It’s October…and don’t we love October? But for us savvy shoppers, there doesn’t seem to be a lot in the way of sales. Right now, we’re gearing up for Halloween, which means cash for candy and costumes. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which means food and Fall decor. And before you know it, we’re making out our Christmas wish lists. And everything is on “sale.” So how do we navigate the inbox full of promotions, sales and deals? For one thing, when it comes to bigger ticket items, know when to shop. There are certain times of the year (outside of the traditional days, like Black Friday), when prices decrease and no one makes a splash about it.
According to Consumer Reports, October is the best time to shop for the following:
- Digital cameras
- Gas grills
- Lawn mowers
- Winter coats
- Broadway tickets (before it gets crazy busy)
Some of these items are going out of season (like mowers, grills and bikes) and off season is always a great time to reap savings. As for technology, these are usually restocked and updated in July, October and January. You can always buy leftovers from previous months on sale (and if not, ASK). Similarly, when it comes to big ticket items like appliances, we’re nearing the end of the year, where last year’s models should begin to go on sale.
When it comes to Winter coats, the rush comes in mid-November. When it comes to jeans and other apparel, now is REALLY the best time to shop back-to-school, since the rush is over and items are slashed.
Whatever your agenda, gear up to do some major shopping now, because prices will get hiked in time for the holiday rush before coming down again in January.
Even if you’re heading out to the store this week for a quick trip on your lunch hour, you need to this before planning your week:
Target usually marks down kid’s clothes on Monday, women’s clothes on Tuesday, and men’s on Wednesday. TJX retailers (TJ Maxx, Marshalls and Homegoods) put items on clearance on Wednesday.
When November hits, look for these items:
- Baby products
- Gas grills
- GPS navigators