Around here we have several pretty large outlet centers. My favorite is in Vacaville that is less than an hour away from here. The trick at outlets is to know you prices. On a recent visit I got a Columbia jacket for $32. I know these jackets for for about $150. Columbia makes good stuff but it is not worth that much to me. However $32 is a good deal for a lightweight warm jacket. Some of the stores there are no bargain. Just because it is an outlet doesn't mean you are getting a good price. I can get Levis jeans locally for less than what they cost there. It is also good to watch for sales and use any other discount you can. I ask them about AAA discounts, if they say no I ask them about senior discounts. You can also get a coupon book at the center office if you show them your AAA card. I also know what I am looking for when I go there. I don't go just to shop for whatever. If I am not careful I can come home with stuff I don't really need. It has been a long time since that has happened. Of course there are also the local sales and bargain racks at local stores.