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Summer Shopping at the Potomac Mills + My Top Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Spending While Shopping

Summer Shopping at the Potomac Mills + My Top Tips to Avoid Unnecessary Spending While Shopping


This post was sponsored by Potomac Mills. All views and text are mine.

We’re still in the middle of summer and I’m in the mood for fresh summer outfits for myself and for my family. Although I want to spend the money when shopping, I do like sticking to a budget.

So it’s great that we have Potomac Mills to help make our shopping for summer outfits easier and more affordable. I love this mall because it’s got everything I need for my whole family when it comes to shopping for clothing, shoes and accessories – in just one stop!  

Featuring over 200 stores, including Bloomingdale’s- The Outlet Store, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Nordstrom Rack, Kate Spade New York, The North Face, and Nike Factory Store, Potomac Mills is the ultimate shopping destination in Northern Virginia. I highly recommend shopping at this mall, especially if you’re on a budget. You can get the looks for less for your whole family and for your home and the selection of goods are awesome!

The last time I went shopping at Potomac Mills, I bought summer outfits for my two tween boys at three of my favorite stores: the GAP, Nordstrom Rack and Neiman Marcus Last Call and I didn’t have to spend too much. I love that I can shop at this mall and stay within my budget because the prices are unbeatable!  They offer everyday savings of 25 to 65 percent off!

And since we are in the subject of shopping and that I know we can all relate to the struggle of overspending while shopping at the mall, I thought I’d put together some of my own tips and tricks to help avoid unnecessary spending. Read on…


1. Know what kind of outfit you want to shop for. If you have the outfit in mind before you go shopping (for example, a midi dress with sneakers and cute sunglasses), and then search for those specific products, you’ll likely to not get distracted by other affordable items you see that you don’t necessarily need.

2. Don’t go shopping while in a hurry or at the last minute. Block out a specific time in your schedule to do some shopping. Make your first trip a “get an idea of what’s available right now and at what price” then take good notes. Once back at home, organize your shopping list for the actual buying adventure.

3. Don’t go shopping without a list. Having a list and sticking to it before hitting the store can help avoid making impulse purchases.

4. Don’t pay full retail prices on clothes.  If you like buying clothing or shoes brand new, you don’t have to pay full retail prices. While shopping at the mall, find the items you really want and keep an eye on them. Eventually, they’ll be discounted or the store will have a sale so that you can buy those items at a better price. For myself personally, this  waiting game trick helps me weed out things I don’t actually love enough to buy. In other words, this gives me time to think about whether or not I really want the item while I wait for a discount.

5.Take advantage of great sale events like the upcoming Tax Free Weekend when you can shop tax-free and save more money.

Potomac Mills will be having their Tax Free Weekend on August 4-6 when you can shop tax free and enjoy extra special savings on top of already reduced prices! This is the perfect time to do your back to school shopping or to update your Fall wardrobe from your favorite brands – all up to 70% off!

During this sales tax holiday period, qualifying items will be exempt from sales tax including school supplies, clothing, and footwear:

  • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
  • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

So if you live near Washington D.C. and have never been to the Potomac Mills, I recommend visiting and shopping here already! You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find!

Jocelyn Brown
Jocelyn Brown

A former school teacher, Jocelyn Brown created Hip Mama’s Place in 2007. Her motto for this blog is: get inspired, create and share! Jocelyn loves sharing about food and recipes, crafts, DIY projects and her random travels with her family. She also loves all things social media, but her latest obsession is Instagram.

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  1. 08/06/2017 / 6:29 pm

    Oh my gosh! I totally forgot about tax-free weekends. I wish those existed here!

  2. 08/04/2017 / 1:59 am

    I am looking forward to tax free weekend here. Great time to go shopping

  3. 08/03/2017 / 8:29 pm

    I honestly got a bit grumpy when I learned that Georgia isn’t having a tax free weekend this year. With 5 kids, that really helped us save a bit you know? Thankfully there are sales and tips like yours will help us manage to find some great outfits!

  4. 08/02/2017 / 9:36 pm

    Excellent tips! I tend to spend WAY more than I want to when I go shopping without a list. I need to do better.

  5. 08/02/2017 / 12:59 pm

    I never pay full retail prices on clothes. I just wait patiently ’til they go on sale and that’s when I grab it.

  6. rika
    08/02/2017 / 6:43 am

    Sounds like a great outlet mall! My favorite outlet mall is about 3 hours away and always have to stay overnight in the area.

  7. Adaleta
    08/02/2017 / 3:55 am

    Tax free shopping now that is amazing!! How cool, great tips!

  8. brianne
    08/02/2017 / 3:14 am

    I wish we lived closer! But I would so take the trip for tax free weekends!

  9. 08/02/2017 / 1:42 am

    We just had tax free weekend and I was able to save tons of money on taxes. Thanks for the tips. – yolonda

  10. 08/01/2017 / 11:28 pm

    I almost never pay full price at the mall and am definitely a deal hunter. Potomac Mills sounds like a fantastic place to shop!

  11. 08/01/2017 / 8:54 pm

    I NEVER pay full retail price. I like to hit the store that have sales going on or coupons.

  12. 08/01/2017 / 8:53 pm

    These are great tips to keep in mind to keep spending under control. I will use these tips thiss weekend at the outlet mall.

  13. 08/01/2017 / 3:37 pm

    I have never heard of Potomac Mills, but it sounds like a great place for one-stop shopping, especially with back-to-school shopping coming up. It is so tough to shop with two kids in tow, and this would definitely make it easier.

  14. 08/01/2017 / 3:11 pm

    I wish our nearby store would offer this weekend tax free shopping. Taxes here is ridiculous, it adds up.

  15. sara
    08/01/2017 / 2:35 pm

    We love to shop at Potomac Mills! Great shops and so many restaurants to choose from.

  16. 08/01/2017 / 1:27 pm

    I am not a shopper but this looks like a great place. I like having so much in one place.

  17. Rosey
    08/01/2017 / 12:55 pm

    Oh yeah, I forgot about tax free shopping for back to school. woohoo! Awesome reminder. 🙂

  18. 08/01/2017 / 11:42 am

    We have tax free shopping weekend here in Atlanta too this week coming up. Great mall it seems like for shopping for children for back to school in that area.

  19. 08/01/2017 / 8:18 am

    This sounds like a great mall!! I haven’t been to Potomac Mills but I’m sure I would love it!!

  20. 08/01/2017 / 8:17 am

    I love these tips! They’re so helpful and perfect for people like me who are trying to follow a strict budget! I’ve been trying to cut my spending so I can plan more vacations with the family!

  21. 08/01/2017 / 6:18 am

    I never go out to shop without a list or I would end up forgetting something or spending more. I love your tips.

  22. 08/01/2017 / 5:59 am

    Solid tips! Totally agree with them all but especially love not shopping in a rush and having a list!

  23. Crystal
    08/01/2017 / 4:16 am

    Shopping with the three kids can be so tough. But having a list and a plan certainly helps! I wished I lived closer to the Potomac Mills!

  24. 08/01/2017 / 2:27 am

    I’m all about not paying full price. Though with four kids, I’ve learned that tax free isn’t always the best time to go. There are too many crazy people for saving 8%.

  25. Claudia Krusch
    08/01/2017 / 2:16 am

    Tax free shopping weekend sounds fantastic. With back to school so close it would be a great time to go to Potomac Mills and stock up.

  26. 08/01/2017 / 2:07 am

    I never pay full price for clothes. I always shop sales, coupons and rebates.

  27. 08/01/2017 / 1:53 am

    Going in with a list and a plan would help me a lot. I definitely spend more when I’m browsing!

  28. Pam
    08/01/2017 / 1:42 am

    This sounds like a great place to shop. Especially during the upcoming tax free weekend!

  29. Meagan
    08/01/2017 / 12:23 am

    These are some great tips. Kids grow so fast so you need to get a great deal.

  30. 08/01/2017 / 12:04 am

    We don’t live near a Potomac Mills, but it sounds like a fabulous place to shop. I love places where I can find name brands at great prices.

  31. 07/31/2017 / 10:52 pm

    These are great tips for saving money on clothing, especially with back to school. I can’t wait to put some of these to use!

  32. 07/31/2017 / 9:47 pm

    This is such a huge place to have to shop at, I cannot imagine. I love the idea of being able to check out so many stops in one location though. It would save me some gas mileage 😉 Thanks for the tips to avoid unnecessary spending when shopping!

  33. 07/31/2017 / 8:38 pm

    That is absolutely massive. 200 stores is huge. My wife would never come back!

  34. 07/31/2017 / 8:38 pm

    I will be sure to keep this in mind. I skip tax free day though. Too many people. Not work the $5 I’d save.

  35. Candy
    07/31/2017 / 8:35 pm

    Something I like to do is shop on days when it will be less crowded. Never pay full price for anything.

  36. 07/31/2017 / 8:26 pm

    I don’t live near there but I’ve heard of it and planned on going when I go to DC. There’s great stores and deals!

  37. 07/31/2017 / 8:17 pm

    Potomac Mills sounds amazing! I love shopping at places like these that have everything in one place. I need to check this out!

  38. robin rue
    07/31/2017 / 8:15 pm

    That sounds like THE place to shop. I need to start thinking about back to school shopping for my boys.

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