October isn’t just the time of the year when pumpkin-flavoured food and drinks take over your coffee shops and grocery store aisles: it’s also a time to get some great deals on things like cars and lawn mowers.
While a good bargain hunter can find good deals any time of the year, there are months when certain things are more likely to be on sale. Here are the best deals you’ll find in October:
Buy Produce That’s In Season
Buying local, seasonal produce is the best way to get healthy and affordable food. Because local and in-season produce is plentiful and doesn’t have far to travel, the prices will be the lower than now than at other times of the year. When it comes to fruits, Foodland Ontario encourages you to enjoy fresh local apples, cranberries, pears, and plums in October.
When it comes to fresh local vegetables you have a lot of great options including artichokes, beets, broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, garlic, leeks, lettuce, mushrooms, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, squash, radishes, spinach, and sweet potatoes.
Set Up Your Patio For Next Year
In October, the weather takes a cold turn and that leaves most people transitioning from time spent outside on the patio to time spent sitting inside around the fire. Because of this, there is no longer a market for things like gas grills, lawn mowers, or patio furniture. These items were probably discounted in September but come October, the discounts get even more attractive.
Stores need to quickly move this merchandise since it’s taking up room that could be used for Halloween or Christmas stock. You’ll get the best discounts on display models which are usually the last to be sold. Just make sure that all the parts are in working order before you take home a great deal. You might not get much use of it until next year, but you’ll be glad you bought it when you start seeing the prices for these outdoor essentials come springtime.
Buy Thanksgiving Grocery Deals
With Thanksgiving in October, grocery stores will be trying to tempt you to come into the store to stock up for your holiday dinner with deals on Thanksgiving and baking essentials like turkey, yams, Brussel sprouts, flour, pumpkin pie filling, and sugar.
It’s a good time to stock up on what the grocery industry calls these loss leader deals which are deals that stores actually price below their cost in order to get you to come into the store to buy other more expensive items. Around Thanksgiving, I sometimes buy an extra turkey to cook for sandwiches, soups and my awesome turkey. My tip is to freeze the leftover turkey in chicken stock so that it stays juicy so you can use it in future meals.
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Buy a Car From Last Year
Many of us have heard that September is the best time to buy a new car since that’s when the new models arrive and dealerships are motivated to discount the old models to make room. But what happens to the 2015 models that haven’t sold come October? They’re discounted even more! If you’re not picky about features or colours, you can score a great deal on a new car this month.
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Get Deals On Clothing
One of my favourite parts of back-to-school season was back-to-school shopping. My mom would take me looking for new clothes and our first stop was always to buy a new pair of jeans. Stores stock up on jeans only to have a surplus after the back-to-school period ends. Many stores will have sales on jeans in October to help thin the stock.
You’ll also find great deals on winter coats this month according to Consumer Reports. While you’ll probably find even cheaper prices after the holidays, if you need a winter coat before it gets too cold, October is the best place to look. The benefit of shopping now is that you’re far more likely to find what you’re looking for since the selection will be good.
Buy a House
According to a 2015 study by RealtyTrac, the best day of the year to buy a house is October 8th. In fact, when they analyzed the data from 32 million U.S. home and condo sales in the last 15 years, they found that buying any day in October generally saved you 2.6 per cent off the fair market value, but buying on October 8th gave you a slightly better discount. If you can’t close on your next home by October 8th, they also found that Mondays were generally the best day of the week to buy with homes closing on that day generally seeing a 2.3 per cent discount.
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