If you’re a savvy shopper, you’ll know that especially with seasonal items, there is a good time to buy something — and there is a bad time to buy something if you want to get the very best price. October is a time when the colors change and the leaves begin to fall, but prices begin to fall too — on certain items at least.
Here are 7 things that are a good deal during the month of October!
What to buy in October
According to Consumer Reports, grills are a great deal right now — specifically, gas grills. And as we’ve been shopping around, we’ve found this too! Grilling is heading into its less popular season, and retailers are motivated to unload their remaining spring and summer grill inventory.
Here are a few deals we’ve found on grills:
- Expert Grill 3-burner gas grill for $86 at Walmart
- Expert Grill 4-burner gas grill for $124 at Walmart
- Save up to 25% on grills at Lowe’s Home Improvement
- Save up to $40 on grills at Big Lots
To find the best grill for your needs, check out Consumer Reports’ guide here.
2. Holiday travel
Consumer expert Clark Howard was just interviewed on the Bill Handel show and said that now is the time to book holiday travel!
“If you plan on traveling for the holidays, now is the time to book. Fares are a decent deal right now, but come October 15, you’ll really see airfares rise.”
Southwest Airlines is having a sale right now with one-way fares from $39, while Frontier Airlines is having a sale with fares as low as $29. If you plan to travel internationally anytime soon, it’s also worth checking into Wow Air’s fares. Wow Air has fares to Europe starting at $99.99!
3. Outdoor furniture
Both Nerdwallet and Lifehacker agree, outdoor furniture is the best deal in October as the temperature drops and people spend less time outside. The key is finding it however, as much of the supply has likely been picked over following the spring and summer seasons. But, there are a few places you can look.
Sears has a clearance sale going on right now with savings of up to 80% on outdoor furniture, and Walmart is offering savings of up to 75%. Also, online retailers such as Amazon and Hayneedle may have some surprising finds. This outdoor garden patio 4-piece cushioned wicker sofa furniture set is $180 right now at Amazon.
4. Lawn mowers and tractors
Another seasonal item that sells big in the spring, if you can find a lawn mower or a tractor now, it’s probably the best time to do so according to Consumer Reports. Mowers range from $100 to $4,000 for tractors, depending, with your basic manual reel mower on the former end of the spectrum. But, the magazine notes, “paying more doesn’t mean you get more.” Another way to save big on lawn mowers is to buy used or buy a basic push mower. Check out the Consumer Reports’ buying guide for lawn mowers and tractors here.
Money Magazine, Lifehacker and Nerdwallet all have this to say about jeans: They are the best deal in October! Since fall inventory begins arriving in stores in August and September, the prices are more likely to drop now. So if you want to pick up a pair of blues, don’t settle for less than a sale!
Lucky is currently having a sale with 40-50% off denim, while Levi’s sale denim starts at around $20. Old Navy and Gap have also discounted most of their denim styles. Additionally, you might find some great prices on Amazon and eBay! eBay has brand items as well as used, so you might find your favorite brand new or a pair that’s barely been worn. Pro shopping tip: Be sure the seller has a high rating of 98% and up, and double check the return policy.
These are just a few examples of some available deals on jeans right now.
6. Camping gear
As the weather cools off, deals on camping gear heat up. Since we are now well beyond the busy summer camping season, you’ll find deals on tents, sleeping bags, backpacks and a lot more.
Outdoor outfitters such as REI, REI Garage, Cabela’s, (specifically the Bargain Cave), and Bass Pro Shops might come to mind when you think about buying camping gear. But Walmart and Amazon are also great places to scoop up deals on outdoor gear and supplies. In fact, you’ll save up to $160 on tents & camping gear at Walmart right now.
If your mattress is 7 to 10 years old, it’s probably time to kick it to the curb. Consumer Reports finds that mattresses are a good deal in October, with many retailers dishing out deals around Columbus Day.
Though you might find some big sales at 1-800-Mattress and Sleepy’s, Amazon was actually the best online retailer to buy a mattress, according to a Consumer Reports survey. Groupon has also become a great place to find deals on mattresses, but you’ll want to check the return policy before purchasing. If you want a super cheap mattress, Walmart has the Slumber 1 mattress in a box starting at $55 for a twin. And of course one of Clark’s favorite places to find mattresses is Costco!
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