If you’re wondering why I’m writing on how to save money on winter clothes near the end of March, have no fear as there is a method to my madness. If you don’t remember from the beginning of the Frugal Hacksseries, the point in these posts is to show you how we save money around the house.
Frugality can often be misunderstood as being cheap. I would challenge that definition as I know I’m not cheap with everything or every area of my life. More importantly though, frugality is more about making purposeful decisions to make money work for you so you can have the life you want. So much of life goes back to choices and I believe frugal living allows for more freedom in making those choices.
Anywho, back to saving money on winter clothing. I’ve not done any scientific testing, but it’s easy to spend a chunk of money on clothes – especially winter clothes. You have winter boots, jackets, hats and the list can go on. When you have a family of five that can add up quickly. This is especially the case when you have family members who love buying winter clothes because they love that type of year. If you like to shop for winter clothing, then hopefully some of our tips will help you keep some extra cash in your pocket.
Simple Ways to Save Money on Winter Clothes
Shop out of season. See why I mentioned getting to the point? If you didn’t know, we just hit the first day of spring a few days ago and that means one thing – stores are trying to get rid of all their winter clothing at steep discounts. I know you likely won’t be wearing said items now, but why pass up buying something at 75 to 90 percent off if you’ll have need for it in 8-9 months? I bought my current winter jacket which retailed just over $250 brand new a few years ago for $25 – you can’t beat that. Now that I’ve lost 92 pounds over the past year I’ll be looking for another one this week as I can fit a small village in this one. If you’re looking for cheap winter clothes, this is a must rule to follow!
Shop Thrift Stores. This is the same tactic as the retail stores above. It might be something that has been worn already, but who cares?
We’ve found brand new items before that are still in the packaging that cost only a few bucks that were substantially more originally. The best consignment shops frequently sell quality items at a fraction of the cost.
If you don’t like thrift stores, shop the Kohl’s clearance section to get quality clothing at rock bottom prices.
Amazon Warehouse. I’ve shared about Amazon Warehouse before and that’s because you can find some great deals there. We’ve bought a few items from there in the past though it can be a little more hit and miss. Some of the items might be used, but again, who cares…especially when it’s something you might only be wearing a few months out of the year?
Stay away from themes. If you’re buying winter clothes for kids, or any season for that matter, you know how many cartoon-bedecked items there are. Frozen, anyone? Anyway, these kinds of items are going to be more difficult to find on sale. So, stay away from them. If you really do want to buy that Frozen shirt, then check out a store like Target as you can usually find something there a little cheaper.
Buy Sweat Suits at the Dollar Store. We personally haven’t done this, but I know others who have as you can save a bundle on them. If you don’t venture out much during the winter, this is a great little way to save money on winter clothes.
What are some of your tricks to save money on winter clothes, or clothing in general? What’s your best tip for shopping for clothes? What’s the best deal you’ve ever scored on clothes?