LaTonya Patterson, 26, sales associate Strategy: Keep a wish list for those you buy gifts for, then pounce when the items go on sale. Tip: Shop department stores' semiannual sales for best bargains. Bargain brag: "I got my Gucci glasses for 30 percent off — but they still were $450 with the prescription lenses." Also, "I bought my boyfriend some True Religion jeans that he wanted. The jeans were $250 but $100 off." Did she tell him about her good deal? "No-oooh!"
Phil Velasquez, Chicago Tribune