Tell Us: What's Your Secret for Finding Good Bargains?

12/06/2007 at 05:00 PM ET

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We all love to save a few bucks, especially around the holidays. With so many affordable, yet trendy options out there, even stars like Reese Witherspoon (in Simply Vera Vera Wang for Kohl’s), Jessica Biel and Kate Bosworth are getting in on the deals. But shopping for bargains in stores during this season can be a huge pain — between fighting for rack space and standing in line for dressing rooms, we start to wonder if it’s worth it. Want to know our secret? Instead of trolling our fave websites every day to see what’s discounted, we’ve signed up for their email alerts and newsletters to keep tabs on upcoming sales. Just remember to create a special email account so you don’t clog up your personal or work inbox. We did and it’s a lifesaver. Now we want to know what you do! Tell us: What’s your secret for finding good bargains?

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Kari H. on

Sometimes you have to be willing to get up early or stay up late for “morning” and “midnight” specials inside stores. Stores usually have deeper discounts during these times.

Whitney F., 21 on

Hit the sale racks toward the end of each season! Brands will mark down their clothing to affordable and incredibly discount prices to make room for new seasonal items. Stick to purchasing basics or items that can be worn even if “out of season” since trends come and go.

erica on

erica matos
west babylon, ny

Two ways to find great bargains:
1. Shop off season for basics, for example buy tank tops in winter. You’ll be ready when summer rolls around agin.

2. Shop discount meccas like Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, Century 21 or Filene’s. The markdowns are always good. For example I found a Cole Hann leather boot for $150
that originally go for 300+!!

Anne on

I have a separate email address for mailing lists. I receive a lot of sales and discount offers almost everyday but during this season, I get a lot more that usul such as freebie coupons, great discounts…I use them for my Christmas shopping!

v on

i go to stores and check out the sales rack.
i go online and see the sales.
and i deffinetely go to outlets.
that way i always find cheap and cute stuff.

stephanie Y on

I always bargain shop. My tips are to realize that having on designer head-to-toe does not make you fashionable, it makes you look silly. Instead, you should have one (two at the most) investment piece on (i.e. designer denim, designer shoes, designer handbag, etc.) and then the rest of the outfit should be made up of pieces from Old Navy, Target or Gap. No need to spend your paycheck on a basic sweater or tee. With this in mind, whenever you find yourself wanting a new shirt – instead of going to the department stores like Saks, head on over to your Forever 21, Old Navy or Target. Believe me, you’ll save a fortune.

Stephanie Y.
New Orleans, LA
Age 24

AM on

stephanie Y couldn’t have said it better… great advice!

Sonia S, 20 on

Save your money and go shopping after Christmas!

Amy on

New York’s designer sample sales are a great way to find new bargains, but it’s limited to location.

PEOPLE.COM is my secret to finding BARGAINS!!! Thanks PEOPLE!

Mary on

I shop quite a bit online, so I try to subscribe to as many of my favorite stores/brands as I possibly can, which really helps me learn where all the sales/clearances are at. Plus, the online stores usually send out discount coupons, for both online and instore.

There’s also a really great website called, where you can enter in your clothing size/brand preferences, and twice a week, they will send you an email listing all the specific items (from many different websites) that you might like that are on sale.

And of course, there’s also eBay, which is where I get a lot of my designer dresses and shoes at really good prices.

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