A poll of some serious bargain hunters offers these tips for smart seasonal shopping:
* THINK TRANSITIONAL: Summer's hot, bare looks may be on your mind, but don't pass up the heavier or long-sleeved clothes that may still be hanging around the clearance rack. That black, long-sleeved T-shirt will see plenty of service come fall. A bright shell top can go it alone now and under an easy jacket later.
* ROOM TO GROW: If you're shopping for children and can budget some money for the year ahead, pick up basic pieces with plenty of growing room. Children's essentials don't suffer the fluctuations of fashion and will always be needed. A double reduction now may mean quadruple savings next year. After all, when is the last time you saw new season prices drop?