Discount Stores

Discount stores like Wal-Mart, Kmart and Target.  Here you can get everything that department stores carry, such as clothing, but also toothpaste, pots and pans, stereo and sporting equipment and basic food… a one stop shop, generally for less.  The decor is basic and you can use a shopping cart.  Not as high end, you won’t find the latest fashion designer here, but you can get more for less.  Great for the basics and for items you want to wear for a short period of time then throw away at the end of a trip or season.

There are also multi-brand discount apparel stores.  These stores purchase close-outs from other retailers and manufacturers and sell them to you at deep discounts.  Stores in this category are primarily apparel stores such as, Burlington Coat Factory, Syms, T.J. Maxx and Marshalls.  Sometimes these stores are also referred to as discount stores.  You have to spend a little more time going through the racks, but you can find some really good bargains.

You could also put stores like Dollar General, Everything for a Dollar and Odd Lots here too.  These are deep discount stores.  They buy merchandise from other stores that might be going out of business, or manufacturers who have too much inventory.   These stores are great not only for people on a budget but smart people trying to save a few dollars.   While sometimes these stores are located in a mall, they are often free standing stores.