Chic on the cheap.

Spring is coming soon! The ice finally melted! I am wearing heels at work again! Is it just me, or has this winter been a real drag? Ice and snowstorms, constant recession talk, tens of thousands of layoffs each day. I'm ready for spring to give us a break.

But the traditional spring wardrobe spruce-up has been called off this year on account of the no extra money thing. So what is a high-fashion mama to do when pennies are tight and new clothes are needed? Bargain shop for the RIGHT spring pieces.

Here are a few colors and items you can add to your current wardrobe to make you look spring ready on a recession dime. You can add these colors to you wardrobe in the form of a new top, handbag, earrings, or braclets. It CAN be done on the cheap! Check out Marshall's, Target, TJ Maxx and Goodwill (yes, Goodwill)!

Sunshine yellow Wishing for sun? Stop wishing and start wearing!
Hot pink Let this color go wild in small doses. Not for allover use.
Cherry red This retro hot color looks cool with polka dots.
Bright green (not florescent) There is a difference between bright and day-glo, learn it, and wear it.
Creamsicle orange A sweet color to liven up your closet.

Add the following items to your spring wardrobe to keep it up to date:

Flowing skirt Great for hiding muffin tops (not that we think you have one) and comes in bright seasonal colors.

Cotton eyelet flats The new take on last year's ballerina flat. These are comfy and easy to slip on when you're running out the door.

Print blouses Whether it's splatter paint prints or geometric shapes, blouses with a cute, colorful print are back. Stay away from floral patterns, though. They can make you look frumpy and old-fashioned.

So consider your spring shopping kind of like a treasure hunt. You may have to work a little harder, but the gems are still there for you to find.