • Kazzy

      Yard Sales! Stretch solid, classic pieces with trendy accessories on clearance. Stretch even further by maintaining your weight and line drying your clothes. At that rate one outfit could last a lifetime!

    • lynn

      Be content with what you have and when a need arises, trust that it will be on sale!

    • David

      I buy what my wife tells me to.

    • Devin

      For some reason, at my Macy's the price on the tag, or the sale price shown, is never the actual price – it is always lower! So don't be afraid to grab something and head over to the wall price checker to see what it really rings up – you might be surprised! I got a $69 cardigan for just $16 earlier this week. And always check the department store Web site for that week's 10-20% off coupon.

    • Carrie

      Clearance!!!

    • lifewithtlc

      I love the 10 dollars off 10 purchase coupons from stores like JcPenney. I can always score a free shirt with these!

    • stefluvs2sign

      My son's birthday was this past Monday 4/26 he was 13! He had $100 and wanted to go to the mall..I was like NO WAY! So I took him to Marshalls (which he said was a cheap store…WHAT!) He didn't realize they sold name brand items although I shop there quite often (he doesn't realize that is where Santa shops and where his school clothes come from every August). He walked away with 4 Ralph Lauren Polo shirts, 1 Polo jean shorts, 3 pairs of the plaid shorts the kids wear nowadays, 1 pair Rocawear jean shorts, 1 Rocawear shirt, 1 pair Macavelli shorts, 1 Makavelli shirt, 1 pair Timberland jean shorts all for $91! He would have been lucky to get 2 outfits for that at the mall!

    • mglooney

      Remember to check ads for items you have already bought to see if they are on sale, so you can get a price adjustment.

    • hbvega

      I was the Maid of Honor in my bestfriend's wedding. She was having an intimate wedding and told me to just pick out a dress on my own, the style or color didn't matter. I went to store after store until I ended up at Marshall's and found the PERFECT dress. I couldn't wait to get it home and show her, she was so excited about my excellent choice. I paid $60 for the dress and in doing a Google search, I found the same EXACT dress online at Macy's for $180. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.

    • pdelella

      I don't buy anything that I don't love in the store. I find that if I love it in the store i'll wear it once i get it home. If i just like it in the store it tends to end up on the shelf with the tags still on never to be worn. I have found that typically the item always looks its best in the store.

      I also don't shop if im in a hurry, that always leads to spur of the moment decisions, which in my case tend to be wrong ones. If I find something I think I love in the mall I will put it on hold continue shopping and when I'm all done shopping if I still feel the same way about it I know it's for me.

      I don't look at price tags because i don't mind spending a little more on something I really love. With that being said, I won't shop in stores that are to high priced or i'll limit myself to looking at the sales racks. Marshall's and TJ Maxx are my favorite stores they have a wide variety of cloths with every style in mind and i know i'll be getting a great deal. There is nothing better then finding something you love at a great price!! I also save my receipts, at the end of the month if I haven't worn it I return it.

    • Lindsay

      I buy almost all my son's clothes at consignment sales, that is after I get all the hand-me-downs from my sister!

    • I buy mostly online and use coupon codes such as 40% off and also use a rewards site such as ebates!

      radnascar at hotmail dot com

    • nina21007

      I am ALL about shopping off season, but I am a very indecisive shopper when it comes to clothing, so one thing I do is when I'm shopping at Ross, Marshalls, TJ Max, etc. if I see the same shirt or article of clothing at least 3 times and I liked it the first time, I'll try it on. Or if I go back to the same thing 3 times, I'll try it on or buy it.

    • Lianna

      Shop the clearance rack, buy out of season, and check for coupons!

    • Karlie

      I wait for the fun coupons like $10 off of $20 at Kohls, etc.

    • tealew

      I like to buy really trendy shoes. They immediately make an outfit current. I really wear my shoes out, so it's no sacrifice.

    • josephamd

      As a student in a professional setting, it is very important that I always look presentatble. So until i start earning an income, I have to shop for clothes on a budget so I also go to garage sales and goodwill and and TJmax and marshalls[ they always seem to have great clothes for very cheap price]

    • gracejulie

      I shop at thrift stores on a regular basis for my clothes! I'll buy something even if it's out of season, it's usually on sale and I'll have it already in my closet when the right season rolls around!

    • Maloneathens

      My suggest is to check back often. I merchandise in several stores so I am able to “watch” items get marked down and try to nab them at the lowest price before someone else does.

    • CouponNERD

      I shop thrift/consignment stores regularly for wardrobe staples. Then Ross/Rugged Wearhouse/TJMaxx, etc for accessories and more updated items.

    • Allison

      My savvy clothes shopping tip is to shop at places like TJ Maxx, Ross, and Marshalls to get name brands for less! I can't remember the last time I actually shopped in a department store. Also, I try to buy clothes that are more “classic”, so that they don't go out of style as quickly–you get more “bang for your buck” that way.

    • Lynda

      Great job! What a beautiful outfit! I love to shop at Marshalls! :) They have great prices… and great clearance racks! I love to shop the thrift stores/garage sales/consignment sales in our area. Name brands at great savings. But new, on the clearance rack, for almost the same price is pretty good too!

    • blairhm

      My tip is to know what styles, fit, etc that are flattering to your body type, then only purchase clothing that looks great on you- not just trendy items. I used to buy things that were the newest trend & then I would never wear them since I thought I didn't look good. Also I spend more money on my shoes & purses than on my actual clothes. A stylish colorful purse & shoes can make anything look great.

    • goodwill is my favorite store…I don't buy anything at regular price.

    • Emily

      Know when stores do their clearancing. Just ask an employee. I used to work at JC Penney's and made out like a bandit when they would mark things down.

    • Betsy

      I love Marshalls and just last week found Lilly Pulitzer polos and skirts…OMG!!! I find shopping there frequently is helpful to find great deals!

    • Christyandherboys

      Our local thrift store just expanded and sometimes they get very crowded with clothes and they will do a 50% off sale on Saturday! I came home last weekend with 3 bagfulls of clothes……..nice namebrand, Talbots, Polo Ralph Lauren, some still even had the tags on them………for $25.00! It kills me to pay full price for anything anymore!

    • csoaks

      Love the outfit you picked out Jenny! My tip is if you see a stain or button missing on your piece of clothing that you are buying and you know it would be an easy fix, ask the manager for a percentage off. They will usually say 10-20%. The only thing I find is that the sale is usually final, no returns.

    • grisy

      I realize that clearance was the way that work for me if I didn't wanted to spend much, because when I was pregnant I look at consignment stores for maternity clothes and the prices were way too close (or similar) to a really good new garment in clearance. And unless is exceptionally great and prefect for me I pay full price (besides my husband cheering me up for getting it, yes he practically has to convince me)

    • I buy the next size up for my kids when it's on clearance. But you have to be careful about the quality and store. I would rather pay $10 for Gymboree pants which I know won't shrink when I wash them than pay $5 somewhere else and my kids can only wear them once. I also shop the same way for baby showers. I'll buy sleepeers, socks, hats, diapers, whatever on clearance and save it for my next baby shower! I've already been to 3 this year.

    • Abqaiq_Sara

      Oooo, Marshalls is my favorite!!! Stop by the store often as they add new things regularly. I suggest carrying cash so you know what you can spend and don't go over budget. Of course, at Marshalls, your cash goes much further :)

    • Meg

      Garage sales and clearance and I will consider anything $5 and under at any store!

    • Abqaiq_Sara

      Not sure if my last comment posted. Can't find it. Anyway….

      I would suggest carrying cash only with you on your shopping trip. That way you know what you have to spend and won't go over budget on a whim.

      I do loooooove Marshalls. Typically the first place I go to look for new clothes, shoes, homegoods, etc. :)

    • Willias12

      I am a HUGE Marshalls & TJ Maxx fan. I live in both stores. My shopping tip, is to shop on days when they receive “fresh” deliveries of new merchandise. Typically that is Tuesdays and Thursdays here in Orlando. This helps get a jump on buying the good stuff first. I'll see you later Marshalls….

    • Kim

      Hit up the thrift stores next to the 'ritzy' neighborhoods and there is always sure to be good a good find. …if only CVS sold clothes….

    • PM

      Havent been to Marshall's in years. Need to visit again soon and check them out. Last I remember if you found something you liked you may not get it in your size. Could use some housewares items at this point.

    • adnicul

      Love the outfit! Great price too.

    • StaceyE

      Marshalls is one of my VERY favorite stores. They have EVERYTHING you could want or need for your whole family. I bought some fabulous spring dresses there at true bargain prices. It's also my go-to place for kids toys and birthday party presents.

    • mermac3

      I usually stop by the Goodwill first. I've been able to find clothes for my children with the tags still on there! Then I usually hit the clearance rack at other stores.

    • Delores

      Well, I am not sure about a savvy tip. I am just pathetic when it comes to clothes shopping. I could seriously use help. Anyway, I always look at the clearance stuff from Lands End and LL Bean to see if they have anything and I try to buy off season. While I would like to lose weight realistically it isn't going to happen so I am always pretty sure of the size.

    • Lori

      Shop Off Season and with coupons…Try to find basic pieces that can be switched around to create multipe outfits instead of items that can only be worn with one thing and nothing else.

    • loridavidson

      Nearly all of my clothes and my infants clothes came from freecycle, Goodwill, and yard sales!

    • Mel

      I go to shopbop.com and print out looks I like. I take that look and head to the discount stores to make the outfit for much less.

    • BethBeth

      If you have children, or are prone to spilling, buy a bar of Fels Naptha. (I can usually find it at Publix.) It only costs a dollar, but it's the best thing I've found for taking out any kind of stain on clothing. I guess this isn't a shopping tip, but more of a hint for getting better use out of your clothes so you can wear them longer.

    • Tambry G

      I shop frequently at America's Thrift Store. I am able to buy Banana Republic, Ann Taylor, Liz Claiborne, Ralph Lauren, etc. for normally under $3 an item! It is nice to know if pesky stains or stray bleach end up on my clothes, I'm not out over $75 +!

    • Halle

      Plan ahead – shop clearance racks at the end of the season (not to mention all the time) and choose classic pieces that will survive more years than the latest trends.

    • Look everywhere. I've found many a deal in the wrong section!

    • Hallie

      I love the Just between Friends consignment sale for my son! Also love Marshalls for me..

    • I try to shop off season, when things are marked 75-90 percent off. I also shop at thrift stores.

    • Sara

      I love Marshalls!! What I love even more is the BCBG dress I got at Marshalls for $30!

    • Susan Laura

      Shop off season, only buy clothes that truly fit and flatter you, and don't waste your money on cheap, poorly made stuff.

    • Tammy

      I like to hit Kohl's clearance racks when there is a % off and the Kohl's cash and I generally buy at the end or near end of the season. Then I will hit Marshall's and Ross since they are in the same strip mall for more really good deals.

    • snike

      I love stores like gap and steinmart that let you stack coupons. I recently got $125 dollars worth of clothes at the gap for $35 and and $250 at steimart for about $75.

    • Callie

      I love the tips everyone has been leaving!! I refuse to pay full price for anything. If I see something I like, I watch the sales until it hits my bottom line price. If I miss it, then I didn't need it!!

    • Ashleigh

      I have started shopping at Goodwill on the “nice” side of town. I have found really nice name brands as well as boutique items. My husband and I went last Saturday and were surprised to find it was 50% off the whole store! We bought $85 worth of name brand clothing (some with tags still on!) and paid only $42.50! I was shocked! I've worn some of the clothes this week and have gotten compliments on everything :)

    • Sonya

      E-bay, yard sales, thrift stores, discount stores, I use them all. There are so many great ways to save money on clothes I end up having way too much stuff :). I also love Lands End clearance and “On the Counter” sections. Especially with their guarantee (if you're ever dissatisfied, return it for a refund), I feel completely safe buying from them. Also if I buy a purse or bag from them and later it wears out, I can return it and get a free replacement!

    • lainibug

      I'm hard to fit because I've very petite. Often if I try to make cheap clothes fit I just don't wear them. However, I know what stores have clothes that fit and I go in often. If they have something I'll wear at a great price, I buy it. If they don't, I don't buy anything. Then I usually have what I need when I need it and haven't paid full price.

    • Dana

      My tip is to always head to the back of the store. I never buy anything that is not on a clearance rack. I walk right past every new item and go for the clearance. Marshalls has great clearance. I always find underwear, hats and clothes for my boys there really cheap.

    • lkeim24

      If you go to the dress stores (Macy's, etc) right before the big dance the dresses are usually on sale. We got my daughter's Homecoming dress for $20 2 days before the dance! It's risky but fun!

    • Jenny(also)

      Everyone is putting up all that I already do! I LOVE consignment sales, and of course I shop off-season. I also save up MyPoints to trade in for giftcards to go shopping!

    • BostonMama

      I love going to Goodwill and thift stores, but also think you should invest in key pieces…black pants, nice shoes, etc.

    • beth

      When you are at TJ Maxx and Marshalls it is best to go to the clearance aisle and look at the tags that are stacked with stickers – that is usually when you can get the best discount. I actually read this in a magazine article recently but I know it is true.

    • Lana

      Never buy something thsat is too small thinking you will lose weight. Also buy good quality shoes they last and are more comfortable.

    • Dawn B

      I've become an online shopper for my kids clothes. I've found that I can get really good deals at gymboree and gap on clearance using coupon codes.

    • Natalie559

      Only buy items you love and check for store coupons before heading out.

    • LilNavyWife

      Thrift stores and clearance racks are the best way to get great clothes at super-low prices! I have tons of name brand items in my closet – yet I rarely pay more than $3 for a shirt or $5 for pants!

      • janet5631

        guilty! I hit clearnace racks first :)

    • annamariec76

      I have a hard time buying at the end of season for myself because by the time that comes I can't wear it and dont want to look at it for 6 months before I can wear it so I wait until the clothes are out for a little while before I head out and I usally find some nice discounts then.

    • dentons4

      I love Marshalls! I feel like it is the way shopping should be! Great items at a reasonable price! I have 3 boys and I love to dress them trendy! Honestly, I am frugal, and I feel like God has blessed me and I need to be a good steward of what He gives me!!

    • LayInTheShade

      I've found that most stores will discount “damaged” clothes significantlly! However, these clothes are not always beyond repair! For example, one dress had a belt which came with it, and one of the loops was pulled off on one end. This would take me five minutes to repair, and I just got a awesome dress for 70% off! So, repair new clothes for cheaper prices and repair clothes you already have!

      I shop yard sale quite frequently. However, I tend to be picky about which clothes I get no matter where I shop. Although I got that top at a yard sale for $1.00, if I won't wear it, that's $1.00 wasted! So, don't buy ANYTHING if you have ANY doubt you might not wear it!

      Another tip: If I have damaged clothes or find clothes some where that has maybe a small hole etc., then I use the fabric. It's easy to transform a t-shirt that's four sizes too big into a simple skirt or reusable shopping bag! So, RECYCLE!

      Also, some may not be willing to do this BUT! I went overseas last year and had to hand wash all my clothes. This labor intensive duty lead be to be more picky about if something was truly dirty or not. If it doesn't smell, hasn't “lost its shape,” or doesn't have stains.. it gets put back in tne closet. The more your wash your clothes, the faster they'll wear down and the sooner you can't wear them anymore! So, don't wear your clothes out!

      • janet5631

        Recycle!!! I use a sight called Freecycle (search for it in yahoo!) I love it… i pass along lots of stuff my kids outgrow and things that just lay around the house taking up space. I love it! I totally agree to freecycle :)

    • Mamaberry

      The Children's Place lets you stack coupons and you can use them on the clearance. The best is when the clearance is 50% off, I have a 15% off coupon and then get another 10% off for using my Place card!! Marshall's is GREAT for when you are needing classy name brand for a special event and don't have name brand $$!!

    • Shelly

      I have a couple tips! First, don't worry about what size you're buying – buy what fits. Sometimes we get a number in our head about what size we 'should' wear, or have always worn and we buy clothes that don't fit. Second, don't limit yourself on where you shop. There are great deals online, at thrift stores, and even at expensive stores that you think you can't afford. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!

    • Amanda

      I buy a staple item such as a black skirt, a black or white undershirt and a black or white top. Then I can buy all sorts of colorful tops and bottoms that may be on clearance and I will know that I have something to wear with it already!

    • Laure

      Need a wrap? Look in the *scarf* section – much cheaper for the same thing! Also, wraps are way more versatile – can go from day to night, one size fits all, can double as a scarf, takes no space traveling…so you can save even more $ by buying a wrap (remember: in the “scarf” section!) instead of a sweater.

    • Ellen

      Besides buying out of season, I like to buy more clothing that won't be 'out of style' the following year. Learning to mix & match is a great plus and buying some key accessories to dress up or dress down your 'traditional' outfit is key. A great piece of jewelry or scarf can really make an outfit come alive. I also like funky socks!

    • Mel

      Before you go shopping anywhere, google coupons for that store. You can always find some sort of discount!

    • renep22

      I know all the clearance sections of TJMaxx and Marshalls in my area. On my lunch break I peruse the clearances quickly. My favorite finds so far are $100 All Clad baking sheets for $25 and and $150 All clad fondue set for $69. Love them. YOu can also find Ralph Lauren bedding at super low prices on clearance. I have gotten shams and sheets for $5. The key is to check the clearance frequently.

    • SSheila

      If you find something that you really love, get it… but don't get it in every color available! When you get sick of it, you are not just sick of 1 item, you're sick of all of the others you bought just like it :)

    • Cindy Bogstad

      I love to shop Thrift stores and consignment shops. I get great deals on things that are hardly used….

    • Kerry

      I sign up for my favorite store's newsletters (if they have one). Most times with the email they send coupons. Coupons plus clearance and I can't go wrong.

    • Janelle

      Black is always classic and very slimming.

    • julven3

      They usually have discounts of 50 or more, but if you keep an eye out, I also regularly find their prices at 75% off! Keep checking their tags against retail!!

    • barbara

      I sign up for all of my favorite store email lists to get notified of special sales. I love to ship at the end of the season at nice dept stores to score better quality classic clothes at low end prices that last for years to come.

    • Marlene R

      Accessories, accessories, accessories. My motto is good quality pieces as your basics. Trousers, jackets etc. But mix it up with inexpensive T-shirts, a cute belt, a trendy purse, jewelry etc – and places like Marshalls are great for these items. That way you look put together and the classic pieces will last you for years. My other tip is using care when washing your clothes will help your dollars stretch -your clothes will last longer.

    • Michelle Z

      Don't buy it if you don't love it. Too many times i have bought something that i wasn't 100% that i loved – inevitably it is either gathering dust or it was returned (often by my sweet husband). Thanks Jenny.

    • KLT

      Marshall's has great home accessories too! Cute outfit!!!

    • Chris

      I myself am not a great shopper. Don't have much time to bargain hunt so I am loving all the tips. Thanks!

    • Beth

      If you find something you love at a big department store (ie, Macy's) ask when the are going to have their next sale. Things typically go on sale once a week…

    • Sarah C

      NEVER buy “goal” clothes, clothes you hope to someday fit in. I have purchased clothes that are maybe a size or two too small bc it was an amazing deal. Not such a good deal when they never end up fitting. Sad.

    • Christina

      I like to buy classic clothing…that way you can wear it longer than something trendy.

    • robinmoss

      Often when I need an item from a store that does not discount, I wait until they have a special (like Lane Bryant just had for $20 off $40 or more) and then rather than pay shipping to home, I either find a free shipping code, or get it shipped to store, for free shipping. Often the deals on line are better than in store.

      I find a lot of the kids clothing on ebay, where I can bid on several items at once. One time I got my daughters winter coat that lasted for 2 seasons (it was a little big the first season) for $2.99 with shipping!! It was almost unworn anf was cozy and warm for her!

    • Cathy

      I shop at Kohl's, J.C. Penney, TJ Maxx, & Marshalls when everything is on clearance… Buy in the off season for the following year

    • Shop on a weekday! Weekends are crowded and inventory gets depleted quickly. However, many stores get new items in on weekdays, and you'll never have to deal with crowded dressing rooms on, say, a Tuesday afternoon (as opposed to a Saturday).

    • shelleybean3333

      Shop around and be flexible.

    • mel

      Always use a coupon or look for great clearance finds! And accessories can really make any outfit!

    • Kim Gray

      I love MARSHALLS!!! They have the best designer shoes… Coach, Lily Pulitzer, I would never pay full retail price for them. I hit the clearance rack too!! I love the childrens section, I always find great prices on childrens Ralph Lauren and their housewares section is awesome!! I would LOVE this gift card!!!

    • laura

      I add embellishments to plain clothes to bring them up to trends, such as an iron on or applique (sp?). saves money and makes it your own style

    • Tracey

      Getting on mailing lists is a good way to get coupons and notice of great sales.

    • triadsupersaver

      I always head the clearance rack first. It's also good to scan end caps of aisles because they like to stick clearance items there to. I shop at budget friendly stores too, which helps!

    • Lori

      Soooo cute! Great finds!

    • janet5631

      My mother-in-law used to work at Marshalls in Cape Cod and I LOVED shopping there :) Now, she has moved to FL and retired and I still shop at Marshalls!!! Habit, I guess :)
      Anyways, Jenny… U have got my vote! Lemme know when and where tog o to vote :)

    • Jennifer

      I always go straight tot he sale and clearence racks in stores before I to the regular priced stuff. I usually buy things when they go out od season for the next year.

    • rebeccama

      It is my favorite place to shop!

    • janet5631

      As far as a tip: I say go WITHOUT kids(infants are ok!) and ur husband, ladies!!! There's nothing I hate more than the kids running around or screaming for no reason and u can't enjoy looking at the racks. And then again, there's that pesky husband who is usually wanting to get in and out in 10 min or less. So, my advice is Shop ALONE or with a girlfriend!!! shop with someone as enthusiastic as u about about getting something new :)
      ENJOY finding something new for u, for once! dont think about the kids or the hubby/significant other… DO SOMETHING FOR U :)

    • Laura

      Aside from shopping clearance and off-season, another thing I try to keep in mind is the color of the item. When I find something I like I think of other items I already have that are the same or similar color. If I already have a long sleeve red knit top, I probably don't need another one. But I might get a short sleeve instead, or one made of a different material.

    • If you find something “to die for” at a great price, buy a few in different colors! I have never regretted this, especially once when one of the shirts ripped badly (my fault), I was so grateful to have two backups in a shirt that looked great on me and fit comfortably.

    • savviestsaver

      Wanna keep up with the latest trends without investing in a closet full of things you might not wear in a year? Try accessories! Head over to Marshall's and find a brightly colored purse for the summer, then pair it with your favorite jeans and a simple white shirt. To complete the look, find coordinating sandals, earrings, and a funky bracelet or a belt. Breathe new life into your fashion for the season without having to invest in a brand new wardrobe… my favorite trick by far!!!

    • AliCaprio

      Shop off season! Shop for Summer clothes in August, Fall clothes in November, etc. Good deals!

    • Sharon Weske

      Shop off-season for the best prices & stock up for next year

    • angelaslate

      I love end of the season clearance racks, especially the Spring and Summer ones since we wear short sleeves about 9-10 months of the year. I have found that I can do just as well (sometimes better) shopping for my 5 children on the clearance racks as I can buying used stuff at consignment/thrift stores.

    • Robyn

      Classic pieces that can be worn throughout the seasons are ALWAYS the way to go!

    • sandylb

      I like to get gift cards for my bday/christmas and then wait for a coupon from the store and shop off the clearance rack.

    • lisasouthernsaver

      Buying great quality children's clothing at Marshall's will stand the test of time and be able to be passed on or recycled to siblings/friends. Love it!

    • kimnalexander

      I love free shipping!

    • CeMcCall

      Spend money on a great pair of dark wash jeans. Pay more for a good fit, length, style, and you will see the return. A good dark wash pair of jeans can go with anything and lasts for years!

    • Allison

      I buy a season ahead when it goes on clearance.

    • juliedonohue

      Shopping at discount stores, like Marshall's, will usually provide the best value for your dollar since you're able to obtain designer clothes at yard sale prices! Stick to your size and color favorites. Buying post-season if often the best value.

    • Angela

      With the $8.03 you had left over, you could have bought some great dangly earrings! Cute outfit, though, even without jewelry!

    • dwf4868

      A great shopping tip is to buy a pair of off season black slacks and they are great all year round…dress up or dress down…Saving money and shopping is a great combination…

    • Lyndsay_C

      I am always looking for great finds, pairing coupons with sales! I also always go for the classic look, and stock up on solid color items that will last through many seasons. I have clothes from high school ( I am 23 now) and people often ask if where I got it, having no idea that I bought it 6-8 years ago!

    • Lyndsay_C

      I always try to pair coupons with sales that are going on. I also buy clothes that are classic, and stock up on solid color items. I have clothes from high school ( I am 23 now) and people ask me where I got them, thinking that they are new when they are 6-8 years old!

    • lkannon

      yard sales offer great finds!

    • lbkerns

      Go shopping for FREE! Have a swap meet/ Girls night with your friends. Everyone brings items they don't wear anymore and swap. It worked for me, I got a new Coach scarf, and a really nice handbag!

      • Anonymous

        Shop w/ a friend that is “honest” & willing 2 tell u the truth if it doesnt look right on u is always a good option! I always bring my young daughters w/me & i send them on their way throughout the store w/directions. One is 2 help find me a shirt, then pants, and so on…my girlz are a tremendous help!! btw..we get their easter dresses @ Marshalls every year in Cape Coral, Fl. GREAT SELECTION!!! ty..(mrscheapstuff@yahoo.com)

    • broogill

      Marshall's and Steinmart have great men's and women's clothes for great prices.

    • skgaff

      Learn the clearance cycles at your favorite stores. Like Kohls always clearances clothes at the first of the year and they have progressive steps in the clearance amount from 40% all the way up to 80%+ so try to wait till at least the 70% before shopping the racks.
      Also, try freecycle for kids clothes…it's a great way to score some great lightly used clothing for free!

    • Heather

      Always check clearance racks. If you really like something, try it on even if it's not your size… lots of times it's on the clearance rack because the sizes aren't accurate.

    • leslie7635

      I go to consigment shops. The clothes are like brand new to me

    • edhenderson

      Take a friend who has a similar style to you when shopping. While you have the same style you both may see different ways to put together outfits!

    • Elizabeth

      Shopping after season is the best way to find a bargain. Who wants a coat in the summer but hey if it beats paying reatil I am all for it! It is fun to shop the clearance racks after season and you can create so many outfits with a huge savings!

    • sus6

      Marshall's is the best place to buy bras ;)

    • valerie

      Leave the baby at home, but take the stroller to carry around your packages especially at the mall :)

    • boswell0617

      I find some the best denim at the goodwill store, tops and dresses at discount stores, and buy great accessories to jazz up basic outfits. ( You can find great accessories at a great deal at the teen stores like forever 21.)

    • Jen

      don't be afraid to spend a little more on a basic well-made piece (ex- classic black trousers) that will go with everything and you can wear all year long! it's better than buying 10 trendy items that you will not wear after the current season!!

    • Tracy

      I shop for off season clothes. Like in the fall ,buy the clearance for summer next year for the kids. They have new clothes for over half the price!!

    • Jamie Ramsey

      They have fantastic shoes and kid's clothes!

    • J'Laine

      For kids' clothing, shoes, coats, etc: buy ahead – get the next couple of sizes from the clearance racks – Target, Kohls, etc.

    • lori

      i treasure those amount off off certain amount coupons, preferrably those that are 10 off of 10, 20 off of 20 etc and then comb the clearance racks until i find something (anything) that maximizes the use of my coupon!

    • shawnalei

      Mine is don't get caught up in “trends” for your wardrobe! You can easily pick accessories (cheap if you hit the discount stores!) and add something to the more “classic” pieces you all ready own! Have fun with it and use your imagination and you can update almost any outfit for just a few dollars!

    • Buying classic clothing is a must and saves on money! I get compliments on things I've had for years :)

    • Erica

      Only buy what you LOVE….walk around with it for a few minutes. Look at it again, and if you are still convinced, buy it! More often than not, I talk myself out of big purchases! :)

    • rslindner

      I try to buy classic pieces and I also like to shop clearance racks.

    • Amanda Hindsman

      I try and always buy out of season for both me and my kids to save lots of cash!

    • Katie

      Don't be afraid to buy multiples!

    • Shop at places like TJ Maxx. Marshalls, Thrift stores…not only do you get great deals, but you are less likely to show up somewhere wearing the same out fit as someone else!

    • Whmartin

      Sell your items at consignment sales and use the money you make to buy items you need at the same consignment sale on the half off day.

    • DarcyO

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    • lizclene

      Try to find nice shoes and other accessories to make your outfit look totally different. Also, there is nothing like a great dress and the sales/clearance rack is your friend.

    • GG

      Buy out of season! and also swap clothes with your friends :)

    • luannsmith

      When you find something you love while shopping and can't afford it, remember the brand and size and search on e-bay for it. You'll be surprised what you find.

    • Jana Henderson

      I always combine store sales with store coupons for great savings.

    • Vickie

      Good Luck…love the outfit you put together…I'm a fan of your blog and Chinese Laundry shoes too!!!! There are so many comments here so this might have been said…Consignments shops are great and of course shops like Marshall, TJ Maxx, and the likes…IMO, everyone should try to have one really great handbag and shoes…the best quality you can purchase…in black or basic…and, a basic wardrobe of the very best classic pierce you can afford…even if you only purchase one a year…they will never go out of style…and, personally, I have a great skirt, trousers, and jacket…couple pair of jeans…then, I buy lots of tops and accessorize with jewelry and shoes. :) Thanks Vickie, not sure if my email is here or not so here it is
      floridagld at yahoo dot com

    • pjbc

      Your outfit is great and a great bargain too. I really like that all your pieces are so versatile. My shopping tip is that if you have a piece such as your classic dress that you really love try to find something the following season that really changes the look. You could add jewelry or maybe a cute cardigan in your favorite color

    • Barbara

      Love the outfit and LOVE Marshall's they have the best stuff at awesome prices!

    • amanda

      my best shopping tip is to buy versatile items so that many outfits can be created from the same pieces.
      oheeyore at hotmail dot com

    • Shop the clearance rack at Marshall's for more savings. And don't limit yourself to your size – look up and down a little on the racks. Sometimes an item is irregular because the actual size does not match the label. Try it on if it looks right!

    • abcdsclark

      I love Kohls for their clearance and kohls cash and extra discount cards in the mail. I go in there and get clothes for my kids and baby shower gifts on the cheap and they dont know i got them on clearance. I also got some updates to my wardrobe for 80 percent off and my mothers mothers day gift for the same. I have hit many other retail stores but so far kohls is my favorite for the markdowns.

    • khcooke

      This might sound crazy, but I think taking my kids shopping with me is actually HELPFUL to me and my budget! With them tagging along, I only look for the item/s I need, I don't spend too much time in the store browsing in other sections, and I won't walk into the dressing room loaded down with 17 items to try on (not only b/c my kids will be in there with me, but also b/c I don't wanna exhaust their patience or mine.)
      So, I guess the little shorties come in handy sometimes! :o)

    • Guest

      This might sound crazy, but I think taking my kids shopping with me is actually HELPFUL to me and my budget! With them tagging along, I only look for the item/s I need, I don't spend too much time in the store browsing in other sections, and I won't walk into the dressing room loaded down with 17 items to try on (not only b/c my kids will be in there with me, but also b/c I don't wanna exhaust their patience or mine.)
      So, I guess the little shorties come in handy sometimes! :o)

    • Laura

      My tip would be to buy a few nice tops in colors that work well with others (such as black!) and then accessorize with jewelry/ scarves. It is cheaper than needing to keep buying a different outfit for every occasion.

    • Laura

      My tip would be to buy a few nice tops in colors that work well with others (such as black!) and then accessorize with jewelry/ scarves. It is cheaper than needing to keep buying a different outfit for every occasion.