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The 14 Best and Worst Things to Buy In October


The 14 Best and Worst Things to Buy In October

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Black Friday is just around the corner, leaving many shoppers wary of buying anything in October. But you don’t have to be afraid to shop during the spookiest month. Thanks to Halloween and Columbus Day sales, October is full of frightfully good price drops! Read on to learn what’s worth buying in October, and what to get on Black Friday instead.

7 things you should buy in October

Here are some frightfully good things to buy between now and Halloween.

Columbus Day Sale Items

Hit the virtual aisles around Oct. 8 for the last big shopping event of the year before Black Friday. Columbus Day — sometimes called Indigenous Peoples’ Day, depending on where you live — doesn’t typically offer up sales that can beat Memorial Day or Labor Day.

But you can still find festive discounts on all kinds of goods, such as home items at Macy’s and Sur La Table. If you can’t hold out for new footwear until November, you should also see substantial price drops on name-brand shoes from retailers like Foot Locker. Expect to find Reebok sneakers from just $19, or get Crocs discounted by an extra 30 percent off.

New cars

October is traditionally one of the best months to buy a new car, as dealerships are eager to offload last year’s inventory ahead of new models arriving toward the end of the year. There are other ways to save on cars in October, too, including buying at the end of the day or month, when salespeople strive to hit quotas. You can also check out this comprehensive study from on what used cars sit the longest on dealer lots, making them prime contenders for a deal.

It’s also worth shopping for a new car around the second Monday in October, as Columbus Day deals could lead to big discounts.

Halloween costumes

The best time of year to buy a Halloween costume is obviously Nov. 1, when stores knock as much as 80 percent off the prices of unsold wizard hats and sexy Scrabble outfits. But if you aren’t ready to prepare for Halloween 2019, it’s nice to know you can still find great deals on costumes in the days leading up to this year’s holiday.

Hot Topic knocked a flat 75 percent off a selection of Halloween costumes two weeks before the holiday last year, while JCPenney shaved an additional 60 percent off kids Disney ensembles around the same time. However, you’ll still find the lowest prices on all things spooky at Amazon and Walmart, where full Halloween costumes should sell for as little as $8.

European vacations

Those planning a trip to Paris or Rome should consider October as their month for European adventure, as it falls within the industry’s “shoulder season.” This is a period when you can benefit from off-season prices while popular tourist destinations are still set up to entertain visitors. October travelers will enjoy better hotel room deals and mix with the locals, rather than joining tourist-swamped queues!

We likely won’t see as many European hotel deals until February, so it’s definitely worth booking before Black Friday season rolls around. You can expect to save an extra 10 percent on bookings throughout October, while the rates for Parisian hotels should drop as low as $52 per night via Trivago.


October is National Pizza Month, so we’re anticipating some top deals on pies from our favorite restaurants and takeout places. Expect tasty deals from Domino’s and Papa John’s — the latter of which promoted what is still its best-ever buy one, get one free offer during October last year. We’ll also look to Pizza Hut this month for a 25 percent off coupon.

In-season produce

Shopping for in-season produce doesn’t just make for tastier meals. Prices can drop by up to 50 percent when fruits and vegetables are at their most plentiful. In October, you can expect to see cheaper pumpkins, cranberries, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and pomegranates.


Speaking of the growing season, green-thumbed folks who are looking to cut back on the cost of planting should head to their local garden centers this month. As these outlets host their end-of-season sales, you’ll see particularly big markdowns on perennials, which don’t need to be replanted each year.

Tropical plants like hibiscus also sell at low prices during October because they can’t survive the colder weather. You can buy them now and nurse the plants indoors until next spring.

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