A new winter coat

I’ve been wanting to get a new coat for quite some time, since I have been wearing the same winter jacket since I was 18! That’s 7 years of wear out of one coat. I have had some other coats in the mean time too… but they were like bad boyfriends, pretty lame.

Years ago, after a year or two with my trusted winter jacket I thought it was time for a new one and I invested in a cheaper 3-1 jacket, the inner layer being fleece. I know myself well and I should have known that I would never wear it. I know it’s a great fabric for keeping you dry and warm but I just can’t stand it on my skin. Since that didn’t work out I was disillusioned enough to keep looking rather than just sticking with my old winter jacket.

There was the beautiful red down filled disaster that didn’t come out of the wash with terrible fabric that ran like panty hose and soon after one long wool dress coat that stank from day 1 and had to eventually be disposed of. After that I smartened up and stuck with the old jacket another three years. Then last year I found what I’ve been looking for for quite some time; a beautiful Guess pea coat with hood that I picked up at Winners for $125.00. It’s a great coat for fall weather and nice occasions but not a coat that will withstand snow shovelling in Canadian winters. I do expect it to last another several years so that takes care of the looking-good side of things. But then there is the practical side. Living on the East Coast of Canada means cold wind and snow, regular snow shovelling and of course also some fun stuff like sledding and skiing.

So, since my old jacket is really beginning to look ratty and I no longer want to wear it out in public I’ve been looking for a new coat.Yup, again! This time I hope to make a purchase like my old coat; a good quality coat that will last for years to come. I had already started looking for a new coat this spring in the sales, but because life is hectic and my budget was tight, especially after the wisdom teeth disaster, I never got around to actually buying a new coat. I’d been mentioning to my boyfriend that I would love a new coat so one day we walked into a store, he walked straight towards a rack, pulled out a jacket and said. “Try this one, this is a nice, good coat.”

My new coat! (That's not me!)

A $260.00 Helly Hansen. Yea, wow. $260.00? I’ve never spent that much on a coat before! Since I am trying to make better financial decisions I didn’t buy the coat even though I loved it, I went home and for the past two weeks have been mulling it over. I’ve looked up every other brand of winter sports coats that I can think of and I keep going back to the first winter coat I laid eyes on this season. Funny how that works!

In the meantime I have come to terms with the fact that I will be spending a good chunk of money on my new coat and you know what… it’s okay! My old coat wasn’t cheap either and that baby lasted me seven winters. The Helly that I will be buying is a good quality jacket in a dark colour, it should last me several years which makes up for the cost. It is warm with great features to keep the snow out, detachable hood, well fitted, water proof yet breathable and adjustable cuffs… did I mention it fits me PERFECT?

$260.00 Full-price.


I guess it will be worth it when you look a my previous disasters. I checked out the store again today though (couldn’t help myself) and put the coat on hold until tomorrow when I can head out to buy it, turns out that in the two weeks I’ve been ‘thinking about it’ the price dropped for a sale they are holding this weekend. The coat is now $191.03 including tax and I will receive a $10.00 gift card when I buy it! How’s that saying go… ? Good things come to those who wait. Waiting and making a better informed decision just saved me $75 bucks!

I really believe that quality is more important than price, I rarely shop at thrift shops because thrift shops aren’t that good around here and I can often get things new for similar prices by just waiting out the sales. When it comes to certain things though I do splurge, good shoes for example are important to me, I do not invest in $30 sneakers from Wal-mart and instead drop $100+ for a pair of Merrell’s. So far this is working out well for me long term, while I may spend a pretty penny starting out my experience has been that for some things it really is worth it! I’ve just realized that perhaps for me, winter jackets are also worth the splurge. Are there any things that you splurge on like this?
Do you agree or do you think I’m crazy? Love to hear from you below! =)

Published by Renée

I write about my life, travel and my financial up and downs on my blog, Nickel By Nickel, while contradicting myself daily. ;)

One thought on “A new winter coat

  1. I totally agree. I guess I’d consider every clothing purchase I make to be a “splurge” when it’s compared with something like Walmart. I mean, I am 100% okay with spending more for quality clothing, shoes, and outerwear because the long-term cost is less than the cheap stuff. The winter coat my parents bought for Christmas was $230 regular price, but they got it for $170. It’s totally worth it since I’ll wear it every day of the winter for many, many years.


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