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Outlet Mall shopping tips

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With the days ticking away before Christmas, many of you might be considering a quick drive to one of the outlet malls in our area.  If so, Kiplinger.com has some suggestions on how to make sure your money is spend wisely.

Remember when you get to an outlet mall to keep in mind, you traveled to get there.  Kiplinger says that's exactly why we're in the mood to shop.  We've invested time and energy to get there, so we don't want to leave empty handed.

If you have a particular item you're shopping for, advice is to call ahead and make sure they have it.  And Kiplinger makes a good point that outlet malls want merchandise to move, so shop early!

We discovered on a trip to the Prime Outlets in Gaffney, the mall often times offers coupons if you sign up for emails on specials.  So do your research and check on coupons.  They could make discounted items even better priced.

If you're shopping outlet malls for the big name brands, keep in mind those items are not usually the same you'll find at your neighborhood mall.  Oftentimes the items at the big name outlet mall stores are last seasons, or items slightly flawed.  Also, most stores have inventory that is specifically made for the outlet version of that brand, so while the price is much more appealing the quality might match that lower price.  So look over your purchases well before spending your money.

There are several web sites, including FactoryOutlet.com, that will let you enter your city and state to find the outlet malls closest to you.  Happy shopping!

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