Attention Shoppers

By Cristen Marcy
September 19, 2002

kim Clayton

Sure you may know all the fine points of studying, but do you really know how to shop? Many of us have gone to overpriced department stores, boutiques and drug stores and spent way too much money. However, with stores like TJ Maxx and Wal-Mart, consumers can get the best brands for less.

Many college students are on a tight budget and think they cannot afford anything right now. On the contrary, they just do not know where to shop. Many favorite stores include Express, Macy’s and Eckerd Drug, but shopping at discount stores can save you hundreds.

For example, TJ Maxx is a discount department store that carries all the name brand clothes as higher priced stores. With a little hunting and searching through the racks, one can find a pair of Express jeans priced $30 less than in the retail store. Most students prefer either TJ Maxx or Kohl’s when bargain shopping for clothes. These stores have the best brands, quality and most importantly, the best prices and sales.

Wal-Mart, with its forever falling prices, is another great place to shop when you’re on a tight budget. One can choose a wide variety of things from electronics to household items. In comparison with drug stores, Wal-Mart is far more affordable. Why pay $4.99 for a four-pack of Duracell batteries on sale at Eckerd Drug when you can get the same item for $2.88 at Wal-Mart? Not only does Wal-Mart have lower prices it also has a larger selection to choose from along with the quality looked for in an item. K-Mart is another bargain department store that has great buys. These stores are great for every day necessities, such as shampoo, body wash and toothpaste. One can save more in these stores, compared to drug stores where prices are marked up. Students prefer Wal-Mart and K-Mart, compared to Target. However, it often comes down to the location of the stores.

In order to be a smart shopper without wiping out your bank account, always remember these few tips that could save you more. In stores such as TJ Maxx and Kohl’s, they only get so many of one item so it is essential to buy it before its gone, or you will be forced to pay more. Before you go shopping look in the store ads and flyers to compare prices. Always remember to clip coupons and check out the clearance racks, there might be something there you just cannot pass over.

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