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7 Places to Find Affordable Winter Gear

When chillier weather sets in, don’t be caught out in the cold with coats and boots that aren’t up to the task. Staying warm and toasty often seems to come at a high price, but fortunately, there are plenty of ways to score great deals on winter outerwear and accessories, including coats, boots, hats, gloves and more. Check out these places to discover discount snow gear for the whole family.

Secondhand Stores

Charity thrift stores often get picked over quickly when winter comes, and the quality there can be lacking. But secondhand stores like Plato’s Closet and Crossroads Trading typically have a good selection of winter gear that you can collect by visiting regularly. Stop in often to discover hats, gloves, snow boots and winter coats at significantly discounted prices. This is an especially great option for those who are looking for warm gear that’s still trendy and fashionable.


Boots and coats are both items that pop up frequently on eBay, but many shoppers don’t think to look at this online site when it comes to bundling up for winter. When it comes to coats, you’ll find a great selection and, because sizing is usually very simple and straightforward, it shouldn’t be hard to get a good fit. For boots, you may want to limit your search to brands you’re already familiar with; you wouldn’t want to shell out the cash for boots that end up being too large or too small.

When you shop on eBay for winter gear, be sure to do your research. Look at the seller’s ratings and reviews to make sure you’re buying from a reputable source.


If you need some serious winter gear, check outdoor apparel sites like Backcountry. This is one of the best places to find great deals from top brands like Columbia, Helly Hansen, Carhartt, Patagonia and more. For those who love outdoor sports and activities that take place in the winter, this is a great place to find items that will truly keep you warm. Whether you’re snowboarding, skiing, snowmobiling or hunting, you’ll appreciate the high quality and low prices on this site.

Backcountry also has another site for flash deals called Steep & Cheap which has even bigger discounts on select items. Be sure to keep your eyes on both sites in the months leading up to winter since sizes and colors may be limited.

REI Garage

REI is one of the top sources for high-quality snow gear, but the regular prices are enough to put most frugal families off. However, REI Garage (the store’s online outlet) has plenty of great discounts on high-quality items. You’ll find a great selection of kids’ gear along with items for men and women as well. There’s a 50% off section that hosts some of the biggest discounts, so be sure to check that out.

Black Friday Sales

Many people start thinking about winter coats in October or November, so the timing for Black Friday sales really couldn’t be any better. While only select items will go on sale, it’s worth checking all the ads to see if there’s a great deal on the boots, coats, hats or gloves that you need.

While Black Friday is still the biggest day for shopping, don’t forget that these sales sometimes stretch over the entire Thanksgiving weekend. Some stores start their sales on Thursday or even Wednesday, and now many online retailers offer separate deals for Cyber Monday as well. That being said, start looking for deals early in the week (like on Monday or Tuesday) to see what nearby stores will have available. If you don’t find anything, wait until Monday and search for an online deal instead.

Christmas Lists

Do you have friends or family asking what you’d like for Christmas? If so, don’t hesitate to let them know that what you really need is some winter gear. If the item you have in mind is a little too expensive for a relative or friend to purchase for you, ask for a gift card to the store where you’d like to buy your outerwear or winter accessories from.

Spring Sales

If it’s possible to get through one more winter with your current gear, it’s certainly worth trying to do so. You’ll find the very best deals on high-quality winter coats, boots and other cold weather gear by shopping at the very end of the season. As soon as winter starts transitioning to spring, hit the stores to find great sales on all the items you’ve had your eye on over the winter. Many stores offer huge discounts in an effort to get rid of items that won’t be sold again for the next winter season.

Shopping for snow gear can add up fast, especially if it seems like everyone in the family needs something new this year. But with these tips, you can hopefully save money on winter coats and other snow gear for the whole family.

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