If you know me well, you know I love a good bargain. So when the opportunity to shop at an outlet store arises, I am the first to go! Over the years, I have learned a few tips and tricks that I think are helpful when shopping at outlets. Enjoy!
1. Invest In a Pretty Purse
I never pay full price for purses. I see no need to when you can go to an outlet and get the same designer bag for a lot less. My purse outlet stores include Coach and Michael Kors. I have found beautiful, stylish purses for a lot less. The quality is excellent, and the purses will last you a long time. I have some Coach purses from five years ago, and they look nearly brand new!
2. Know Your Discounts
Typically when you enter an Outlet store, the sales people will offer you a coupon with an extra percentage off your purchase. Take advantage of these if given the chance. Also, many of the stores offer other discounts such as Student or Military. If you are not sure which stores offer what, don’t hesitate to ask. The worst they can say is no!
3. Look For the Clearance Racks
When at Outlet stores, be on the lookout for the clearance racks. These typically offer an extra 30-50 percent off of already marked down items. While it may be tedious to sift through all the clearance items, scoring that cute top for $5 makes it worth the effort!
4. Know the Return/Exchange Policies
This is where Outlet shopping can get tricky. Be sure to ask, BEFORE you purchase, what the store’s return or exchange policy is. If you are someone who tends to return items, this is very important. Some stores don’t mind giving you a full refund. Others only allow exchanges or store credit. Knowing this in advance helps when you aren’t quite sure about an item; being able to return it at a later date makes purchasing less risky.
5. Give Yourself Enough Time
Having to rush through the stores makes your Outlet experience less than fun. I find it is best to be able to give at least most of your day to shopping the Outlets, depending on how many you want to visit. There is nothing worse than impulse buying because you have to get somewhere, only to realize you don’t love the item when you get home. Also, it takes time to find the good deals. Then there is the process of trying on the items you wish to buy. Giving yourself enough time guarantees you find great items that you will truly love!
I hope you found these tips helpful! Comment below and tell me your tips & tricks for Outlet shopping!