If you’re a deal hunter like we are at ClarkDeals.com, then you’ll appreciate that October offers an autumn cornucopia of savings just ripe for the picking.
October’s position as a prelude to the holiday season makes it the ideal time to shop. If you want to avoid any possible shipping bottlenecks as we’ve seen in past years, it’s always a good idea to shop early.
This is one season when the early bird definitely is going to get the worm!
Here Are the Best October Deals
Before you dig in for another weekend of football, leaf-peeping and pumpkin-pie-spice everything, take a look at our list of the best buys in October.
Now that Apple has released the iPhone 15, retailers are looking to clear out their stock of older iPhones. That means you’re likely to see discounts on 5G phones such as the iPhone 14 in particular, not to mention previous versions of Apple’s flagship phone.
Time is on your side right now if you’re happy with taking your pick from the older generations of iPhones. eBay can be a great place to pick up a deal on an older phone, as long as the seller has high ratings and returns are accepted; Amazon can be a good source, too. Meanwhile, here are some deals on popular smartphones.
The golden days of October are the perfect time to get out there and enjoy the great outdoors.
Be on the lookout for savings of up to 50% off tents, sleeping equipment, fire pits, outdoor chairs and other camping equipment.
REI is a wonderful place to look for gently used gear at great prices. This store offers everything from clothing to camping accessories including brands such as Arc’Teryx, Marmot, The North Face and Merrell. Meanwhile, Camping World has a clearance section offering bargains from $1.
With Labor Day now behind us, retailers are looking to clear out the last of the warm-weather merchandise.
Look for markdowns on both charcoal and gas grills as well as Kamado ceramic grills. See our most up-to-date list of the best grill deals here.
This is another end-of-season category where the deals are piling up.
While you can still find deals online (see our roundup of outdoor furniture deals at Walmart for a few right now, or check out Home Depot’s daily deals) you may also want to try looking for discounts in stores.
October is Fire Safety Month, which means you should be on the lookout for huge discounts on safety-related items such as smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. We’ve seen deals on these items at Amazon and Costco in prior years.
Thanks to a few high-profile food holidays, October is a month when you can almost always score discounted or free food.
For example, For example, Chipotle doled out $6 entrée coupons to Chipotle Rewards members who showed up in costume on Halloween during certain hours as part of its 22nd annual Boorito celebration last year. While the company hasn’t yet firmed up plans for the celebration this year, it’s reasonable to expect a similar kind of promotion.
Earlier in the month, we expect to see lots of free and discounted Mexican fare on one of the most famous food holidays to look forward to on October 4: National Taco Day!
In addition, select Chick-fil-A restaurants have been known to give kids who show up in costume on October 31 a free kids’ meal! Check with your local store for participation.
Finally, you won’t want to forget to score a deal on clearance Halloween candy as soon as November 1 hits.
Black Friday Ad Leaks and Preview Sales
Along with the many Black Friday ads we saw in 2022, we also saw corresponding preview sales with many items listed at the same price they would be on Black Friday. Last year, we saw these kinds of sales from stores such as Kohl’s and Belk. Amazon and Woot’s daily deals are also close contenders for Black Friday-esque prices, but we still expect the best deals to continue to be the week of Black Friday. If you want to get your shopping done early and out of the way, these preview sales are a great time to score a bargain!
Though most of the official Black Friday ads will drop in November, we expect to see some notable savings opportunities in October, as retailers are motivated to kickstart the holiday shopping season earlier. This is due to weaker back-to-school activity in August. As a part of these early sales, we already know that Amazon will be having its second Prime Day — called Prime Big Deal Days — on October 10-11. In addition to that, Walmart will have a Holiday Kickoff Savings Event October 9-12, while Target is having its Circle Week Sale a week earlier on October 1-7. Anytime Amazon has a sale, you can bet there’ll be competing sales from other retailers on tap!
During the podcast, Clark had this to say about October being an important time in the deals space:
“This year, October is going to be more than a prelim — there’s going to be a lot of deals going on.”
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With increased capacity in the airline industry and decreasing demand now that summer is over, October is the perfect time to snag some cheap airfares!
“I mentioned recently that I was able to buy tickets from Atlanta to Los Angeles for $95 one way. I mean that is really cheap,” Clark says. “And that’s not an exception as the fares are going down, down, down all over the country because the airlines have been adding planes, and passengers instead of adding are now starting to subtract. And this is the cheap time of year for you to travel, wherever you’re interested in going.”
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As F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” Keep your wallet extra crispy and stuffed with cash ahead of Christmas by following our tips for harvesting the best fall savings this year.
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