Did you ever observe that when a season is over, clothes for that season will be on sale? I remember some of my friends who shopped for winter clothes during summer time. And that saved them several hundreds of dollars. So the best time to shop for jackets, scarves, gloves, and other winter clothes will be during the summer of the spring break.
A friend shared to me one time that she was able to grab a columbia jackets on sale at their nearest Walmart and she also drag a couple of her girlfriends and they buy one for themselves each. It ended up that the three of them have similar jackets and they took a picture of the three of them together with the new jacket on. It looks nice on them! I wish I am in a country where I can use jacket during the cold season.