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October Is The Best Time to Buy These 12 Things

Even though, according to the calendar, fall arrived last month, my personal calendar says today’s the day—Autumn has arrived! Oh, how I love this time of year!

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Cooler weather, sweaters, scarves, pumpkin pie, and beautiful fall colors make this, for me, the very best time of year. And there’s more—bargains galore as we head into the best time of the year!

Here’s a quick rundown of bargains we’re sure to find during October:

Halloween costumes, decor, party gear

Traditionally, stores go all-out stock up for Halloween. And as the month goes, they anticipate how much they’ll have left to deal with if they stick to retail pricing. And that means super sales later in the month.

If you hold can up on buying costumes, decor, and party supplies until the 3rd week or even closer to the 31st, you’ll be rewarded well with super clearance prices!


Many retailers typically have an overstock of denim jeans this month—leftover from back-to-school shopping. Keep your eyes open for super sales and discount. Don’t expect that greatest selections of styles and sizes, but if you’re willing to search,  now is a great time to buy to score a new pair of jeans.

Toys and games

October is when retailers clear the decks for the hot new Christmas toys. That means getting rid of what’s been filling the shelves. All the old goes on sale. Traditonally the best time during Octobver to scoop up those bargains will be mid-month.

Wedding supplies

Traditionally, summer is wedding season. Come fall, reailers’ overstock can be anything from invitations, lights, cake toppers, and yes even wedding dresses. Almost everything gets a significant price drop during the fall months and then starts to pick back up again after New Year’s as brides start prepping for the summer weddings.


Pizza is a huge deal during the month of October—National Pizza Month and almost all pizza chains celebrate this! If history repeats itself, we can count on Papa John’s, Dominos, and Pizza Hut celebrating with awesome pizza deals!

Sign up for emails, download their apps or just keep you eye on social media because the whole month will be filled with amazing deals—even a freebie or two.


The best time to buy a used car starts now—in the last quarter of the year between October and December. Not only will you find good prices on used cars, but you also get a great selection due to the fact that dealerships see an influx of trade-ins from drivers buying next years’ models.

New-model-year vehicles come out in the fall of the previous year–for example, a 2021 model will debut in the fall of 2020. Often dealerships want last year’s stock gone before the new models arrives. But that doesn’t always work out. If a 2020 model is still on the lot when a 2021 model arrives, dealerships will usually offer heavy discounts on the older model in order to move it out


October is the month to land a fabulous deal on a new stove because manufacturers release their new models in winter. To make room for them, retailers routinely slap clearance prices on last year’s models still sitting in their inventory. But that’s not all. Ask about floor models, If you can live with a few surface blemishes, you may be able to land an even better deal.


More than one study says that Thursday is the day online retailers are most likely to reduce their prices.

Seasonal fruit

October will see lots of sales on apples, pumpkins, pears, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, oranges, figs, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Expect A=autumn harvest to be the theme everywhere. And don’t be afraid to stock up. You can bake pumpkin pies and freeze them for later. Make applesauce, apple butter, and apple dumplings.


Do this to store apples: Individually wrap them in newspaper (black ink only, not those with color ink). Put the wrapped apples in a covered cardboard box and store in a cool place like the basement where it will be cold, but not cold enough to freeze. You’ll be enjoying fresh, crisp, cheap apples all winter long!

Air conditioners

With consumers minds now turning toward cozying up to the  fireplace, retailers know cooling off is not a priority. So what’s a merchant to do? Give their remaining air conditioning units bargain basement prices And it’s not just the price that makes October an ideal month to buy. For those buying window units, it’s easier to install in cool October, rather than waiting for the first steamy day next spring. And for those looking to replace central air conditionging system, there’s less demand in October, which means a faster response and install time from your local HVAC contractor.

Camping gear

Want to find deals on items you can still use this year? Outdoor stores are putting their best camping gear on sale. October is that sweet spot in the year when heat waves have wound down but chances early snow storms are still quite remote. Grabbing super bargains on tents, sleeping bags and othe gear could mean that your best camping trip of the year is right around the corner.

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Grills and outdoor furniture

Retailers are now focusing on indoors and the Holiday season ahead. That means they’re also doing their best to get rid of outdoor gear. Expect to find great deals on patio tables, chairs, umbrellas, and grills.

Garden and outdoor tools

Stores that stocked up on lawnmowers, shovels, rakes, weed eaters, gardening gloves, tools, and planters for last spring are ready to clear the decks in those aisels. Stores always put all of that on sale during the month of October to make sure that they have room for their winter products. It’s a great time to replace old, tired, broken garden tools. You’ll be all ready for spring in more ways than one!

Columbus Day sales

This year, we celebrate Columbus Day on Oct. 12. Many stores will take full advantage of that holiday weekend to clear out summer things to give their customers a head start on Christmas shopping.

Amazon Prime Days, Oct. 13-14

Prime Day is an annual deal event exclusively for Prime members, delivering two days of special savings on tons of items.This year, Amazon’s Prime Day 2020 will begin Oct, 13th through Oct. 14th.



What I’m about to suggest to my readers who are not an Amazon Prime members is completely legal, ethical and even encouraged by Amazon: Sign up now for a free 30-day trial. You will have all the benefits of Amazon Prime membership, for free—including 2-day shipping and access to all the Amazon Prime Day highly discounted prices for members only. I’ll be posting both days to help point you to what I consider the best bargains.


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  1. Em says:

    We buy bushels of local apples to store over winter. We do not wrap individual apples. Instead we put newspapers between layers of apples. Also, we put Styrofoam sheets (from Lowes) around the exterior of the boxes excluding the top. You can use duck tape to hold together. We close the cardboard box top and throw a cotton blanket on top so the apples can breathe. We store them in the garage on the work bench. We may lose a couple of apples in the spring but it is still economical and convenient. The apples stored this way usually last from December until Easter. They are much tastier and cheaper than buying at the grocery store. Yummy!

  2. Sylvia Wells says:

    Great tips ! Especially on AC’s. I know AMAZON Is about to have competitors. Personally I will always stick to Amazon mainly because of the no questions asked, free shipping and returns. They give me exactly what I want and I will surely cash in on the prime days.
    I recouped the annual Amazon fee With my first shipment of the year.


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