Temperatures are cooling down, signaling the end of summer. Fall is on its way and before you know it, it’ll be winter and of course, Christmas. Are you prepared? Winter means warm clothes, boots, heaters, leaf blowers, blankets and Christmas decorations. Do you have everything need for the cold weather and holiday ahead? Or are you like many people, who procrastinate and haven’t even thought about Christmas shopping yet? You might still be living in shorts, T-shirts and sandals and don’t even have a jacket.
If you still need winter clothes and holiday decorations, you’ll find them at your local store. However, expect to pay full price. Supply is low and demand is high, so retailers are taking advantage of the fact that you forgot to shop ahead. There’s little chance they’ll be marking down winter essentials before it’s even fall.
But if you love to save money – and who doesn’t? – there are deals to be found online. When you shop online, you can use the Shopping tab on Google to compare prices at a variety of stores so you can find the best price. If you’re in need of a jacket or gift wrap, have no fear. You can still save big. Read on to find out which six things you’ll need this winter and where you can find deals so you don’t have to pay full price.
Save money on your seasonal wardrobe refresh by scoping out deals and coupon discounts on DealsPlus homepage! It's not hard AND you'll save up to 80% off from retailers like TJ Maxx, Nordstrom Rack, Forever 21, J. Crew and much more.
Sweaters, pants, jackets. You weren’t thinking about these things while swimming in the 100-degree heat, but face it. Summer’s coming to an end and in a few short months, you’ll be dealing with cold, ice, wind, rain and maybe even snow. You’ll be trading in tank tops for warm wool sweaters. But where can you find them without paying top dollar? Shop online in the Sale sections of your favorite stores. If you shop in-store, you’ll likely see sandals, shorts and tank tops on sale, but the selection is different online. Shop Target or Walmart for sweaters under $20. Kohl’s is currently having s huge sale where you can save up to 80% on select items – even sweaters and pants. The clearance section of Burlington Coat Factory boasts great deals on jackets and pants. You can save up to 80% on styles for kids, men and women. Many of the jackets are under $30, while many pants are under $10. Even high-end department stores are having sales on winter clothing. Nordstrom is currently offering 40% off select sweaters and up to 50% off select jeans.
With rain, sleet and snow in the weather forecast, it’ll soon be time to toss those flip-flops and don a pair of warm, comfy boots. 6pm.com is your source for everything footwear-related. The online shoe store offers snow and rain boots for kids, men and women in a variety of fun colors and styles. Most of them are on sale, with savings of up to 80% off retail prices. Famous Footwear is another good retailer that has many styles of winter boots on sale from time to time. Women’s winter boots are up to 60% off, with many styles available online only. The store is also having a BOGO sale along with a 15% off promo code, so if you need boots, now’s the time to shop.
"white Vornado heater in bedroom" by Your Best Digs via Flickr
If you’re without central heating or a fireplace, then you may be in the market for a space heater. The prices of heaters vary widely, depending on the size and features. However, if you’re looking for something small and simple, you can get a ceramic heater for as low as $15. Where to buy? Walmart has a variety of heaters online for under $30. Believe it or not, Best Buy also has a large selection of heaters for under $30, with several under $20. No need to splurge. Walk in with a crisp $20 bill and come out with a heater.
Cold winter nights mean you need a warm blanket. Your local Target or Walmart will have blankets for under $35 – no special sale required. If you’re looking for more variety, check out Amazon. The online superstore offers blankets in numerous sizes and styles for under $30. Choose of these options and avoid shelling out a ton of cash.
The best time to buy Christmas decorations and wrapping paper is right after Christmas, but if you missed out, you can still save some dough. You can find some deals on eBay, along with free shipping. You can find many items for under $2 a roll. Some, however, are overpriced at $15-$20 a roll, so shop wisely. On Amazon, you can find The Christmas Store, which features some cool decorations, but they’re not necessarily deals. Your best bet may be to shop in-store, since there aren’t a lot of sales online. Go to your local Walmart or Target to shop cheaply. Better yet, stop in Dollar Tree for $1 deals on just about everything you need.
The colors of autumn are beautiful, but leaves all over the yard? Not so beautiful. Clean up your yard with an affordably priced leaf blower. You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on this essential tool. Shop online at Walmart and you can get a decent one for under $100. Even if your budget is under $50, there are still plenty of choices. Many have been reduced by as much as $15. If you prefer to shop online, you can also find great deals on eBay. There is a large variety at great prices and most even offer free shipping.
New seasons mean wardrobe changes and other items to make sure you live comfortably. It helps to plan ahead so you don’t have to buy these things right when you need them and end up paying full price. But if there’s something you’ve forgotten, it’s good to know that you can still find deals online.