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Shopping Madness: 5 Tips to Get an Extra Bargain

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I have a particular fondness for my hometown brand, Juicy Couture. When I first started buying Juicy many years ago, one's best bet seemed to be places like Loehmann's and some other discount outlets. The price on a handbag, for example, usually amounted to about 50 percent off retail. Both the discount department stores and the Juicy outlets (which usually have 30 percent off markdowns on holiday weekends) featured an assemblage of standard styles from seasons past at pretty good prices.

I then moved next to a Lord & Taylor, which had good clearance prices on the new styles, especially considering there's always a printable extra-discount coupon online to take into the stores (and if you say you forgot it, the sales associate has one socked by the register).

But I've never gotten as good of a deal as when I started buying directly from the Juicy website. Not only do the products arrive in factory packaging (thus they haven't been manhandled in a store or tried on), but the sales can't be beat. Recently, I got a beautiful wool felt, patent-trimmed shoulder bag that was regularly $248 -- with markdowns and promo code, it came down to $56. I consistently see Juicy items on "discount" sites for much more than the current price at Juicy itself. So never underestimate buying direct.