We all want to look and feel our best when it comes to big events each year, weddings, holiday parties, and of course the always anticipated New Year’s Eve celebration. But looking our best for each and every party can add up quickly, especially when it comes to a different dress each time. Follow these financial savvy tricks to wow your fellow party goers at each event.

Don’t wait to purchase

Never, ever wait until the last-minute to purchase a special occasion dress. By waiting, you’ll inevitably spend much more and possibly settle for a dress that is less than ideal. A great way to avoid this predicament is to shop early. Don’t have any big events on your calendar as of yet? Now would be the best to shop for dresses, you won’t feel that last-minute pressure and will most likely find an outfit you love versus buying something because you have nothing else to wear.

Use your Tailor

By purchasing early you will be able to take advantage of alterations. Found the almost perfect dress? Alterations are a budget savvy girls best friend, a less expensive dress can be turned in something that fits you like a glove. Don’t be afraid to alter a dress to your specifications. Another great way to save money, alter dresses already in your closet. Make that evening gown into a mini for New Years Eve.

Shop Online

Take advantage of online sales. Love the dresses at Bloomingdale’s<p/i.ashx?foid=1048325.1176377&fot=9999&foc=1&url=http%3a%2f%2fwww1.bloomingdales.com%2fshop%2fwomens-apparel%2fdresses%3fid%3d21683%26cm_sp%3dNAVIGATION-_-TOP_NAV-_-2910-CLOTHING-Dresses” alt=”” border=”0″ />? Shop their sale section and wait for a discount code before purchasing. Sites such as Gilt Groupe<p/i.ashx?foid=1048325.261770&fot=9999&foc=1″ alt=”” border=”0″ /> offers deep discounts on designer goods through flash sales. Which is a great option for special event outfits such as evening wear and mens suits. Sites like Bluefly offer discounted designer duds, grab a dress today at 20% off with promo code FAMILY at checkout. Online retailers are in constant competition, so make sure to compare prices, price comparison will always yield you the best deal.

Rent the Runway

Rent The Runway is your one stop shop to rent dresses & accessories by famous designers. Yes, rent. Why purchase a dress for a special occasion when you can rent a high-end piece at the fracture of the price. Simply search by occasion, type of dress, size, and date available. Choose from several outfit choices, including accessory options. This is a great option if you are looking to really wow in something designer, plus rental prices tend to run you 10% of the retail. Plus receive $25 off your first rental!

Borrow or swap with friends

There is no shame in clothes swapping, does your best friend have a killer dress from last year? Offer up that blouse she has been eyeing. Another great money-saving option is to purchase a dress with a friend/sister. Do you both have events to attend on different weekends? That price tag was just slashed in half.

Regardless of the event, there is never a need to pay retail. Happy hunting!