Shopping Trends for What to Buy in October via FatWallet.com
In October, retailers provide hints for what we’ll see come Black Friday, and some years are more telling than others. This year, with new gaming consoles and smartphones in tow, left in the wake are older PS4 and Xbox One consoles and gaming bundles for these models are at ready to reach their lowest prices ever. Ditto with older smartphones. This inventory clearing out promises to bring Doorbuster Black Friday deals on the new Xbox One S and PS4 Pro consoles bundled with hot games and gift cards. Same for big incentives for those that elect to buy new smartphones and smartwatches on Black Friday, especially the Phone 7’s and new Apple Watch 2, which will be bundled with store gift cards, free accessories and/or no money down (see Black Friday Predictions 2016 courtesy of BFAds.net)
Aside from a big older tech clearance this October, traditional fall sales offer shoppers the last chance at outdoor living clearance with deep discounts as much as 75% off grilling accessories, patio furniture and other outdoor living items flirting their lowest of the year. Gas grills are on clearance lists as well, with savings ranging from $100-300, depending on brands, models and inventory remaining. Homeowners that are “winterizing” will see great savings on lawn seed, fertilizers, rakes, deck coatings, storage bins and garage organizers. They’ll also save more money now vs. spring stocking up for next year with final sales on lawn equipment, hoses and planting items.
Holiday travelers will be looking to book airfare, hotels and car rentals while selections and options are more readily available, and prices are prime for booking accommodations at a cut rate for Fall vacations and cruises this month, especially where destinations are either warm or dry enough to enjoy. FatWallet’s Travel Discussion forum is handy for reviewing insider travel tips and tactics for the hot travel deals and credit card that offer the best rates and rewards for holiday travelers.
Early Halloween shoppers often find decent Halloween deals and pricing, and a much better selections of costumes and decorations compares with waiting until or last-minute Halloween clearance, especially at big-box stores like Target, Kohl’s and Walmart. Online shoppers will want to check out sites like HalloweenCostumes.com are already offering up to 90% off select costumes, and other online destinations such as Halloween Express with 25% off baby and toddler costumes.
October is also one of the best times of the year to save money on cold-weather apparel, especially denim jeans and men’s shoes and boots. As well, women’s fall fashion sales are prominent and expand beyond celebrity-backed clothing and jeans, with great savings on a wide selection of leather boots, handbags, seasonal jewelry and other accessories throughout the month. Expect holiday-like discounts of 20-50% off from online brands like Levi’s, American Eagle, and Tory Birch. Department stores like Macy’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s will offer similar savings for men, women and kids, plus their fall clothing discounts stack nicely with increased member rewards for bonus savings.
Speaking of outdoors, the sports and outdoor stores like Cabela’s, REI, Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops will feature special sales and discounting on outdoor sports apparel and gear for hunting, hiking and other fall activities. If you can find your size and color preference available, these specialty stores feature close-out and clearance prices up to 80% off last year’s fall coats, jackets, vests and boots and at these prices, the , especially wheneft-overs sell out fast.