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02/25/2014 10:26 am ET Updated Feb 25, 2014

10 Reasons Outlet Shopping Is The Best Shopping

We've had some gripes with outlet shopping in the past, but these days, when the weather has prevented us from doing pretty much anything outside, it's nice to know there are some things to look forward to -- more specifically, shopping outdoors.

But, there's more to love about outlets than their proximity to nature. In fact, there are plenty of reasons to pack up the car (or train!) and treat yourself to an outlet trip.

1. It's a one-stop shop.

From shoes to swimsuits to cookware, there's a store for pretty much anything you could possibly want or need. No need to make multiple stops.

2. You can fulfill your food court cravings.

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Don't lie, we all get them. Every once in a while we just feel the need to indulge in a pretzel or hot dog, and with all the food offerings available at the outlets, you'll have plenty of opportunities to refuel.

3. They provide a great workout!

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Feeling full from that pretzel? Not to worry. These places are freaking huge, which equals tons of walking. Plus, shopping is excellent cardio and holding heavy bags is pretty much like weight lifting ... right?

4. Clearance sales on outlet items = mega savings.

There are sales. Then there are clearance sales. Then there are outlet store clearance sales. $20 Marc by Marc Jacobs jeans, anyone?

5. You get a breath of fresh air.

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After this brutal winter, everyone has spring on the brain. What better way to celebrate warm weather than to SHOP IN IT?

6. They're pretty much everywhere.

There are 65 Premium Outlets locations in the United States, so, chances are, there's an outlet near to where you are RIGHT NOW. Plus, many are accessible by public transportation, meaning even you city dwellers have a chance to score some great deals.

7. Going to one is like a mini vacation.

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Feel like getting away for the day? Why not use that as an excuse to stock up on spring essentials?

8. Designer brands at a discount = quality clothing.

Sure, you could get cheap clothes elsewhere, but you can't fake quality. At an outlet, the prices are comparable to those at cheaper stores but are better made.

9. Options, options, options.


Can't find something you like at J. Crew? No sweat. Just head over to one of 5 billion other stores. You'll eventually find something.

10. It can be a fun challenge.

Hear us out: Searching for a great deal is extremely satisfying -- and can become something of a treasure hunt. There's no better feeling than knowing you got the best possible deal. Finding it is half the fun!

Click here to find the outlet center closest to you & happy shopping!

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