* -Cue first post since the end of my hiatus-*
I’m back officially, and man, does it feel good to be home! What better way to celebrate the end of my hiatus than with sales?
October is actually a great time to stock up on a handful of key things and goodies such as:
Generally speaking, most retailers offer great deals on jeans in October, especially in the second half of the month. This is due to the fact that retailers are dumping their late summer and early Autumn collections to make room for their Holiday merchandise. And you thought the holiday shopping season didn’t officially start until Black Friday. Use this time to score a great deal on new skinnies or maybe bell bottoms, if that’s your thing.
Just like denim, lingerie is a BIG holiday gifting item. So plenty of retailers, department stores and specialty shops alike, are prepping their sale racks to make room for pretty new winter-themed undies. The October lingerie sale trend may be due in part to the fact that late October sees the issuance of Victoria’s Secret’s BIG (and I mean it) Holiday catalog. Interest in new, flashy, opulent Christmas goodies makes their late summer/early Fall wares nearly irrelevant. Clever marketing for the early Christmas shopper, but good news for you if you’re in the market for new under-things and don’t want to pay full price.
We generally start to see winter apparel in the way of jackets, hats, gloves, scarves, etc. making appearances on store shelves sometime in September. So the fact that we start to see sales on these items in October seems a little soon, and kinda weird. To be clear, these aren’t the sort of winter clothing deals you’ll score right after Christmas or New Year’s, but if you need winter clothes, retailers are offering anywhere from 10% to 30% off or more on on-trend cold weather apparel.
Fall is the season of the harvest and boy, does it show. Starbucks brilliantly capitalizes on this with their ever-famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Delicious pumpkin-pie-in-a-cup’s aside (mm, it’s the stuff of dreams), there’s a plethora of delicious fruits and vegetables flooding grocery stores all over America. If you ever took economics, you know that when supply goes up, demand goes down, and so do prices. That means you can get great deals and cheap meals (rhyming unintentional) out of items like pumpkins, squash, apples, pears, kiwis, mushrooms, hearty leafy greens (think kale), and on and on.
Baking/Holiday Cooking Supplies
Seriously, if you know, or even have a vague inkling, that you’ll be a baking or cooking fiend this winter like I sometimes am, then you need to stock up on some non-perishable staples right now. Baking supplies (flour, sugar, oils, chocolate/ peanut butter/ butterscotch morsels, baking mixes, icing, canned fruits, etc) and holiday cooking supplies (oils, stuffing supplies and mixes, canned onions, canned pumpkin, Cream of- soups, gravies, broths, etc) tend to be marked up throughout November and December. Why? Because why not raise prices on these goods when everyone and their mother needs them to make extra money? Food retailers tend to mark these goods down in October to move any older items and make room for newer things, possibly with “limited edition” smacked on it to make it seem more interesting and relevant. Best stock up now to shave a little green off of your holiday grocery bill.
Quite frankly, this is just a small sampling of the things that go on sale in October. Other things include garden and patio items, HDTVs, and laptops. I am not sure if patio items are relevant to my readership, but as far as TVs and laptops are concerned, I advise you to just sit tight until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to snag the best deal you can.
So what are you waiting for? Go snap up some good deals! If you snag any that are brag-worthy, tell me about them below.
Until next time,