What to Buy in October
What to Buy in October

Cool October Discounts

When it comes to shopping, October is an odd month, sitting smack in the middle of the back-to-school frenzy and the holiday extravaganza. But there are plenty of October deals to be had. The best buys range from leftover summer items to goods discounted in advance of the big shopping days to come. And don't forget: October concludes with Halloween. 

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Halloween Stuff
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Halloween Stuff

Unless you thought way ahead and bought a costume and decorations last November, when prices were at their lowest, be on the lookout for bargains this month. The closer the holiday, the bigger the deals, as retailers try to clear the shelves by Halloween. There is a time constraint, however — you won't find many costume choices and sizes if you wait too long. The best time to buy is mid-month, when the selection is still decent and prices have started dropping.

Related: Halloween Costumes to Buy Now Before They Sell Out

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Much like the month of October, denim is in a down time between back-to-school shopping and the holiday season. Retailers want to sell off back-to-school denim and make room for the winter trends that will appear on gift lists, so keep your eye out for October deals on jeans. 

Related: The History of American Jeans: From Railroad to Runway

iPhone and Accessories

iPhones and Accessories

Apple's new iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max were released Sept. 20. That means now is the time to buy an iPhone XR, XS, or XS Max at a discount. Along with the release of a new iPhone comes a slew of new cases, headphones, and other accessories. If you have an older model iPhone, you can get accessories for less as retailers look to move them out. 

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Summer Stuff
Camping Gear
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Prices on cruises and vacations typically take a dip in October, the shoulder month between summer vacations and holiday travel. With school back in session, many destinations aren't very crowded but still enjoy balmy and temperate weather.

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Seasonal Produce

October is when the fall bounty begins coming in, and some warm-weather plants produce their final yields. Look for cheap apples, beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, cranberries, grapes, honeydew melon, kale, leeks, lettuce, oranges, pears, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, and yams. If there's an apple orchard nearby, picking your own may be cheaper and make for a fun weekend outing, not to mention nutritious and budget-friendly meals

Related: 28 Fall Recipes That Showcase Seasonal Fruits and Veggies


Wait: Appliances

September and October used to be a prime time to buy big appliances, because this is when new models are introduced. In recent years, however, big appliance deals have been popping up in November, especially around Black Friday, so if you can, hold off a few weeks before hitting the stores.

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