It’s probably no secret that I love to shop for clothes, shoes, bags, etc. I like to look nice, and I’m often drawn to some of the more expensive brands for good quality and fit. Luckily, I can still do this on a budget. You just have to learn how to shop smart. I love stores like TJ Maxx and Ross – most towns have something similar. These stores are just a collection of countless different name brands, but the prices are significantly less than the original full retail price. Often they’re just selling overflow from stores around the nation. This can be a great place to get quality items at great prices. You can also pick up unexpected items like formal dresses and great suits for work. Also, be patient – shop often but rarely buy. This way you’ll learn what is actually a good deal and what’s not. It will also allow you to keep an eye on a favorite item – you can buy it when the price hits rock bottom. Also, think about the time of year. I suggest doing the bulk of your shopping in September and January. At the end of September, a season is ended and back to school shopping has just wrapped up. Similarly in January, winter clothes are on sale to make room for spring lines, and stores have had lots of returns after the holidays. You’ll find great deals this time of year. Hopefully you’re learning that living on a budget doesn’t have to mean sacrificing style. Just become a smarter shopper, and you’ll look great!