Ready or not, the cold weather season is quickly approaching, and as we all know, this is an extremely expensive time of year. With all of the high costs that we already face during the winter time - the increased gas/electric bill, holiday expenses, and the like - many of us try to penny pinch to save money whenever and wherever we can. Some of the easiest ways to save money is on winter clothing, cold weather gear, and even heating sources!
1. Use your summer clothes to make fall and winter outfits.
Although it seems logical to pack away your spring and summer wardrobe to make room for your bulkier, heavier fall and winter clothes -- don’t! Instead of packing them away this year, embrace them during the winter time! Use them to create new layered, trendy, and warm outfits for the cooler seasons. Ladies, try pairing one of your summer sundresses with a long-sleeved flannel or a sweater over top. Then throw on a pair of leggings or tights, some fashionable boots, and maybe even a scarf as a final touch. And guys, a long-sleeved plaid shirt, a sweater, or even a puffy vest looks great over a graphic tee. Just pair this with a pair of jeans and some sneakers or boots and you’ve just made yourself a trendy winter outfit with some of your summer clothes!
2. Shop for winter clothes and gear out of season.
Everything goes on sale at the end of a season to make room for the upcoming season. Don’t pass up these deals! You can save a boat load of money by shopping at the end of a season and just storing it away until the next time the season comes around. Winter clothes that are on clearance during the spring time will still be winter clothes when the cold weather arrives, just at a fraction of the original cost! This is especially true of winter gear, like jackets, snow pants, hats, gloves, and boots. Believe it or not, you can even find heating sources, like space heaters, small propane heaters, and the like on sale during the off season too!
Nordstrom is known for their end of season and anniversary sales, so don't forget to subscribe to our Nordstrom emails so you get alerts before the sale. You should also pay a visit to Nordstrom Rack. For winter sports gear, visit retailers such as Dick's Sporting Goods, REI, REI Outlet, and Any Mountain for affordable gear and apparel.
3. Don’t always go for the newest and trendiest stuff.
It’s really easy to fall victim to anything and everything that’s new and trending. Whether it’s that designer scarf you’ve had your eye on for weeks, or that Frozen winter coat that your daughter’s been begging for, it can be expensive to try and keep up with the Jones’! Many times, though, these things aren’t any warmer or more insulated than the typical, cheaper products. Now, i’m not saying you should setting for bottom-of-the-line winter gear, but you certainly don’t need the latest and greatest of everything.
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Furthermore, don’t be afraid to do some of your winter shopping at local thrift stores or consignment shops. Also, don’t forget about all of those buy/sell/trade groups on Facebook! Many times, people are just trying to get rid of the old to make room for the new, which means they’re willing to part with their old items for dirt cheap! Be on the lookout and take advantage of these steals! While the items may not be brand new or in mint condition, they are definitely only a fraction of the price! And typically, nobody can even tell the difference except for you and your wallet!