As the perils of the winter Jon Snow warned us about begin to fade in late January, deals on winter clothing start to emerge from the retail mists like hordes of ice zombies. Or, for those not well-versed in the lore of Game of Thrones: The best time to buy winter apparel is in January and February, notes Investopedia, because that’s when stores begin trying to move cold weather inventory in earnest to make room for warmer weather wear.
That means if you think you’ll need new winter gear come December 2023, now is the time to shop for it, when retailers are offering deals on all the surplus items that already made it through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Christmas, and New Year sales. While that means you might have to do a digging to find a style you like in your size, you can rest assured you’ll be getting a good deal on it—but your options will get slimmer as spring gets closer. Here are the best retailer deals to shop right now.
As of mid-January, Macy’s has deepened discounts on their winter apparel. You can find fleece jackets, sweaters, winter coats, boots, and other winter items at savings of up to 80%. Keep an eye on the items labeled “Last Act” clearance (which you can filter for under “offers”), like this plaid toggle coat that’s 65% off. These sales should become more common as Macy’s gets more desperate to clear their inventory by spring. Keep in mind that these final sale items cannot be returned, so make sure the size is correct.
Dick’s Sporting Goods
Dick’s Sporting Good’s winter sale has already started, and you can expect it to run until they clear their inventory to make room for spring apparel. Right now you’ll find deals like this Patagonia Jacket for 40% off, but you’ll do better the closer we get to warm weather. Keep in mind that shopping in the physical store will give you better deals than online, so check out the clearance racks if you have a location nearby. Another perk: Dick’s will always price match items if there’s a lower price at another major retailer.
REI winter sales will bring you discounts from brands like Columbia, Patagonia, and The North Face. At this time of year, you’ll find puff jackets, tents, sleeping bags, hiking boots, and other equipment discounted anywhere from 30% to 60%—check out this sleeping bag for 40% off. Sort by “percentage” to see the biggest discounts up top first. Keep watching the website between now and March to snag a good deal; the best ones tend to sell out quickly.
JCPenney’s winter deals are extensive, and usually continue through April, by which point you can expect items to be sold at their highest discounts—often between 70% to 80% off or more. Make sure to do some research online before committing to an item, as not all deals are as good as advertised. Take this Levi’s $80 parka, which is priced at 60% off its “$200" listed value; the same jacket has been consistently available for around $90 on Amazon, according to Camelcamelcamel.
The best way to shop the sales at Nodstrom is to go to a brick and mortar store during one of their “Clear The Rack” events, which usually happens bimonthly. Hit up one of these flash sales between January and March and you can expect to find highly discounted winter apparel at a savings of up to 75%. That said, a bunch of their winter styles are currently discounted on their website as well; you can filter by discounts of 60% or more to find their best deals.
Kohl’s is basically never not having a sale, so its worth it to check out their current promotions every week (The Krazy Coupon Lady can give you some tips on timing). Gap and Gap Factory also have begun their winter clearance sales this month. And if you’re near a T.J. Maxx, call them and ask them when they’re having their “Winter Clearance Event,” when you’ll score the biggest deals of the season—though it’s best to go on a Monday, when you’ll find the largest stock of newly discounted items.
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