Tips for Shopping on a Budget at Allen Premium Outlet Mall

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This past weekend my teenage daughter and I drove to Allen Premium Outlet Mall for a Blogger Shop Around. Armed with several coupons, including the VIP Coupon Book, and a $50 gift card, we were out to find the best deal we could.

Allen Premium Outlet

Allen Premium Outlet Mall

After a nice breakfast and chat with the other ladies, we had two quick stops and then it was time to shop. My daughter and I sat down to formulate a plan with the coupons and map we had been given and then began walking.

formulate a plan

Our first stop was at Columbia Sportswear. We knew there was a $15 gift card waiting there for us so we picked it up first. We looked around, found some great shoes for my husband on clearance, and then left.

No, we did not buy the shoes. I tend to find a bargain. Walk every other store with similar products looking for a better deal. And then go back once I prove I cannot do better. Maybe not the most strategy efficient way of doing it but it works for me.

shopping on a budget

We ended up walking the entire mall from Columbia to Columbia and then back to the food court before lunch. We walked away with great deals! Including those shoes!

shopping on a budget

Here is a rundown:

  • 3 shirts off the New York & Co Clearance Rack – $25 coupon = $3.47
  • Serving tray at Kitchen Collection with a free mini pan = $4.23
  • Dress and shoes at Rue21 – coupon = $24.13
  • Blouse and jeans at American Eagle – coupon = $15.89
  • Tennis shoes for my husband from Columbia Sportswear **best deal** Reg price: $80 – 70% clearance – $15 GC – 10% discount w/email signup = $8.36
  • Total: $56.08 – $50 gift card = $6.08 of my own money

Tips for Shopping on a Budget

  • Download coupons before you go
  • Plan out shopping strategy with a map and a highlighter
  • Join rewards programs such as the VIP Shoppers Club
  • Shop Outlets, for instance the Allen Premium Outlet offers over 100 stores with savings of 25%-65% every day
  • Look for Shop & Stay packages that may offer gift cards
  • Ask about stacking coupons {you never know unless you ask}
  • Go with a budget in mind and stick to that budget
  • Only carry cash… once it’s gone you’re done!
what to wear

Tips for What to Wear

  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Carry a hands free bag such as a cross body bag
  • Wear comfy clothes that can easily go off and on if shopping for clothes

Upcoming Sales at Allen Premium Outlet

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  • Back to School
  • Tax Free Weekend
  • Labor Day
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • Midnight Madness {kicks off Black Friday weekend-long sales}
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