October is like a warm-up month for the biggest shopping season of the year. The reality is you don’t have to wait till Black Friday to find great deals. October’s best buys give you a chance to spread out your holiday shopping whether you’re stocking up on toys for the kids or wine for the table.
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Coupons.com Savings Expert Jeanette Pavini shared her list of the best things to buy in October on the Today Show! Watch the segment below and find out how well you can pick out the best deals for October:
October is a big month for toy clearance because it’s time to make room for the holiday hot list toys. There are still some great finds even if they don’t make the top 10 list. By now, stores have rolled out their layaway programs, so sign up this month if you if you plan to utilize it.
2. Kids’ clothes
While back-to-school shopping is usually over by mid-September, the savings actually get better on whatever is left over. Stores need to clear out inventory before they stock up on winter fashions, so check the clearance section for great deals, especially on denim.
3. Fall produce
Planning meals around seasonal produce is a simple way to save on food costs. Take advantage of all the delicious fruits and vegetables that flourish in fall, like pumpkins, figs, apples, pears, citrus fruits, sweet potatoes, mushrooms, beets, cranberries, grapes, and members of the cabbage family like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower.
Fall is harvest season for many nuts including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, making now the time to stock up on fresh, in season nuts. And if you really want to “go nuts,” celebrate National Nut Day on October 22.
5. Shrubs & trees
Nurseries are clearing out their good weather gardening stock, but not all garden purchases will survive a cold winter. That’s why sturdy shrubs and trees are a wise purchase to make while the sales are good and the weather is mediocre.
Your curb appeal doesn’t have to suffer during the winter months. Get your yard ready for fall and discover some fun landscaping and outdoor decorating tips!
6. Halloween costumes
If you wait ’til the very last minute, you’ll find some heavily discounted (yet picked-over) Halloween costumes, but we don’t recommend procrastination. Instead, shop consignment and resale stores. Many of them save a stash of costumes for this month and you can often get 50-85% off the original retail price. Plus, a Halloween costume is something that’s usually worn only once, so you can find “just like new” costumes at bargain prices. Of course, shopping at Goodwill or the Salvation Army is a perfect way to find supplies for inexpensive DIY Halloween costumes. Start early for the best selection.
October is all about pizza. Not only is it National Pizza Month, but Halloween is one of the busiest days of the year for pizza delivery. Look for promotions to celebrate from your favorite pizza parlors, like Pizza Hut, California Pizza Kitchen, Dominos, and Little Caesars.
8. Flu shot
If you plan on getting a flu shot, now’s the time because flu outbreaks could hit at any moment. A flu shot can even save you money. Drugstores and grocers are offering discounts like a 20% off shopping pass or $10 off $30+ when you get your flu shot with them.
9. Pink products
It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means pink products are everywhere and your pink dollars could do a little good. Also, check for free and reduced rate mammogram and breast exam events.
It’s harvest season for wineries in the Northern Hemisphere. That means everything needs to rotate, including the older vintages currently sitting on store shelves. Look for wine sales and save even more when you take advantage of stores offering an additional 10% discount when you buy a 6-pack.
Thanks to Pinterest, DIY costumes are all the rage and that means a lot of foot traffic at fabric stores this month. Look for sales and coupons to save on all of your fabric and crafting needs.
12. Holiday airfare
If you haven’t bought your holiday airfare yet, what are you waiting for? By the end of October, prices will likely go up. If you’ve been waiting for a deal, it’s probably not going to happen. The holidays are simply an expensive time to travel.