Believe me when I tell you that there is a strategy when it comes to outlet shopping. Preparation and research is key. I know it sounds like a lot of work, but for the amount of money you will save, it will be worth the effort! Hopefully, with my help, you can accomplish the somewhat daunting task of outlet shopping and quite possibly make out better than you expected.
- Do some research before you go. I would start online; most of these outlet malls have an online presence. On these sites you can download a map, so that you can plan your route. They may also have coupons that you can print out and bring with you.
- Find out the outlet mall hours of operation. In my opinion, it's easier to shop early in the morning. Earlier in the day it is less crowded and you will be less stressed.
- Start at the outlet department stores first. Then, make your way to the designer and specialty stores to shop for those quality pieces that seem to be more of an investment.
- Eat before you go! As I mentioned this task requires almost an entire day. Even though the shopping is great, the food court may or may not be - if they even have a food court. Plus who wants to bring all shopping bags into a small, very crowded food court? If you start early enough, you may be able to finish up just in time for lunch.
- Shopping outlet department stores is great because you will have a wider selection of brand names and more inventory to choose from.
- Other ways to find out about outlet mall promotions? Try to call ahead, become part of a client list or just try and make friends with someone who works at the store. These are surefire ways to get the "juicy deets" on sales before the rest of the population.
- Some outlets offer discounts for travel groups, while others may schedule special summer sidewalk sales.
- For the best bargains, timing is key. Outlet sales start around the time local department store sales end.
What You Need
- Outlet Map
- Shopping Coupons