03/21/2016 03:48 EDT | Updated 10/06/2017 10:13 EDT

Hot Spring Fashion Hacks

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Spring has (almost, technically) sprung, and retailers are now showcasing the hottest spring fashion, but how do you get the look without the hefty price tag?

Here are a few hacks to help save money on this year's spring fashion trends.

First things first, spring-cleaning is a must! A new season means a fresh start, and what better way to make things fresh and organized in your home than cleaning out your closet. I bet you'll be surprised by how much you can accumulate in a year. The rule is, if you haven't worn something in a year, you probably won't wear it again anytime soon - get rid of it and make room for a few new items. Donate it to your favourite local clothing drive or sell online if it's worth a pretty penny!

Make it personal. You don't have to incorporate every single trend into your wardrobe that's featured on the runway or in your favourite fashion magazine. Instead, it's really about deciding which trend compliments your personal style. Being selective about your staple pieces this spring is also a good way to shop on budget.

Spring flowers. You can't go wrong with big bold floral prints - they are the way to go this time of year! While you may want to buy every gorgeous floral piece you see, resist that urge. Invest in one or two prints that you're drawn to. A silk flower cami can be a very versatile piece to pair with high waisted trousers and layered under a chunky knit sweater.

Check out retailers like Banana Republic and Joe Fresh to get a head start on your hunt for florals.

The hi's and the lows. If you're hoping to splurge on a few pieces to last you through the warmer months there's a smart way to go about it -- and that involves investing in pieces that are hi-end (pieces you can't live without) with lower end items that you may love just as much but help stretch your budget. Splurge on investment pieces like a leather jacket or trench coat! These staple items can be worn throughout all of Spring and are worth the extra money, especially when they can be worn the next few years. Lower end items like jeans, scarves, tops are easy ways to pull in the season's latest trends without breaking the bank!

Organize a clothing swap with friends. A great way to get new-to-you clothes without spending a dime! Plus you can catch up with friends and get some new clothes!

Refresh what you already have. We see many similar styles in rotation when it comes to street style, so some pieces that were popular three years ago still remain trendy because we see them in street style images. While your cleaning out your closet, be on alert for some street style chic items (oversized graphic sweaters, boyfriend jeans, chambray shirts, overalls, midi skirts, etc). Compliment new with old - and no one will be the wiser.

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Sari Friedman is the Marketing Director of Ebates Canada and resident shopping expert. is Canada's largest Cash Back shopping site. As a fashion enthusiast and new mom, Sari has an eye for finding and sharing amazing deals on the hottest trends and must-have styles.

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