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Billeater: 7 Outlet Shopping Tips

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by savingtools.com)
at 9:55AM Wednesday December 28, 2011
under Money Saving Tips

Outlet shopping can save you a lot of money, especially if you have your eye on a designer piece that is priced out of your budget at a boutique. Despite the potential for savings, however, there are also pitfalls to outlet shopping that you need to watch out for.

Here are seven tips to make the most of your outlet shopping experience.
  1. Pay Attention to Quality

    Many manufacturers are making items specifically for the outlet stores. These products tend to be of lesser quality than the originals, meaning that you aren't really getting a bargain . Sales associates can let you know if the item is produced just for the outlet, so you can decide if the price is truly worth it.

  2. Head to the Back of the Store

    The best clearance and off-season deals are found at the perimeter and back of the stores. More expensive items are generally placed in the center of the store, as that tends to be where most shoppers go first when they enter.

  3. Avoid Shopping Weekends

    Outlet stores are usually packed on the weekend, making it harder to grab the best deals. If you can manage to shop in the morning on a weekday, you can snatch up the best bargains without much competition.

  4. Look for the Classics

    Unless you really love a trendy piece from last year's collection or don't mind items that are a season behind, look for classic pieces that never go out of style. This is especially true for the big splurges that you will want to wear for years to come.

  5. Come Prepared

    Unless you want aching feet and a sore shoulder, slip on some comfortable shoes and travel light by keeping only essential items in your purse. If you are intending on buying a new cocktail dress or fancier dress piece, do your hair and makeup so you can get the full effect while in the dressing room, despite the poor lighting.

  6. Use Coupons

    Make a great deal even sweeter by using a coupon. You can often get these by signing up for email lists through the retailer or on bargain hunting websites.

  7. Have a Plan and Do Your Research

    Outlet mall shopping can be an all-day affair so you want to make the trip worth it, but you don't want to buy for the sake of buying. Have a good idea of what you are looking for before you even step foot in a store to avoid the temptation of impulse buys. You should research your wish list as well, so you know if the price at the outlet shop is a bargain.

Trying to remain fashionable while on a budget can be difficult and frustrating. Outlet shopping not only saves money, but can also be an excellent way to spend time with friends or family. The above tips can save you from a disappointing outlet experience while helping you snag a fantastic deal.

Do you shop at outlet stores? If so, how do you make sure you're getting the best deal?

Jessica Bosari writes for the money-saving site, Billeater.com. The site is devoted to helping people reduce expenses, save money and find great deals. Pay Billeater a visit for more money-saving tips!