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You Will Need
- A willingness to travel
- The patience to do some homework
If you’re looking for designer duds at rock-bottom prices, shop at outlet stores in more modest neighborhoods. If you’re looking for high-end career clothes, shop in blue-collar neighborhoods. In both cases, the good stuff is apt to move more slowly.
Before making the drive, check out the outlet center’s website to get the lay of the land, see what each store offers, and download coupons—often for thirty percent off or more.
Go at the right time
Head to the outlet mall on a Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday between nine and five. That’s when the fewest people go, so there are shorter lines and better service.
Head to the information center
Before hitting any store, go directly to the information center or customer-service area. Most offer store coupons and even free memberships to their savings clubs, which will help you score big discounts year-round.
Know what’s really a deal
Know what merchandise to purchase. Clothing is best, since it makes its way to the outlets after just one season. The worst deals? Electronics and appliances: they’re usually priced the same as at regular stores.
Look for “exclusives”
Look for clothes made specifically for the outlet store—often marked with an 'exclusive for' label. They’re the same quality you’d find at the main stores, just made from last season’s fabrics and colors.