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Splurge vs. Steal: Burberry Check Print Scarf

Burberry scarf look for less

It's a classic that never goes out of style, and always commands a hefty pricetag: Burberry's classic check scarf. The wool and silk version above is $395 at However, I recently spotted a lookalike by Fraas at a gift shop and was wowed by the quality and softness. It's the best look for less I've seen in a while, and you can buy them online for under $30...because saving money is timeless, too!

Splurge: Burberry Giant Check Print Wool & Silk Scarf, $395
Steal: Fraas Cashmink Scarf, $25.20 at

Get inspired to style your Burberry plaid scarf with a moto jacket like Serena from Gossip Girl...

Off the Rack: The T.J.Maxx Clutch You Guys Went Ga-Ga For on Instagram and More

Sparkle is my favorite color clutch by Deux Lux

Usually when I'm shopping at new stores in different towns or cities, I find myself thinking "wow, this store is so much better than mine!" But this was not the case Sunday night when I checked out the T.J.Maxx in a northwest part of the state where we were spending the holidays: This store was barren. Of course, to be fair, this sad state of affairs was probably due to the fact that it was right after Christmas. I was hoping to find some goodies on clearance but there was nothing. Nada. I did, however, spot two large envelope clutches by Deux Lux with the phrase "Sparkle is my favorite color" for just $19.99 each. You guys LOVED it as evidenced by this Instagram post (407 likes and counting!) And because I never give up the hunt, I was able to spot a few more worthwhile fashions, from cozy sweaters to sparkly baubles. Most items were under $20, nothing over $50 (and that was for a Kate Spade Saturday laptop bag).

Scroll down for more pics...what did you guys shop for during After-Christmas sales?

Save Time and Money with Shoptagr Sale Alerts

Shoptagr sale alerts tell you when fashions you love go on sale - in your size and preferred color!

There's a new tool available to us Budget Babes that will ensure we never miss another sale: It's called Shoptagr, and it's a free and easy way to find out when items you love go on sale in your preferred size and color.

Here's how it works: With a couple clicks, install the FREE Shoptagr bookmarklet tool (kinda like the Pinterest Pin It tool). Then, whenever you're shopping online and find something you love but would really, really love if it was on sale, click the Shoptagr button in your browser and save the item to your account. When the item goes on sale, Shoptagr will notify you via email. That's it!

The Look for Less: Marcus Lupfer Sequin Lips Sweater

Marcus Lupfur lips sweater look for less

Lips seem to be a recurring theme today: Earlier I found these lip print sweaters, and now I've stumbled upon two sequinned lip sweaters. The splurge is by Marcus Lupfer, who designs luxe lightweight sweaters with signature graphic motifs like the "lips" shown above. But it hardly seems worth paying nearly $500 for something that's probably a fleeting trend. I say go for the steal at H&M! Pair with skinnies and pointy toe pumps for a cheeky look. Kiss, kiss.

Splurge: Marcus Lupfer 'Lara' Sequined Lips Wool Sweater, $475 at
Steal: Sequin lips sweater, $29.95 at

Splurge vs. Steal: Alice + Olivia Lips Sweater, Plus 60% Off Sweaters at The Limited

Splurge vs Save: Lips Sweater

Alice + Olivia's pout embroidered cardigan is $220.80 (down from $368) at Saks Fifth Avenue, while a similar look for less is just $24 at The Limited! I think I prefer the budget version in red and camel even more than the original (see below!)

Splurge: Alice + Olivia Pout Lips Embroidered Cardigan, $220.80 (down from $368) at
Steal: Kiss On The Lips Sweater, $24 (down from $60) at

If the lip sweater isn't your thing, don't worry - all sweaters are 60% off now at! I have the six sweaters below in my virtual shopping cart right now. The swan, embellished style, and polka dots all feel J.Crew or Madewell inspired yet are priced from just $24-28 dollars each! You can't go wrong. And if you have enough sweaters to get you through the winter, browse the rest of - save 50-60% off sitewide, plus an extra 50% off sale items. Take that, Black Friday.

The Limited sweater sale - up to 60% off!

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p.s. Copy this look and style your lips sweater with sequin leggings for a sparkly New Year's outfit!