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What's in your bag? The bargain edition

Now more than ever, shoppers are bagging bargains—and bragging about it.

It's not just about curbing our spending in a recession. It's also boasting about our savvy shopping "savings."

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In the last week, a friend ripped off her heavy coat to twirl in her velvet wrap dress and boast that it was reduced from $149 to $9.70 at the

Talbots

Outlet in

Park Ridge

. A guy I sat next to in a meeting said, "Like my sweater? Seven dollars at Target!"

But why should I have all the fun of savoring the money these frugal folks saved? To spread the wealth, or lack of it, I stopped random people and had them share their favorite steals. Here goes.

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