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Best Things to Buy in October

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October is an odd month when it comes to shopping deals, however, there are still some great buys out there if you look hard enough. Check out this extensive list of the best things to buy in October.

best things to buy in October

When it comes to shopping, October is stuck in the middle of back-to-school deals and the holiday shopping season. Plus, the Coronavirus threw everything off this year. Especially with Amazon, which is holding its Prime Day event four months later than usual (October 13-14).

However, there are still some good deals to be had this month, even without major sales events. Be on the look out for deep discounts on summer items.

I’ve put together an extensive list of the best things to buy in October to help you save money this month.

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Best Things to Buy in October

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Amazon Prime Day Deals: Amazon struggled this year to keep up with pandemic orders. They moved their Prime Day Event to October 13 – 14 instead. You can expect to see deals on technology, kitchen equipment, and a lot of other items as well.

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Columbus Day Deals: Columbus Day is October 12 and most department stores host sales leading up to the holiday. Keep an eye out for Macy’s and Kohl’s because they have been known to have the best deals in the past.

Denim: Retailers are desperate to get back-to-school jeans off their shelves to make room for the winter trends that will be hitting stores soon. Be sure to keep an eye out for denim discounts this month. Belk has jeans for women, men, and junior sizes starting at just $15!

Summer Items: More than likely this is the last month you’ll be seeing patio furniture, yard tools, and summer-themed décor in stores. Get ready for next summer for less this month!

Air Conditioners: A lot of stores end up with leftover air conditioners after the summer months. Now is a great time to buy one for next year.

Cars: New car models are already hitting the car lots so they’re desperate to get last year’s models out of the way. On top of sales, they may offer other incentives such as no down payment. Do your research and shop around.

Here’s a tip from a car salesman: Shop at the end of the week or end of the month to get the best deals and incentives. They have goals they have to meet every month. If they aren’t hitting their goal they’ll be more than willing to work out a deal with you.

Vacations: Vacations may look a little different this year with the pandemic. But, October is the best month to purchase plane tickets, bus tickets, and cruises.

Camping Gear: Camping gear will be on sale this month. Expect to find deep discounts on tents, sleeping bags, and other camping equipment. Check Dick Sporting Goods for the best deals.

Halloween Costumes & Décor: Most stores overstock what they actually need for Halloween. With the pandemic this year and trick-or-treating not recommended, more than likely there are going to be some extremely discounted Halloween deals closer to the end of the month. Check department stores such as Walmart and Target for the best deals.

Seasonal Produce: Fruits to look for this month include apples, cranberries, grapes, honeydew melon, oranges, and pears. Vegetables this month include lettuce, leeks, yams, sweet potatoes, spinach, squash, beets, cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli. And don’t forget the pumpkins!

What’s on your shopping list this month?

Are there any deals that you would like to add to my best things to buy in October list? Feel free to let me know about more great deals in the comments.

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Michelle

Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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40 Comments

  1. TheMessyBunMafia says:

    Every year around this time we intend to get new patio cushions! Maybe this will be the year? 😍

    1. I hope you’re finally able to get some this year! 🙂

  2. cdloken says:

    I can hardly wait to see your monthly post for best buys! Thank you so much for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad they’re helpful! 🙂

  3. I love your “Best Things to Buy” posts Michelle! They always help me know what I should be on the lookout for. Scheduled to pin!

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad they’re helpful!

  4. Great list Michelle, I’m looking at Amazon and Macys for deals LOL
    thanks for this info xoxo

    1. Thank you so much! Happy shopping! 🙂

  5. As a drama teacher and director, I always loved shopping for costumes the day after Halloween. But this year I’ll probably be doing it earlier. Not that I still teach or direct, but I do have grandchildren. 😉

    1. That’s a great way to save on costumes for class. 🙂

  6. Thank you, Michelle! I always enjoy your tips and tricks! Happy October! 🍁🍂

    1. Thank you!! I’m glad they’re helpful! 🍁

  7. Perfect time to buy a car!!!

    1. Yes it is!! 😁

  8. Wowwww…that sounds exciting..!🥳🥳
    Your tips and all are just bliss..!💞

    Also kudos on lovely blog too❤❤

    1. Thank you so much! And thank you for reading and following. 🙂

      1. Your most welcome Michelle

        It was my great pleasure 🤗🤗❤

  9. I do love a bargain, and these sound fab. I’m curious what’ll be on for Amazon Prime Day(s) this year. Sadly my Prime month expires two days prior so I don’t know whether to renew it or not to see what they have on offer 😂

    1. Such a hard decision! 😂 I’ve tried to find sneak peeks but I’m only seeing things about technology. Guess they’re hiding it this year.

  10. So true, it is an odd shopping year. I’ve noticed stores are trying to sell last years winter clothes, at deep discounts, while also selling this year’s winter fashions.

    1. That’s weird. I would definitely choose the discounted clothes over the new. 🙂

      1. Me too!

  11. I can attest to the car one. That’s when I got my latest car…the end of October, 2 years ago. I was there all night because they did everything possible to get me into this car with the best deal.

    1. That’s great! It’s a great way to save money. 🙂

  12. That’s really true about the car buying. I leased my last car at the end of the month, and the salesman was only eager to haggle!

    1. That’s awesome! It’s a great way to save some money on a car.

  13. I find this time of year great for shopping for new appliances/ home bits because they all go on sale ready for Christmas. Great list! Definitely a few things to look out for x

    Sophie

    1. It is a great time to get some good deals. Thank you!!

  14. Such a great list, thanks for sharing!

    1. Thank you so much!

  15. Such a great list of things to buy this month, Michelle! We try to do as much holiday shopping as we can this time of year so I’m excited to see what kind of prime deals they have. Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you! I kind of like that Prime Day is late this year. I’m more into holiday shopping around this time.

  16. Thanks for the reminder about Prime Day being in October. It’ll be like having an early Black Friday!

    1. Yes it will! I hope they have some good deals this year. 🙂

  17. You know I always love your what to buy in each month posts. You really offer up some goodies we never would have thought of.

    I wasn’t familiar with camel camel camel but I am going to check that out. Amazon has some amazing prices on many items but can be terribly overpriced for others.

    The seasonal produce list made me hungry. Yum! A perfectly cooked sweet potato with cinnamon sprinkled is hard to beat in my book. This year I hope we will try and work with pumpkins a bit more too. What’s your favorite?

    1. Thank you! I know what you mean about Amazon’s prices. It can be tricky to find the right price sometimes. Walmart’s website is turning out to be the same way. It’s really frustrating, but I know they’re just trying to make money. I just don’t feel they should try to trick us, though.

      I love baked sweet potatoes! I mix a little bit of cinnamon with butter and let it melt into the center of the potato. Yum!! I’m adding sweet potatoes to my grocery list today. Thanks for reminding me!!

  18. As always excellent tips. I am doing a lot less shopping this year … but pumpkins for decoration as well as eating!

    1. Thank you! We’re not doing as much shopping this year, either. It’s not the same.

  19. It’s a pleasure to shop knowing that I are saving. Great list. I like the idea new car models)

    1. Thank you so much! I’m glad you found it helpful!

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