Here are some rules to help you get started.
First rule is to go directly to the back of store and look at the clearance section. You will be surprised how often stores do mark downs to clear the stock to make room for new stock. Second rule you should sign up for all your favorite stores and designers mailing list. Many retailers have mailing and email list that will alert you to sales, as well as send you coupons. Third rule is to go to discount retailers like TJ Maxx, Marshall's, Ross, Loehmann's Sak's 5th Off, Nordstroms Rack and Neiman Marcus Last Call. I know you probably saying you hate those stores because you gotta go through racks and racks of things to find that one great deal. Yup that is where your patience comes in, if you have the money and don't have the time, then go to your favorite department store or website and order your must have item at full price. Me, I don't have that money so I take the time to hunt for those great deals. Fourth rule is look often, go to stores as often as you can, everything eventually gets marked down and put on the clearance rack. Same with websites, sometimes you will find deals online that they might not have at the stores. Fifth rule is buy what you love and don't just purchase things because they are cheap. As tempting as it is to buy everything you see because its only $5, you will have buyers remorse when you get home. Bargain shopping to me is not just buying things cheaply, its buying good quality fashion that I love at the low prices I can afford. So go out and conquer, get those mega bargain deals and make me proud. If you find a great deal and want to share it, email me and I can post your fashion bargain find on my blog.