Budget Better: 5 items you should always buy at Sears

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Vacuums

Best seller: Kenmore 21614 Bagged Canister Vacuum, $269.99

Snow blowers

Best seller: Craftsman 24" 208cc Dual-Stage Snow Blower, $679.99

Diehard car batteries

Best seller: DieHard Platinum Charger Portable Power 1150, $119.99

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Sears has had a tough year, marked by dozens of stores shutting down, a massive dip in sales and the possible sale of three of its popular appliance brands including Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard.

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Despite the national retail meltdown, there are still some great finds at the American department store. According to Consumer Reports, there are several big-ticket items you shouldn't skip over. Diehard batteries, sold at Sears, Kmart and a few other retailers, scored big in Consumer Reports car battery tests, and Sears' laundry appliances were also a top pick.

Click through the slideshow above for the full list of top recommended items and the best sellers in each category.

Then watch the video below to discover the best things to always (and never) buy in bulk:
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1. Bike helmets

Check out the best helmets on Amazon here 

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2. Car seats

Check out the best car seats on Amazon here 

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3. Mattresses and pillows

Check out the best mattresses on Amazon here 

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4. Bathing suits

Check out the best bathing suits at Nordstrom here

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5. Underwear and bras

Check out the best lingerie at Nordstrom here 

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6. Makeup

Check out the best cosmetics at Nordstrom here

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7. Beauty & hair products

Check out the best hair products at Nordstrom here

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8. Hats

Check out the best hats at Nordstrom here

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9. Running shoes

Check out the best running shoes on Amazon here

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10. Blenders

Check out the best blenders on Amazon here

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11. Laptops & other electronics

Check out the best laptops at Best Buy here

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12. Tires

Check out the best tires on Amazon here

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