Ready for Spring, But Thinking About Next Winter

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Winter is almost over. Spring is finally within site. But you should be stocking up on coats and other winter gear. See why here.

In November, the cold started creeping into Pittsburgh at levels that were no longer acceptable for just hoodies.  Perhaps because I despise all things cold except skiing, I avoided purchasing a winter coat for one of my kiddos as long as I could.  (The only one that still needed one.)  It was too depressing to tackle.  I was in a deep state of denial.  The season that makes me itch to move back down south was starting to push its way back into our lives.

But it was November.  And the forecast started looking grimmer and grimmer.  So I headed to my local resale store.  I found a London Fog winter coat (barely used) for $15.  I debated getting a Timberland one for $25 as it was brand new and still had the tags on.  But the extra $10 was totally going to be an ego buy.  So I went with London Fog.

Resale has me spoiled.

But I was so, so dumb.  I did what I knew I shouldn’t do.  I waited until November to buy a winter coat when the prices were crazy high.  If I had bought at a time when demand was low, I could have gotten that London Fog coat or an equivalent for much, much less.

Guess what, friends?  That time is now.  Spring is hopefully on its way, and everyone already has a winter coat for this season.  So the ones that are left over are seriously marked down.

And this concept doesn’t only apply to buying resale.  If you feel the need to buy brand new, you can score some serious deals just as easily this time of year.  And not just on bargain store brands, but on pretty fancy brand names, too.  Everyone’s slashing their prices.  They have inventory they have to move.

For example, right now Nautica has a coupon code for 40% off their already marked down sale items.  While they’re not huge into the winter coat market, they do have lots of other winter apparel at a serious price cut.  I could get a zip up sweater for one of my kiddos for $22.19.  It was originally $44.50.  That’s over 50% off. A $129 hooded jacket for the husband for a mere $60.  Well over 50% off.  And quality yoga pants that won’t get holes in them from constant wear nearly as quickly for $48, when they originally retailed at $99.50.

While these prices may seem still a little high for the frugal minded, you have to remember the quality that you’re getting:  this is Nautica.  And when you combine all the sales, it’s generally over 50% off.

So while I’m dreaming of chirping birds and warm, gentle breezes, I’m prepping for the next Polar Vortex of 2016.  Brand name new or resale, now is a pretty darn good time to buy.

 

 

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Ready for Spring, But Thinking About Next Winter

    1. femmefrugality

      I’d tweak that to say when they’re not in demand. I can predict pretty readily that my kids will need sweaters and coats next year as they grow out quickly. My husband’s coat has been fixed up for the last time. And all my yoga pants are holey. I may not need those things immediately, but planning ahead allows me to save money over buying last minute when demand is high and everyone else is shopping for the same thing.

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  1. Mrs. Frugalwoods

    Shopping off season is a great tactic and, I find I have a better sense of what I actually need after the winter is over–not if I try to predict it in the summer/fall. Somehow I always forget just how cold it gets… :). I think we’ll eventually have spring here; our snow has to melt someday, right?

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    1. femmefrugality

      Good point! And I hope so! I think our seasons are shifting around here. It’s been warmer through the end of the year and colder longer into spring. For several years now. That’s how I got away with the no coat till November thing. :p

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  2. bnwilliams500

    You are making such a good point. I used to work retail, and winter items would go on sale just after Christmas and just before any signs of spring are even appearing. What’s sad is that the winter sale items are still more practical buys than the spring items…no matter how badly we want them to be reasonable in March 🙂

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I guess it depends on the age of the kids. Mine are still in the stage where I can pretty safely predict that the next year they’ll be the next “T” size up.

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  3. vickie morgan

    My coats last at least a couple of years -sometimes three but then I get shopping. Sometimes we are lucky and find some at garage sales. We too like the good quality ones in the bitter cold winters we have been having in Michigan.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I can only imagine! Yeah, our adult ones last at least a couple years, too. It’s those dang kids who keep growing!

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  4. Prudence Debtfree

    I have a really hard time buying out of season. Since we’re paying our way out of debt, I think, “I should put this money against our loans.” It’s not a logical thought process I know – just a quirky psychological block for me. I think that once we’re out of debt, I’ll be more inclined to make proactive expenditures out of season. (But maybe the point is that I should not wait to be debt-free before taking on this strategy. Hmmm…)

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      I hear you. I’m the same way with debt repayment. It can be anti productive in the long-term, though. If you get what you need off season, it save you that money long-term, but you have to be dedicated enough to calculate the savings and apply the difference to your balance.

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  5. Chonce

    Spring is right around the corner and I couldn’t be happier. It was a longggg winter as usual but it was 40 degrees today in IL and we’re supposed to have a few days in the 50s next week so things are really looking up. And buying at the end or before season really save a ton!

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      Things ironically felt a lot better here in the Burgh today when this went live, too! Crossing my fingers, but not counting my chickens!

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  6. Messy Money

    Love buying at end of season! Right now on the hunt for new hockey bags – hoping to get them at least 50% off.
    and GLOVES. Lots of gloves. The kids lose at least one pair each a season and they are something they don’t really grow out of so I can stock up.

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    1. femmefrugality Post author

      That’s one I wouldn’t have thought of as we don’t have any into that yet, but it’s genius!!!

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  7. Tennille

    I always buy my boys clothing a season (or two) a head. Your right, the prices are deeply discounted and it is the perfect time to buy! Thanks for the reminder that I need to stop ignoring those emails from Children’s Place and get into the store to buy for next year!

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  8. Kayla @ Everything Finance

    Great point Femme! I usually get a cardigan or two in the spring (when they are on major sale as retailers make room for summer stock) so I can have them for the next fall and winter. This year I probably won’t as I don’t need to replace any of mine, but if I did this would be the time to do it.

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