The Best Things to Buy in October

No need to wait until Black Friday to make these purchases. In fact, don't wait on them.

November remains the best time of year to buy many things, thanks to Black Friday deals. So — if you can — hold off on these things until then:

Appliances

Whether you need a new refrigerator or have your eye on a Dyson vacuum, November is the month you’ll want to shop discounted home appliances. No other month comes close to offering the quantity or quality of deals we see in the run-up to Black Friday. In fact, 34 percent of the deals listed last November were marked Editors’ Choice, compared with the annual average of 15 percent — and that was for the second year running.

Expect to see the best appliance sales of the year from The Home Depot and Lowe’s, as the stores slash prices on washers, dryers, freezers and more. You can also expect Editors’ Choice-worthy lows from Hoover and Dyson, since the bulk of the best appliance deals from last Black Friday were on a selection of high-tech vacuums.

iPhone 8

If you’re planning on shelling out big bucks for the new iPhone 8, know that we won’t see any significant savings on the model until November. Last year, we saw the first discount on an unlocked iPhone 7 just a few days before Black Friday, as reputable eBay sellers began to undercut Apple’s price by around $40. For those who don’t mind gift card bundles, major stores like Target and Best Buy will likely offer the phone with up to $250 in gift cards.

If you don’t mind signing up for a new contract, you can likely get top trade-in deals on Black Friday, too. Last year, T-Mobile offered the iPhone 7 for free when you traded in previous-generation iPhones and Androids. In fact, the carrier has already announced it will offer up to $300 in trade-in value for the iPhone 8 and iPhone X, so we’re expecting even better offers in November.

Sadly, due to the Nov. 3 release of the pricier iPhone X, it’s unlikely that we’ll see major price drops on that handset until early 2018.

Laptops

Black Friday week is always the best time of the year to buy a laptop. Last year, 23 percent of the laptops we listed in November were Editors’ Choice deals. Budget-conscious shoppers can expect no-nonsense 11-inch builds to fall to $100 at Dell, while Lenovo low-cost touchscreen models could drop to $270. Gamers on the hunt for a heftier machine should find quality builds with dedicated graphics cards and ample SSD storage for around $500.

TVs

If you can resist shopping for nothing else until Black Friday, definitely hold off on a new TV purchase until the last week of November. Most, if not all, screen sizes fall to their best prices of the year around Black Friday, and last year nearly half of all TV deals we listed were Editors’ Choice price lows (48 percent of them, to be precise). Expect basic 32-inch models to fall to just $65 around Black Friday, while 40-inch 4K units should start at $200.

Most screen sizes fall to their best prices of the year around Black Friday, and last year nearly half of all TV deals we listed were Editors’ Choice price lows.

All things tech

November is always going to be the best time of year to buy most general electronics — from headphones to speakers to smartwatches. You can expect Amazon-branded electronics, like the Echo and Dot speakers, to compete with Prime Day prices as they fall to $90 and $40, respectively. Meanwhile, Canon will host one of its best sales of the year on cameras and lenses.

In-season apparel

Buying in-season apparel is generally against our ethos, as that’s when prices are at their highest. But Black Friday is an exception. Most department and designer stores hosted their best sales of the year last November. For instance, Nordstrom Rack took an extra 30 percent off sitewide, a discount that is yet to be beat as its best ever. Nike, Patagonia and Gap all had Editors’ Choice prices sitewide, which meant that we nabbed in-season cold-weather apparel at clearance prices.

Keep in mind that there is an exception: winter coats. We may see slightly more deals on jackets and coats on and around Black Friday, but the quality of deals increases significantly come December. Last year, 24 percent of all winter coats earned an Editors’ Choice nod in the run-up to the holidays.

Gift cards

Whether you use gift cards to cut down on costs at big stores, or are stocking up for holiday gifts, know that Black Friday will bring with it the best gift card offers of 2017. Not only did we see the best iTunes and Domino’s gift card offers of the year last November, but we also listed a selection of freebies from Amazon. The site was doling out $5 and $10 gift cards to those who made an order via its Alexa virtual assistant.

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