Summer is officially over, and fall is here to stay. As the weather starts to turn cold, there are still plenty of red-hot deals you can capitalize on this month. Here are the best things to buy in October if you want to save money.
1. Halloween Stuff
Technically, November is the best time to buy Halloween costumes and supplies since prices will be at their lowest right after the holiday. Fake cobwebs, spiders, skeletons, and tombstones can all make a great haunted house for the month of October right at home! Plus, the deals leading up to Halloween are usually good enough that you can buy before the 31st with no remorse.
Whether you need an outfit, candy, or decorations, most stores offer serious Halloween discounts throughout the month. If you can afford to wait, the deals will usually only get better closer to October 31st as companies look to sell all of their Halloween stock.
October is a great time to find deep discounts on back-to-school supplies, and denim clothes are often lumped into that category. Retailers stock shelves with jeans and jackets in August and are left with plenty of denim in October. While prices were already low for school sales, denim prices drop even lower as fall and winter clothes are brought onto the racks. Shopping for denim this month can help you land major savings and revamp your wardrobe for autumn!
3. Outdoor Furniture
With summer 2022 officially behind us, items like patio furniture, bistro sets, dining sets, and grills aren’t exactly in high demand. As stores look to empty their summer stock and prep for the holiday sales season, you can find big discounts on summer supplies.
Some of the biggest savings this month will be on grills, which are up to 60 percent off in some stores. However, you should have no problem finding recliners, tables, and more for your patio at well-below-average prices.
The last quarter of the year is typically prime time to buy a car. You usually can’t go wrong getting a new ride in October, November, or December, but we think October is the best time to search for a deal. Car dealerships have annual quotas that they really start to evaluate in Q4, meaning they’ll be more aggressive in offering deals and negotiating to lock down a sale. Shopping in October gives you access to these savings, and you’ll have a wider variety of cars to choose from compared to December.
The start of fall typically coincides with many automakers rolling out new models, which helps drive down the costs of older model-year vehicles. However, with the pandemic affecting worldwide shortages in staff and production, fewer new cars are in production, keeping current model prices high (unfortunately, this is still the case). There’s also a global shortage of semiconductor chips, which are crucial for new vehicle manufacturing, so shoppers are also looking into used cards as well. Shopping earlier than later is key if you can’t wait!
5. Apple Products and Accessories
Apple has already rolled out its new iPhone 15 series. Much like with cars, this means that any older models instantly become cheaper. While jumping on the newest gadget is trendy, it’s frugal (and smart) to look at a model or two back to land a major discount, like on the iPhone 13 or 14.
For even greater savings, look into refurbished products, which are like new or previously owned products that have been professionally repaired and certified. It also typically comes with a warranty. These are safer options to purchase than “used,” which aren’t certified. Apple has its own refurbished section, and we also like Best Buy and Gazelle for extra choices.
6. Camping Gear
If you’re outdoorsy, Fall is probably one of your favorite seasons for the cool weather and natural beauty on display. It should also be your favorite for the massive discounts you can find on camping essentials and outdoor supplies.
Dick’s is massively slashing prices on tents, grills, Camelbaks, and sleeping bags. Other outdoor lifestyle retailers like REI and Columbia offer similar savings since the demand for camping supplies usually dies down after summer.
October is not the best month to shop if you’re looking for something big, like a refrigerator or washing machine. The best savings on those kinds of appliances typically come around the holidays, particularly with Black Friday deals in recent years.
In October, small and mid-sized appliances are where you can find the biggest deals. Blenders and mixers are a great purchase this month, for instance, as stores look to clear their stock by winter. Overall, kitchen appliances are typically a good bet for October as well, as retailers look to place new models on shelves.
In general, you can usually find decent deals around Indigenous People’s Day/Columbus Day (which falls on Monday, October 10th this year), but the savings are pretty light compared to other shopping holidays. While shopping around this month, take stock of anything you want to keep an eye on heading into Black Friday.
8. Amazon Prime Deal Days (October 10 & 11)
And, of course, Amazon will be having their major deals next week! Be sure to read our summary on Everything to Know Before Amazon Prime Day and how to prepare for the 2-day sales fest.