This post comes from Louis Ramirez of partner site DealNews.com.
October can be a precarious month for shoppers. Although it’s packed with respectable sales, thanks to Columbus Day and Halloween, it’s also the month when we first see Black Friday ads and leaks. As a result, some shoppers may feel the need to abstain from making any purchases this month.
But we’re here to tell you that October is actually a great month for some purchases, as long as you’re making the right ones. Below, we’ve created a list of nine items you should buy this month, alongside a list of nine items that will be cheaper in November. That way you know you’re getting the most out of your buck.
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9 deals to grab in October
If you’re putting off these purchases because you think that you’ll score a better deal next month, then think again! These items are at their hottest this month.
October is traditionally one of the best months to purchase a new car. By now, hundreds of 2016 models have entered the market and dealerships are more eager than ever to clear 2015’s inventory. That means consumers have the upper hand when it comes time to negotiate. According to MarketWatch, the longer you wait to buy a car, the greater the bargain you’ll find. However, don’t wait too long; by November and December, selection can become an issue. So head to the dealership now that the time is ripe and remember that you have the upper hand.
Make no mistake, the best time to buy a Halloween costume is on the day after Halloween, when retailers discount all of their unsold costumes by as much as 75 percent with stackable coupons and free shipping. However, most people don’t buy their costumes that far in advance, so the second-best time to purchase a Halloween costume is during the week before Halloween. That week you’ll find sales that range from 20 percent to 70 percent off from retailers like Costume Express, Pottery Barn Kids, ThinkGeek and BuyCostumes.
Gamers should also take note that for the past few years Steam has been holding its own Halloween sale, taking up to 90 percent off a selection of horror- and zombie-based video games like “The Walking Dead” and “Plants vs. Zombies,” with prices starting as low as 19 cents.
3. European vacations
According to travel expert Rick Steves, October can be an excellent time to book a European vacation, because October is the start of Europe’s off-season. That means travelers will “find more budget rooms, spend less time in lines, and meet more Europeans than tourists.” Combined with a strong dollar, that means travelers can expect to have an overall better vacation experience while saving money on the side.
4. Patio furniture
New patio furniture is probably the last thing on your shopping list this month, but the truth is October can be a great time for patio furniture deals. Retailers are desperately clearing out their inventory and furniture that didn’t sell in September. Last year, for instance, Sears took 70 percent off its patio furniture in September and added a stackable dollar-off coupon during the month of October. By comparison, patio furniture deals in November were significantly harder to come by, and discounts generally topped off at 40 percent.
5. 55-inch 1080p LCD HDTVs
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Black Friday is the best time of the year to purchase a new HDTV. However, last Black Friday we noticed that 55-inch sets didn’t drop much in price, and that’s because this category size has hit a price plateau, meaning retailers have discounted them as much as they’re willing to.
You can currently find deals on 55-inch HDTVs for about $400, which is the same price we’re predicting for Black Friday. So if you’re in the market for a TV in this size range, you might as well purchase it this month, as it won’t drop significantly next month. Moreover, by making your purchase this month, you can shop at your leisure and avoid the stress of shopping during the holidays.
Back-to-school sales have come and gone, but certain back-to-school items — such as denim — are still on sale this month with deals that won’t get any better next month. For instance, Lucky, Nautica and Levi’s have all slashed their jeans with discounts that range from 40 percent to 60 percent off. Come November, these discounts won’t be as strong, or if they are, they’ll have certain purchase or shipping requirements. So your best bet is to shop now and enjoy the same discounts without the purchase requirements.
October is National Pizza Month, which means you can expect to find numerous deals this month from the likes of Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, California Pizza Kitchen and Domino’s, to name a few. Last year Pizza Hut offered its best BOGO offer of the year, whereas Papa John’s offered its best percent off discount, taking 50 percent off a regular or large pizza.
8. Camping gear
Although you won’t find sales on winter sports gear, October is still a great month for deals on end-of-season gear like water sports and hiking equipment. Check stores like REI and Sierra Trading Post for sales that knock from 40 percent to 60 percent off select merchandise. While it’s likely you’ll see similar sales in November, the sales are more frequent in October and come with no minimum purchase requirements.
9. Select produce
According to Oprah.com, October is the best time of the year to purchase certain kinds of produce because they’re at their peak season and lowest price of the year. Some of the produce you should purchase this month include pumpkins, cranberries, grapes, oranges, sweet potatoes and yams.