It’s after Labor Day, your kids are back in school, and you’ve already tackled all the back-to-shopping to prepare them for the year. However, it’s also already officially fall, which means you’re going to need to switch out your summer wardrobe to clothes that keep you more warm. Bay Area residents often experience damp, rainy weather in the fall and winter, so stocking up on warm clothes, bedding, and winter outerwear is absolutely important.
However, there are plenty of ways to stock up on fall and winter clothes without breaking the bank. Here are a few good tips:
- Keep an eye and sales and time your shopping trips. Depending on the time of year, you may experience sales at retail outlets and most of the time, unless you have a dire need, waiting until certain items go on sale can save you good money. For instance, winter coats generally go on sale after Christmas, so if you know you’ll need a coat by the end of the year, consider whether you can afford to wait. Also, you can often find discounted winter clothes from last season in September.
- Take an inventory of your closet before you start shopping. Before you start making a list of the fall and winter clothing items you’ll need, go into your closet and take an inventory of what you already have and what’s in good shape. You may find that you’re well stocked up on sweaters and outerwear in good conditions, thus negating a need to go shopping and spending money you don’t need.
- Watch for holiday sales. Fall is an incredible season when it comes to holiday-related sales. Indigenous Peoples’ Day / Columbus Day in October tends to have good deals across the board, as does Veteran’s Day in November. And as always, Black Thursday/Friday after Thanksgiving has some of the best sales around – that is, if you’re willing to brave the post-food coma crowds.
- Check out overstock items and thrift stores. Stores like Marshalls and TJ Maxx are popular, reliable retail outlets that offer less expensive choices for clothing – and you can get plenty of quality, well-known brands at a discount. If you’re looking for the basics, these stores are an excellent and cost-saving way to start.