How about a $400 pair of shoes for $5?

Many of us have one foot larger than another and it's best to shop for the larger foot, the foot experts say. Opitz Outlet has a quirky, fantastic bargain for shoppers who have one foot a half-size different from the other. Adjacent to Opitz, the Annex (4300 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-922-2435) is selling hundreds of pairs of men's and women's new, undamaged shoes from Tory Burch, Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Kate Spade, Jimmy Choo, Cole Haan, Nike, Timberland for $5 per mismatched pair. Original retail prices range from $75 to $400. The sale is in progress.

Salon trims its prices 30 percent

For the perfectly coiffed style maven suffering an economic setback, a $7 haircut might represent falling too far too fast. Jon Charles salon (1221 W. Lake St., Minneapolis, 612-724-2444) can help maintain dignity. The high-end salon is offering 30 percent discounts on hair styling and coloring services through May 15. Charles got the idea when a longtime client wanted to cancel because of tough times. Since his business is good right now, any new or "lapsed" customer can get the discount by asking for the "It's the economy, stupid" discount when making the appointment. Bargain-hunters might want to verify the discounted price before booking the appointment.

Sears brings back its Minneapolis outlet

Sears reopened an appliance outlet center in Minneapolis last week. Shoppers can save 25 to 65 percent on refrigerators, washers, dryers, stoves, dishwashers, mattresses, TVs, fitness equipment and lawn tractors. The new store at 2700 NE. Winter St., 612-331-3648, joins the outlet that opened in 2003 at 141 85th Av. NW., Coon Rapids (763-786-3555). Items bought at the outlet can be delivered for a $60 flat fee and are covered by manufacturer's warranty unless otherwise noted.

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