Shoppers willing to search can dress for much less 

Dig Away

As shallow and stereotypical as it sounds to admit it, girls love shopping. It's a fun way to socialize, exercise (c'mon, all that walking and squeezing in and out of clothes gets tiring), and yeah, it definitely gives you a little rush to come home with a bag of things that you know are gonna make you look good. But alas, we aren't all daddy's little princesses with gold cards at our disposal — but that doesn't mean you have to give up your love of spending. We're here to prove that you can always score a cute, unique outfit for well under 20 bucks. You just have to be willing to dig. We guarantee that the biggest shopping rush you'll experience is when you know you've gotten an incredible bargain. I feel a little light-headed just writing about it.

click to enlarge BEN WILLIAMS

Dress: Aeropostale, $9
Shoes: Target, $2.50
Sunglasses: Goodwill, $1.99
Total: $13.49

Ladies, you know it as well as I do: There is no freaking way you're going to find a decent bathing suit for under $20. Even if it's on sale. It is just a sad fact of life for the mammary blessed. But going to Folly Beach isn't just about sand and swimming; it's about the drive and the hanging out at Taco Boy afterward. Spend your $20 on a cute dress and cute shoes — all the summer stuff at the mall is on sale now — and get some more wear out of that bikini you spent a fortune on last year.

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Cardigan: Goodwill, $3.47
Tank top: Goodwill, $3.47
Skirt: Goodwill, $3.47
Shoes: Kmart, $3.79
Bag: Rummage sale, $1
Total: $15.20

This entire outfit looks like it could be from American Apparel or Urban Outfitters. Of course, at either of those places, the shoes alone would cost you what all these pieces cost together. Get over your thrift store jitters and go to Goodwill; this Old Navy tank top had its original tags still on it, and the Gap skirt is in perfect condition. Garage and rummage sales are also a resource usually untapped by college kids (probably because it's hard to get up that early on Saturday morning).

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Dress: Marshalls, $12.99
Shoes: Walmart, $6.97
Total: $19.96

All good bargain hunters know about Marshalls, or similar stores like Ross and TJ Maxx. If you waited too long to buy that American Eagle Outfitters dress last season, chances are it'll end up at one of these stores, and you don't have to worry about the "what the heck is that stain?" factor you get at thrift sores. And Wal-Mart may not be the most fashion-forward place on earth, but take advantage of their cute shoes when they have them. It doesn't happen too often — like a viable African American presidential candidate.

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