Finding a Bathing Suit That Won't Break the Bank


Trying on bathing suits can be a drag, and so can the price tag.
Trying on bathing suits can be a drag, and so can the price tag.
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Let's face it. Few women enjoy shopping for a bathing suit. Even if you have the perfect bathing suit body (and don't mind seeing it from all angles in a poorly lighted dressing room), you're probably not smiling when you take a look at the price tag. So much money for so little fabric!

How can you save a buck when you buy your suit?

Shop at the Right Times

You can find end-of-season bargains at your local stores in June, before they put the back-to-school merchandise on the shelves. You'll also find deals in August at beaches and resorts, right before they close up shop for the season.

Bargain Hunt Based on Your Swimsuit Profile

Bathing suit consumers come in three categories: swimmers, splashers and sunners. It all comes down to whether you're more concerned about form or function, and it will guide you in your bargain shopping. See the next page to get started.

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