We’ll admit that we’re obsessed with invitation-only shopping sites. Imagine a daily cyber-space running-of-the-brides sale at Filene’s Basement… such is the adrenalin rush we feel once we identify a precious treasure we must possess. Fearful that another bitch’ll scoop us, we troll our fave Gilt Groupe precisely at noon each day to see which great Missoni or Miu Miu just arrived. Rue La La is our close second, and for home we’re swept away by One Kings Lane.

Aroused though we are, we do have our standards—we only buy pieces we’ve actually seen before in real life, and only if they’re being offered at ridiculously deep discount. We are Bitches on a Budget, after all.

Desperate for a little pick-me-up? 1/18 on Gilt Groupe check out Portolano. You may get a good deal on these beautifully crafted, hip winter accessories.

Hungry for something playful and fresh? A pop of color to brighten the winter doldrums? Rue La La’s Sweet Pea by Stacy Frati boutique opens on 1/16.

One Kings Lane always has lovely offerings… Minimink’s ever-so-cozy baby gear is on sale until 1/16. Faux fur—but real swank.

Just ideas to whet the appetite. Be sure you know the return policies inside and out! And the most important rule: use your head.

You know you’re good at that.