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What To Buy and What Not to Buy In October

As a month, October gets overtaken by excitement, partying and preparing for the spookiest holiday of the year: Halloween. But while visions of Jack-o-lanterns, superhero costumes and economy-size packs of mini candy bars might be dominating your brain all month long, there is more to October shopping than just Halloween goodies.

As temperatures dwindle, shoppers start transitioning from afternoons spent grilling and running through sprinkler systems to sipping hot cocoa and cuddling up by the fire. And retailers start making a shift too. As fall pushes forward, retailers begin replacing summer merchandise with cozy sweaters, chunky scarves and other autumnal products. In addition to Halloween, let’s not forget that two of the year’s biggest shopping holidays – Black Friday and Cyber Monday – are fast approaching. And the holiday season is popping up right after that, making this an optimal time to start snagging high-demand gifts.

With all of this in mind, making the right buys – while holding off on others –can help you score some pretty significant savings.

What to buy in October

Let’s dig in to our predictions on what you should be shopping this October 2022 to get the very best bang for your buck:

1. Warm-weather clothes and shoes

It’s a time-honored saving hack: buying clothing out of season. Buying your new clothes at the end of the season is the best way to get some stellar savings. With autumn stretching out before us, you might find it tempting to shop for new, fall-weather styles, but don’t do it! Instead, march right past those racks of trendy jackets and boots and head back to the clearance racks of sundresses, swimsuits, T-shirts and sunglasses. If you can stock up on summer fashions now, you’ll be scoring some of the lowest prices of the year – we’re talking anywhere from 40 to 80%. In past years, we’ve seen some of the biggest out-of-season savings at stores like Express, Macy’s and Kohl’s.

2. Jeans

OK, so this one may seem counterintuitive to the tip above. But believe it or not, October tends to be a slow season for jeans. It’s a weird month that happens to fall smack dab between back-to-school and holiday shopping. Last year, we saw deals of up to 40% on denim from stores like Macy’s, 7 For All Mankind, Saks Fifth Ave and Lee Jeans.

3. Pool supplies and accessories

Just as clothing stores endeavor to rid their racks of last season’s styles, outdoor and specialty retailers are eager to clear their inventory of summer items like pool supplies. During October, keep an eye out for clearance sales from pool-supply retailers like Overton’s and In The Swim, as well as more generalized suppliers like Home Depot and Macy’s. In previous fall seasons, we’ve seen deals of up to 50% off or more on pool equipment and accessories.

4. Outdoor furniture

The same principle of the last tip applies to outdoor furniture. Now that the barbecue and outdoor entertaining season are drawing to a close, stores are starting to focus on clearing out patio furniture inventory. Sure, you might not be able to use your new lawn chairs or umbrella until next summer, but you will be happy in the future that present-day you scored outdoor furniture for as much as 50% off. In the past, we’ve seen some of the best outdoor furniture sales at Amazon, Wayfair and Home Depot.

5. Camping gear

When you think about it, October is a month of goodbyes. We’re saying goodbye to pool season, outdoor entertaining season, and camping season. And that means — you guessed it — deep discounts on tents, sleeping bags and other outdoor gear. Whether you’re a hearty fall camper or you just want to get ready for next summer, October is your month. Check out Academy Sports + Outdoors, Bass Pro Shops and Camping World for deals of up to 65% off on camping equipment.

6. Apple devices

Most years, Apple tends to release its new generation devices in September and indeed, this year, Apple released its well-anticipated new lineup, including the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro. With the release of its latest models, Apple is known to lower the cost of previous renditions. This means that October is the month to look for discounts on previous-gen Apple products, including last year’s iPhone 13. You’ll also be likely to score deals on older model cases and iPhone accessories.

7. Select Halloween gear

Here’s another counterintuitive tip since Halloween costumes, decorations and other merch are in high demand during October. The thing is, stores tend to overbuy for Halloween and become increasingly anxious to clear out merchandise the closer it gets to October 31. That means deals on Halloween goodies will start to pop up towards the end of the month – particularly at stores like Target, Kohl’s, Amazon and Spirit Halloween. If possible – and if you’re not too picky about your costume – we typically recommend holding off on doing your Halloween shopping until a day or two before October 31 – or even on Halloween day itself. That’s when you’ll be in the best position to score the deepest discounts on your spooky merch.

What not to buy in October

October might be the right time to score patio furniture and pool supplies, but it’s definitely the wrong time to buy other types of products. Here’s what we recommend avoiding this October 2022:

1. Most fall and Halloween gear

As noted above, most of the Halloween deals won’t stop cropping up until the very end of the month. So unless you’ve got a particular costume or specific party planned, early- to mid-October isn’t the ideal time to get costumes, creepy decor, or Halloween-themed party supplies. If you can wait until November 1, you can stock up for next October and save up to 90%.

2. Fall clothing and boots

We know that pumpkin spice lattes and apple cider donuts are meant to be enjoyed in oversized sweaters and chic boots. But stick to your existing fall wardrobe and you can save as much as 80% on fall styles when clunkier winter fashions take over in a month or so.

3. Electronics

In the market for smart devices, a laptop or television? With Black Friday and Cyber Monday right on the horizon, you only need to hold out for a few more weeks to score insanely low prices on tech.

(Partially reprinted from Offers.com)

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