Getting ready for the cold winter months requires many people to make a trip to a local department store, hit the mall or visit their favorite shops around town. However, winter shopping can be expensive in order to prepare especially if you live in a very cold area. To save money, use these seven tips before you head to the stores this winter:
- Look for items that are on clearance.
Even during the winter months you can find items that are on clearance for one reason or another and in most cases you’ll pay 50 percent less than you otherwise would.
- Look for coupons online or in the newspaper before going to a store.
Department stores and big box stores commonly have these coupons. If you can’t find any before going, always ask at the register if there are coupons available.
- Shop at consignment and thrift stores.
Just because the items in these stores are used doesn’t mean they’re not in great shape. Many times, you won’t even notice that an item has been worn before. You may also be able to buy higher quality items for less money which will last you several winters.
- Sign up for store cards in order to get discounts.
If you shop at stores on a regular basis and pay your bill each month, you could get discounts of 20 percent or more on top of sale and clearance prices.
- Buy your winter clothes in the summer or spring.
Offseason shopping is the simplest way to save money. Your best bet for finding rock-bottom prices is to buy right after winter ends when stores are starting to put out summer apparel.
- Look online at daily deals sites to see which stores are having sales. Shopping the sales is the best way to get the most bang for your buck. You just need to put in a little effort to find the best sales!
- Shop Online.
Many online stores sell merchandise for less than it would sell for in-store because of reduced operating and advertising costs.