(NEWSWIRE) Shopping in October is a little like smashing pumpkins…it’s a thrill for some, but it’s not for everyone. October is a great month to score big savings if you’re in the market for specific items, like denim, gas grills, electronics accessories and outdoor and lawn products. Traditionally, the previous year’s hot toys have been a smart buy this month and last year Amazon Lightning Deals, which have been kicking off Nov. 1, started in October featuring dozens of Black Friday-like toy deals. If you’re willing to dig through a lot of clearance, promotions and meticulously compare the best “values” (use camelcamelcamel.com to track price history), you can find quality items at smashing prices this month.
While Black Friday deals, and Cyber Monday deals, bring unbelievable pricing, we don’t typically see huge price-drops on higher quality items. Special October weekend sales, like Columbus Day sales, Oktoberfest promotions, and even “early” pre-Black Friday sales (yes, it will happen in October this year) may be worth your attention, especially if your in the market to make use of deals on higher end appliances, cookware and home theater products to prep for Thanksgiving events. Last year Columbus Day shoppers found clearance savings on lawn and garden equipment and closeout patio products that included increased cash back from FatWallet.
More specifics on best things to buy in October:
Gardening and Outdoor Products
Traditionally, October is the best time to buy gardening tools and outdoor products like gas grills, patio furniture and mild weather camping and sports equipment. Last year presented eager shoppers with half off or more on gazebos and foldout canopies, retractable awnings, patio umbrellas and outdoor lighting. BigBox like Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and others will drop prices 25% or better on select lawnmowers, lawn tractors and yard equipment. Smart shoppers know that everything remaining from summer must go to make room for holiday and winter prep items, so it’s best jump at these clearance sales if you want the best selection.
Halloween Costumes and Decorations
Early shoppers can find comparable Halloween deals and better selection over last minute and after Halloween clearance. For example, Newegg (an unlikely source known primarily for tech deals and coupons) offers costumes and costume accessories up to 70% all month, free shipping coupons and up to 2% Newegg cash back through FatWallet. Sites like HalloweenCostumes.com are already offering up to 90% off plus 7.5% cash back, and bigbox stores like Target, Kohl’s, Home Depot and Ebay all have early discounts up to 50% off with additional cash back on Halloween Deals.
With Back-to-School deals, summer clearance and pre-fall fashion sales behind us, clothing retailers will cut prices on select remaining inventory, especially on denim jeans. Improving upon last year, Levi’s, American Eagle, and Buckle have deals of up to 60% off and one current AERO coupon (Aeropastale) brags 70% off on FatWallet. All also include cash back. Don’t forget to compare brand jeans coupons with the bigger department stores, as often they’ll offer similar discounts that stack with store rewards and cash back (e.g., Kohl’s 30% off + $30 Kohl’s Cash + free shipping + Kohl’s cash back from FatWallet). Another perfect fit for your October budget may come from men’s shoe deals, athletic footwear sales, and mild weather sportswear markdowns. Expect to find better than half off top name brand sneakers and closeout golf shoes, too.
Electronics Accessories and iPad Deals
Want to buy in October if you want deals on tech? This is a great month to dig through electronics accessories sales as tech savvy sites like Parts Express, Newegg, MonoPrice and others. They’re offering deep discounts up to 95% off select closeout and factory buyout items like A/V and computer cables, cords and wiring, connectors, adapters and replacement speakers, and most offer additional cash back savings. Office supply stores will feature electronics deals in October, post back to school price cuts, on items like printers, hard drives, routers, computer speaks and cordless home phones. and of course, Apple will announce a new update late October, so those in for previous versions can expect savings of 20% or more on iPad Air deals and iPad Mini deals around that time.
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