Does shopping at outlet malls actually save you money?

Factory outlets and outlet malls all promise big discounts of up to 70% but can you really bag a bargain?

I love a bargain but I’ve always been a bit sceptical about outlet malls and never found the bargains live up to the hype.

In fact I actually came away out of pocket on one occasion when I left empty handed, but having shelled out for coffee or lunch during my bargain hunting day.  And when it comes to eating and drinking at these places, there’s usually no cut price deals in the cafes or restaurants.

On a recent trip to Manchester for a travel feature, I popped into the Lowry Outlet at Salford Quays.  Spying the Cadbury shop I whizzed in hoping to snap up some cheap chocolate, only to find the prices flagged up were actually more expensive than some supermarket deals.

So I did a little investigation and you can read my full feature for  here