These days, many budget-conscious shoppers are counting every penny. The good new is, your personal sense of style doesn’t have to suffer just because a slow economy has forced you to downsize your clothing budget. With online sample sale sites, you can get a lot of bang for your fashion buck. Check out these favorites for top labels at bargain-basement prices. This members-only site offers limited-edition samples from many of the most prestigious décor and design brands for up to 80% off. A free membership is required to access the site. There is a definite air of mystery surrounding this exclusive site. Enter your email for a membership and find out whether you’re invited to their next 70%-off blowout sale. One of the most universally beloved sample-sale sites, Haute Look offers top designers’ castoffs at 50% to 75% off retail. When it comes to the secretive world of online sample sales, it doesn’t get any better than the Gilt Groupe. This site’s drastically reduced designer duds and home décor items have won it a fanatically loyal following.

    Although the offerings on sample-sale sites can be hit or miss, checking them out can be a fun way to wile away an afternoon on the Internet. Happy shopping!