"I have bought items that I eventually have donated to charity, with the tags still on. Most of the time it was the perceived value of the buy that motivated me to make the purchase. There was the store that was going out of business and the suit I got for 90 percent off the retail price. Too bad it was three sizes too big. But I just knew I'd get it altered. Five years later, it's still in my closet, unaltered. Then there was the great suit that I didn't love when I bought it. I was more in love with the price. Years later, someone shopping at Goodwill got a great suit -- or maybe another good deal to linger in her closet."
—Nadine Owens Burton, Middletown, DE
Shopping Words of Wisdom Ask yourself one question before you buy anything: "Do I really love it?" If the answer is "no" it's not a bargain, says Denise Rehner, a certified image consultant and professional speaker based in Denver, CO. "I like a deal just as much as the next gal, but I have to draw the line on discounting my self worth. I've learned that I'm worth paying full price for things I love."
Another tip: Consider the cost per wear. If you love a top that costs $200 and wear it 100 times, that's $2 per wear. If you buy a top for $20 and it's still hanging with the tags on, which is the better deal?