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.
*This post is in collaboration with 100 Hot Coupons.*