What to buy and to (Skip) in October?

October is a fabulous month to buy pumpkins, shop for Halloween discounts, and get Pizza takeout. Unfortunately, not everything is worth buying in October. The seasonal changes happen much quicker in stores this time of year. Just in the month of October, the first week starts as Fall, then Halloween sooner rather than later Christmas shows up. The Holiday shopping is approaching and Black Friday is just around the corner. Catch all the deals before they are out the door. Save money by making smarter purchases each this month. Start planning your holiday shopping early, stalk companies on their social media accounts for deals. And sign up for emails subscriptions to get alerted on discounts. Below is a detailed list of what to keep on your list. See our guide to what to buy in October and what to skip. 


What to Buy in October

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Outdoor Furniture and Grills

Markdowns on Summer inventory are still going on in October. Seasonal items are at their best especially when they are out of season. A good money-saving habit is to shop the opposite season. At this time retailers are trying to get their summer inventory off the floor. What’s left at this point is the big stuff, outdoor furniture, and grills. Watch for sales from Home Depot, Lowes, and Kohls.

Halloween Items

Halloween is one of the exceptions to the opposite season rule. It’s always better to get Halloween decor and costumes closest to the actual holiday. Shortly after everything is heavily discounted. Retailers want to get it out the door by November 1rst. Candy is something that will be at least 50% off right after Halloween. More chocolate for me!

Winter “Outerwear”

It might seem odd because winter is just a short month away to grab outerwear. The sale of outerwear is a way to get customers in the door and prepared for what’s ahead. Snow, Snow..well for us Northerners anyways. You will see sales on the winter essentials like coats, hats, and gloves. Mornings and evenings are pretty chilly around this time so you might definitely want to check them out.

National and Celebrated Days 

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October is National Pizza Month

Retailers use Nationally recognized holidays as promotions. Be on the lookout for discount offers or deals. Since October is National Pizza Month, you will see offers from places like Pizza Hut and or Dominoes. If you want to keep up to date on the releases always check in on their social media pages or website.

Other fun October Holidays

  • October 4th – National Taco Day
  • October 14th – National Desert Day

In-Season Produce in October

If you want to save on produce always shop for in-season fruits and vegetables. It’s better for your environment and your budget. In October the fruits that are in season are apples, cranberries, grapes, pomegranates.  For Vegetables, there is acorn squash, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, butternut squash, cabbage, cauliflower, leeks, lettuce, sweet potatoes, and of course pumpkins.

What to Skip this Month


Save more money on big electronics by waiting for Black Friday. It’s only a month away if you can wait. The only downfall about Black Friday is that it’s first come first serve. So if you are on the hunt for TVs, gaming consoles, laptops, tablets, and smartphones wait it out. I always look through all the flyers the week before. If there is a pre-order option that would be best at the risk of missing out.

Fall Clothing

Fall clothing and sweaters will go back on sale closer to Black Friday and Christmas. Right now they are still at a screeching regular price. If you want to save money on your winter wardrobe try waiting for November 26th. To get the heaviest discount on Fall and Winter apparel is buying after Christmas.

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