The Best Things To Buy In October

Waiting until just the right moment to buy something is one of the best things you can do to save money.

Camping Gear and Outdoor Equipment

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Prices on outdoor products tend to be highest when demand is highest.  With summer becoming a distant memory, now is the time to act if you need new camping supplies.  Being outdoors is less appealing for most now, which means a lot of outdoor gear is going on sale in October.

There will be plenty of discounts on camping gear and outdoor equipment this month, including the following items:

  • Outdoor Apparel – hiking boots, etc.
  • Sleeping Bags
  • Tents
  • Watersport equipment

Example Retailers + Brands:

  • Cabela’s
  • Columbia
  • The North Face

Cars

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As is the case in September, October is also a prime time to buy a new car (even more so).  Selection is still plentiful and prices are low.  The current year is coming to a close, and car dealers are scrambling to get rid of their older models to make way for the new ones.

If you are in the market for a new car, don’t wait too long, as selection will be scarce come November and December.  You should be able to get a great deal this month, along with other incentives (no down payment, etc.).

To get the best deal, check out my money saving tips here!

Halloween Costumes / Decor

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The best time time to find deals on Halloween items is on Halloween and the day after the holiday (November 1st), but the left over selection usually isn’t all that great.

Therefore, the best time to buy candy, costumes and decorations is the week before Halloween.  In the week leading up to Halloween, you’ll find many last minute deals and discounts (ranging from 20-50% off) on costumes and more.  There should be a decent selection to choose from still.

Jeans

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Historically, October has been one of the best times of the year to buy jeans.  Back to school deals have ended and retailers typically have a large surplus of jeans they are looking to unload.  As the weather is getting colder, too, now is a great time to stock up on denim for the year.

Be sure to look out for jean clearance and sales (including Buy One, Get One and 50% off deals) from retailers such as Macy’s and Target and on brands like Levis, Lee Jeans, Mossimo, and more.  Why not treat yourself to a new pair of jeans this month? 🙂

Outdoor Accessories (Patio Furniture, Gardening, etc.)

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Look for mark downs and discounts on the following lawn and garden items as retailers are looking to clear them out:

  • Bulbs
  • Fertilizers
  • Gardening tools
  • Gloves
  • Lawn mowers
  • Leaf blowers
  • Mulch
  • Perennials
  • Planters
  • Weed eaters

For example ⇒ Lowe’s is currently offering 50%-90% Off Live Plants

⇒ Air Conditioners

Sales on air conditioning units are typically the best during the colder winter months while demand is low and people are thinking about buying heaters instead.   Retailers need the floor space for the upcoming holiday shopping season and will be looking to get rid of their air conditioners for the year by deeply discounting them.

⇒ Patio Furniture

The same idea as above applies to patio furniture as well.  Stores will be looking to clear out this year’s patio furniture to make room for more seasonally appropriate merchandise.

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Wedding Stuff

Since the summer months are a popular time for weddings (aka ‘wedding season’), you can take advantage of many markdowns by buying wedding supplies in October.  Such supplies include decorations, invitations, wedding dresses, favors, cake toppers, and more.  Whether you’re planning your own wedding or helping a friend out, you can save big by purchasing wedding supplies this month.

Also, scheduling a wedding in off-peak times (low demand seasons) can save you money.  When there’s less competition for dates, you can have more negotiating power for a better rate.  Thus, now might be a good time to hire a caterer or to find a venue!

Money Saving Weddings: A Magical Wedding On A Budget

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