Before running to the mall, real or virtual, create a realistic budget for the month. How much do you want to spend on clothes for work, after-work, and upcoming formal events? How much on shoes? Do you even need new shoes this month? Decide how much you can afford (factoring in the rest of your monthly bills) before heading to the checkout counter, and you'll be one savvy shopper sans buyer's remorse.
For those of us who said goodbye to print news long ago — and with it the Sunday coupon section — big breaks can still be had online. According to comScore, an Internet research firm, websites plying e-coupons and discount codes have seen a 38% uptick in traffic in the last year. Coolsavings.com offers coupons on everything from clothes to groceries. Simply print out the coupons you want and use them as you would the old-fashioned kind. webphotographeer