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5 tips on bargain hunting for winter clothes

October 15, 2014

When you, your spouse and your kids all need new winter clothing, shopping can quickly become a nightmare. The total can rack up quickly, even when you're at a discount store. If you want to get new gear for your family but are shopping on a budget, use these five tips to save as much money as possible.

1. Check clearance first
Whether you're in a department store or bargain outlet, your first stop should be the clearance section. Reader's Digest magazine explained that even discount stores now stock full-priced merchandise at the front of the store. Skip those tempting items and check out the products that are marked down. Chances are that your family will find things they like on sale, and you won't have to wrestle a pricey jacket away from your kids.

2. Wait 6 weeks
If you do find a full-price item that you simply can't live without, wait until it goes on sale. USA Today explained that stores generally mark down merchandise after six weeks. If you can hold off buying the item until then, you'll likely save a significant amount. However, you always run the risk that the product will sell out before you return, especially if you wear a common size.

3. Keep an eye out for yard sales
When bargain hunting, don't just limit yourself to big-name stores. You'll be amazed at what you can score at yard or garage sales! If you run errands on Saturday mornings, you'll likely pass a number of homes that are cleaning house before the weather gets chilly. A lot of the time there will be coats, scarves and boots that kids or family members have outgrown. These are probably some of the best deals you'll find, so snatch them up while you can. Don't forget to haggle, either! Most people running a yard sale just want to move merchandise, so they'll accept offers lower than the tag price.

4. Abandon your online cart
Did you know that when you abandon an online shopping cart, the company is more likely to send you coupons? Add the item you want to your virtual cart, then close your browser. Within a few days, most retailers will send you a coupon for money off or free shipping to encourage the sale. It won't work all the time, but it's definitely worth a shot.

5. Make the most of apps
Finally, use deal-finding smartphone apps to get the biggest savings. USA Today recommended PoachIt, which will help you find coupons when shopping online, or Shop It To Me Salemail, which sends alerts when your favorite brands go on sale.

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