Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Outlets galore

So how much do you really save at those outlet stores? Whether you're going to Byron for toys and books or Tanger for clothes and linens, it turns out you can do pretty well. The May issue of Consumer Reports actually put OshKosh and L.L. Bean up at the top of their "best deals" list. Carter's and Nike also made the report. It turns out the Carter's outlet will sometimes have new lines before high-end retail stores, and even discounts the lines they market in retailers such as Wal-Mart. So the next time you're looking for a real deal on the kids' wardrobes for the season, the drive will probably be worth it. *Helpful hint* if you're going on a sales-tax holiday, measure the kids and get a babysitter. Outlet centers become a madhouse.

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