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Coupon Abbreviations
  • SC = Store Coupon
  • MC = Manufacturer Coupon
  • SS = Smart Source
  • RP = Red Plum
  • PG = Proctor and Gamble
Coupon Terms
  • WYB = When You Buy
  • B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free
  • .75/1 = 75 cents off one item
  • .75/3 = 75 cents off three items
  • EXP = Expiration Date

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things to not buy in october

For all of us trying to save money, sometimes the key is when not to buy something rather than who has the best price.  There are items that no matter the “sale” they will never be the best price right now.

Here’s a list to help you this month:

8 Things Not to Buy in October

Electronics –
If you have waited this long to buy a new TV or computer then you can wait one more month.  Most items will be considerably less as we get closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  So just hold your horses a little while longer.

Tools –
Most tools only go on sale at Christmas time or Father’s Day, so this is like electronics.  You’ve waited this long, just make do one more month.

Costumes –
I know you think I’m wrong here… nope.  You are basically asking to pay full price to buy costumes in October.  The best deals on anything costumes or scary is in November.  Plan now for what you want next year and get ready to grab it on November 1st!

Toys –
Toy manufacturer’s release all of the new toys for Christmas during September and October.  While you will find older toys possibly on sale, you’ll never find the new “hot” toys on sale since they just hit shelves.  Just wait, they will promote them and put them on sale after mid November.

Boots, Fall Clothing & Winter Coats –
Just like costumes, fall and winter items are top dollar right now.  We want to think about clothing a season ahead.  The best you’ll find right now is 30% off, but if wait until March you’ll find items marked down 60% or more.

Jewelry & Perfumes –
Now isn’t the time to buy engagement rings…  It’s rare to see many markdowns on “gift” items in October.  You’ll see bigger discounts closer to the holidays, so just wait.  If you aren’t ready at Christmas, then you’ll see markdowns again in January for early Valentines shopping.

Gym Memberships –
This is the month that everyone stops using their gym memberships and definitely isn’t the month to buy a new membership.  Wait for deals the very end of December and the entire month of January.  For now just go run around the neighborhood and save the money!

So what can you buy this month?

Last Years Apple Products –
Every September 14th Apple announces their new line of products coming out.  By the beginning of October these models are hitting the market and older models are marked down.  Now is the time if you want an Apple 5C or 6!

Summer Clothing & Accessories –
Summer gear is crazy discounts by October.  If you see sizes you or your kids will fit in next year then grab them up.  We are seeing 75% off toys and gear at Dollar General, Target and a number of other stores!

Gardening Tools –
Planting season is over for most of the US, so stores are marking down wheelbarrows, pruning shears and everything in between.  Stock up for next years garden, even the seeds will keep.

Grills, Patio Sets & Air Conditioners –
Most stores are clearing sections to make room for Christmas.  You’ll find the space hogging items on large markdowns.  This is the best month out of the entire year to buy patio furniture, so if you have been holding out don’t wait too long.

    • Tammy

      appliances are suppose to be a good buy in October. New models coming out and they need to clear the old ones.

    • stephanie

      we just bought a window ac from lowes…(had to , our other completely died) they were normal price, we asked customer service if they could give a discount since the “season ” was over, eventho we live in FLa, always a minimum of 80 year riound, they gave us 10% off, then I used my lowes card for 0% int for 6 mos. :)

    • Raye & Ashley Farquhar

      Tammy is right about the appliances. I worked appliances for an orange box over 4 years. Columbus Day sale was pretty good then shortly after that we’d clearance some floor models to make room for the new stuff for Black Friday usually lasting the whole month of November.

    • Jen T.

      Do you know what is the best time to buy a washer and dryer? I’ve never had my own and finally have a place where I can install my own!

    • cmjking1217

      I have to disagree slightly with the costume. I just bought my son a Link from Zelda costume (complete) from Kmart for $15, normally $40 and then I got my daughter a Rapunzel light up sparkle dress from Walmart for $18 normally $40. The dress comes complete with gloves, dress that has lights, and a shawl. I tried waiting until after Halloween last year and the shelves were basically picked over and the costumes were not complete.