By Jim Donovan

PHILADELPHIA (CBS)– Before we know it the weather will start to turn cooler and our thoughts may turn to new, warmer clothes. While it’s not the strongest season for clothing sales, 3 On Your Side Consumer Reporter Jim Donovan has some advice to cut your costs.

Shoppers don’t usually think of this stretch between back-to-school deals and holiday shopping, as a prime season to find clothing bargains. But there are still ways to save.

The editors at ShopSmart Magazine say that by taking certain steps shoppers can make their own deals, starting with signing up for a retailer’s email blasts.

“They will tell you about special sales, new lines that have come in, and often they’ll have a coupon that you can either print out and take with you, or a code that you can use if you’re shopping online. So that is the first step, is to sign up for those alerts,” says Judy Rohlena of ShopSmart.

Other ways to prepare for a shopping trip include connecting on Facebook and Twitter for sales and special deals; also, searching online for coupons and promo codes.

Inside stores and the mall, Rohlena says to map out this route to find deals.

“They’re going to be right in front of you when you walk in the store. They’re going to have tables and racks that they want you to see. They want to draw you in if you’re in a mall and then from the front, you’re going to go right to the back. Because that’s where the sale and clearance racks are,” she says.

By the way, shoppers who don’t find what they’re looking for in-store should look for the online clearance racks on a store’s website, which can be easier to navigate.

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