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ShopSmart: May 2012

I've never been big on bargain hunting. Oh, I love a bargain, for sure, but the hunting part? Well . . . it's not for me. Whether the target was work clothes or bathroom linens, I preferred to drive to my favorite store, grab everything that I even remotely loved, then spend 30 minutes talking myself out of buying half the lot. There's something about pawing through racks and racks of marked down items looking for the best deal that makes my head hurt.

I guess I'm just not that patient. But then came the Internet, and with it, a whole new world of online bargain shopping. From online outlets to major sites that routinely offer amazing sales, it's increasingly easy to get real savings in cyberspace—minus the headache.

For the May 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, we went in search of the absolute best deals to be had. Looking for kitchen appliances for a steal? Try for discontinued, returned and scratched and dented dishwashers, refrigerators and more. Want to know the two best times to stock up on classic work-ready separates from Brooks Brothers? We found that, too (hint: they fall in summer and winter).

We even laid out the exact steps you can take to transform yourself into a super bargain hunter, and decoded the words that shout from store windows and home pages ("Sale!", "Clearance!!", "Outlet!!!"), so you know exactly what retailers are really selling. Whatever your needs, we did the legwork to figure out where you can buy it for less. The May issue is on newsstands now!—Kenrya Rankin, Contributing Editor

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