Winter is coming

From the way people around here are talking we might see snow as early as September and I'm still on summer tires. This is my DD and I am debating if I should buy winter tires or a winter beater. My main concern is I think my main bearings might be going and I can't afford to replace and/or rebuild the motor until I get my tax return. Car still puts down good power and has been making this noise for a couple months and for all I know it could be typical BP lifter tick.

What say you oppo, Winter tires or Winter beater?

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