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When I dream about the woman I’d love to be someday, I see her in high fashion. Covered in Dolce & Gabbana, strutting in Manolo’s & Jimmy Choo’s and blinging it out in some Cartier. Then I look in the mirror, or better yet glance at my bank account, and remember that my budget requires a much more frugal reality. Most women suffer from the power struggle of “want” vs. “can afford”, but fortunately with these tips, you may be able to find some middle ground.

Pick your stores wisely: Just because departments stores like Neiman Marcus and Macy’s are stocked with your favorite designers does not mean you have to make them your go-to every time. Many budget friendly shops carry designer names but because they are collaborations or lines not meant for the runway, the prices are far more affordable. H&M is a perfect example. Top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Versace and Jimmy Choo have all designed collections for H&M. Target is another gold mine for a fashion lover. Their racks are stocked with pieces from designers like Zac Posen and Missoni. With fashion this affordable and this easy to find, all you have to do is grab a cart and go.

Hit the Racks: Stores like T.J. Maxx and Burlington Coat Factory have been saving fashion divas money for years offering hot off the runway looks at seriously low prices. They carry everything from clothing to shoes to handbags and even art and knickknacks for the home. Keep in mind that with these types of discount stores you will have to do some major rack searching to locate the perfect find, but with items sent straight from top designers at savings of up to 60% off, it’s well worth the effort.

Use your social networks: While you may think Twitter and Facebook are only useful for checking your best friend’s status and making sure your parents get all of your children’s new pictures, they can also be an amazing resource for designer sales. Following your favorite shops and designers on these sites ensure that every time there is a sample sale, a 48 hour sale or even a VIP sale, you’ll be invited and among the first in line for the savings.

When in doubt, eBay: eBay is still one of the best places to find amazing designer items at discounted prices. While there is always the pesky task of bidding wars to deal with, many buyers find themselves striking a great deal and paying far less then they ever intended to. Some sellers even offer the item on a bid or buy option meaning you can continue to bid or purchase for the suggested price. One word to the wise however, keep track of the seller’s information as there is always the chance of a scam when purchasing from eBay. Now that you’ve armed yourself with some savings knowledge, go get your shop on and unleash your inner fashionista!