Saturday, May 23, 2009

The the new 'in' place to shop

I have a confession to make. I'm a "bargain" shopper -- meaning I rarely pay full-price for clothes and household items.

My favorite stores are Marshalls, Ross, TJ Maxx, as well as local consignment and thrift stores (which are full of designer duds in my well-heeled area, btw!). When I do go to mall stores, I'll always head to the sale racks first.

This frugal habit has served me well over the years; I think I look pretty damned put together, thank you very much! And with this new economy, the discount mentality is becoming downright "mainstream" -- just look at this recent Today Show clip for proof!

A big benefit of shopping at local thrifts is that many of them are set up to benefit a charity -- so your money will be doing something positive instead of fattening some CEO's wallet!

Of course, shopping at these types of places comes with its caveats -- such as inspect every item very carefully for stains, tears, cracks, etc. Also, set aside more time for your shopping expedition, because the stores are usually not well organized, they can be jammed with goods, and you'll probably have to try on many items to find a few gems.

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