Most people are waiting to make purchases until Black Friday, and for a few categories, this is a wise choice. But don’t overlook October entirely! There are a handful of items that are actually better buys this month.
We couldn’t find any freebies this month, but we did find out that it’s National Pizza Month, so look for some great deals on pizza from national chains. Last year Pizza Hut offered its best BOGO offer of the year, whereas Papa John’s offered its best percent off discount, taking 50% off a regular or large pizza.
What to Get
We all know the best time to buy a Halloween costume is on November 1st. But believe it or not, most Halloween specialty stores discount their inventory the week before Halloween to clear out their stock. Since people don’t buy their costumes that far in advance, the second-best time to purchase a Halloween costume is during the week before Halloween when you will see great sales.
October is traditionally one of the best months to purchase a new car. By now, hundreds of 2016 models have entered the market and dealerships are more eager than ever to clear 2015’s inventory.
It’s a great time to travel to summer-heavy destinations like Europe. And it’s a good time to visit Summer/Winter destinations like Hawaii and Mexico. It’s also a great time to take a cruise. The weather is still quite good and there are many deals to be had. So look for vacations as well as cruises. Now is also a great time to book airfare if you’re traveling for Thanksgiving.
Jeans are still a good buy right now.
School supplies are in the bargain bin, so stock up for later in the year.
End of season garden plants are also at near clearance prices. Also outdoor items such as patio furniture are on clearance. Last year, for instance, Sears took 70% off its patio furniture in September, and added a stackable dollar-off coupon during the month of October. By comparison, patio furniture deals in November were significantly harder to come by and discounts generally topped off at 40%.
Black Friday is the best time of the year to purchase a new HDTV. However, last year 55″ sets didn’t drop much in price for Black Friday. It’s probably because this category size has hit a price plateau, meaning retailers have discounted them as much as they’re willing to.
You can currently find deals on 55″ HDTVs for about $400, which is the same price we’re predicting for Black Friday. So if you’re in the market for a TV in this size range, you might as well purchase it this month, as it won’t drop significantly next month. Moreover, by making your purchase this month, you can shop at your leisure and avoid the stress of shopping during the holidays.
Although you won’t find sales on winter sports gear, October is still a great month for deals on end-of-season gear like water sports and hiking equipment. Check stores like REI and Sierra Trading Post for sales that knock from 40% to 60% off select merchandise. While it’s likely you’ll see similar sales in November, the sales are more frequent in October and come with no minimum purchase requirements.
What to Wait On
You should wait until Black Friday to buy:
- General electronics
- Cold weather apparel
- Domestic Travel
- Video Games
- Most Apple devices
Fruits and Vegetables In Season
This wonderful list was published by The Daily Californian, a blog with wonderful ideas for eating in season.
- BERRIES: Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries — make blackberry tarts and blueberry scones, eat them fresh and go wild.
- LIME: Key lime meringue pie, honey-lime glaze grilled chicken, lime sorbet — the options are endless.
- FIG: It’s an excellent autumn fruit that comes up from summer and winds down in November — make bacon-wrapped figs or fig-and-pancetta salad.
- GRAPE: How about grape jelly or some chicken salad with grapes?
- KIWI: They’re ripe and ready to eat at the end half of fall, October and November, and strawberry kiwi smoothie is a refreshing no-brainer.
- MELON: Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelons are best enjoyed in the summer heat, but they’re still in great shape in October — and cantaloupe-lime-chili soup, poached shrimp with honeydew and jicama as well as watermelon, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar bruschetta are just a few quick recipes you can try with melons.
- PEAR: Fall is the best season to grab these beauties — eat the Barlett or Comice fresh, poach or bake the Bosc for desserts and top a few slices of Asian pear in your noodle soup for some crunchy sweetness.
- POMEGRANATE: Fall is in, and so are pomegranates — their tartness is perfect for salads and chicken stews.
- CORN: It peaks in September and October — ironic considering corn is big during Thanksgiving, and you’d think they’d be peaking in November as well! Grill them as a side, simmer them to make corn soup, add them to your salmon and salsa verde tostada and enjoy!
- EGGPLANT: It’s an excellent autumn vegetable for ratatouille, pasta and stir-fry dishes.
- HERBS: October is the last time to grab herbs before winter, so stock up on herbs and look out for a future Eating Berkeley DIY project: drying herbs!
- OKRA: Okra creole, fried okra or a simple pepper grilled okra will surely make a great side dish.
- BELL PEPPER: Nab them, stuff them or roast them!
- ZUCCHINI: Fall is the last opportunity to grab them while they’re in prime condition — bake zucchini bread or do a quick pickle with zucchini and yellow squash for a refreshing salad.
- TOMATO: All tomatoes are great throughout the fall, including heirloom and cherry tomatoes, so eat them fresh or grill them with a brush of balsamic vinaigrette to truly experience the sweetness of the season.
- WINTER SQUASH: Despite their name, they are also in prime shape in the fall! Baked butternut squash risotto and quinoa-stuffed squash make easy comfort food any day. Look for Delicato which is like a winter squash in flavor, but you don’t have to peel it before cooking (just be sure you remove the seeds)