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How to bag an outlet shopping bargain

´╗┐OUTLET shopping complexes such as DFO and Harbour Town are widely seen as good places to bag a brand name bargain, and a little planning can stretch your money even further.

These large centres are typically packed with high-end retail outlets and can be found in several capital and regional cities. But before you hit the stores, its wise to hit the web first.

Mike Chalmers, the founder of buying service Buyologists, says the first thing to do is to visit an outlet shopping centres website to see which stores have sales on, and maybe download some online coupons.

Make sure before you go you have a cap on how much you plan to spend beware of impulse purchasing just because you are there, he says.

Before you buy, always try scanning the bar code with a phone shopping app to make sure youre really getting the best deal available.

A quick online search will help you find the outlet stores nearest you or even online outlet stores. Try searching this site

Marie Kargiotis, 40, shops at an outlet at least once a fortnight and says style does not have to have a price tag.

Why pay full price when you dont have to? she says.

Last week I picked up a gorgeous yellow coverlet at Harbour Town reduced from about $400 to $55 and its still selling at full price elsewhere.

Kargiotis recommends signing up to outlet shopping centre blogs and newsletters, joining VIP programs and stocking up on essentials such as bedding, towels and underwear at outlet prices.

Harbour Town Adelaide marketing manager Jenny Schier says many items at outlet shopping centres are reduced by up to 70 per cent.

Do your homework, as current season brands can be on sale at an outlet store at the same time its available in the full price store, she says.

Bigger discounts are often available for those who buy in the off-season, Schier says.

Be on the lookout for exclusive items, as retailers are now designing specific items only for their outlet stores, she says.

Schier says stores social media pages will highlight current sales. Be sure to shop each outlet store in its entirety, as even further discounting can be discovered on clearance racks and tables.

The big buzz fun park on sale and priced to sell

´╗┐HERE is an opportunity to live out your childhood fantasy.

A four-bedroom home in Rainbow Flat, about 3.5 hours from Sydney on the NSW mid-north coast, is up for sale, and also the theme park that adjoins it.

The Big Buzz Fun Park is a local attraction built by a local builder 32 years ago to capitalise on the growing tourist numbers visiting the area. He has been running the park ever since. He also built the four-bedroom family home on the park grounds.

Sitting on 30 acres of land, the fun park features water slides, a toboggan run, peddle carts, putt-putt golf, trampolines, swimming pools, laser tag, a kiosk and picnic areas.

During the parks busiest times, over school holidays and public holidays, it employs up to 16 people. Group bookings from schools and functions keep it consistent throughout the year.

The family home is located at the rear of the property, overlooking the dam and away from the theme park noise.

It covers 446 square metres, with 297 square metres of living area, and underwent renovations four years ago. The renovations included a brand new marble kitchen, new ceilings and modernised bathrooms.

Selling agent Luke Crane from Ray White Forster Tuncurry has listed the property for $2.4 million, which he said is a steal.

The location is absolutely beautiful. Youve got a wonderful peaceful feel but its only minutes to the beach.

It is now priced at an amount where it will sell $2.4 million is a great price. The land alone is remarkable, before you add the house and the significant fun park revenue.

Interested buyers have largely been local buyers who view it as a local icon, but there has been some international interest as well, Mr Crane told

He said the vendor hopes to sell to a bigger company which can expand the theme park. However, it would also suit a buyer looking to operate a family business with a great work/life arrangement.

The park has recently started hosting weddings, so there is also plenty of room to scale the business into weddings and private functions.

The current owner is selling to retire.