Magazine article Working Mother

When to Buy

Magazine article Working Mother

When to Buy

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Maybe you don't consider yourself a shopaholic, but oooh, it's hard to resist the latest styles. if you need to curb your retail habit, follow these tips for bargain buying after the holidays.

Patience pays off

You'll find the best clothing deals if you shop off-season, says kathryn Finney, author of How to Be a Budget Fashionista. after an item lingers in stores a month or more, retailers start dropping its price to get it out the door, she explains. end-of-season clearances tend to be in February and September, the same months that designers host fashion weeks to preview their spring or fall collections. So smart buyers can check the catwalk to see if any of this season's trends-say, leggings or military-style jackets-will still be hot next year, and then scoop them up on clearance.

Time of day matters

Shop thursday evenings, six to eight weeks after an item arrives in stores.

Don't wait for the weekend

If you can't show up thursday nights, try hitting the mall during your lunch hour to get the best selection-and a lunchtime lift. …

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