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11 Foolproof Ways to Spend Less, Look Better

Tame the overspending habit and make smarter purchases

A woman shopping in a clothing store standing by a rack of dresses on hangers looking at a price tag while carrying a shopping bag

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Sales are irresistible. So is shopping without sales. The words "MAJOR markdowns,” “SAVINGS up to 80 percent” or (worst of all) “NEW arrivals!” are a signal to stop and shop. Unfortunately, we end up buying items we don’t need and styles we’d never wear, and regretting the “final sale, no returns” tag. Whether you’re an online shopper, a store devotee or an outlet mall fan, here’s how to curb your enthusiasm, modify your spending and look more spectacular than ever.

Lois Joy Johnson is a beauty and style editor who focuses on women 50 and older. She was the beauty and style editor at Ladies’ Home Journal and a founding editor of More magazine. She has written three books: The Makeup Wakeup, The Wardrobe Wakeup and The Woman's Wakeup.