Hello again, everyone. Last month we wrote an article on September shopping. You can find it here. The response was so great that we decided to make it a yearlong monthly feature. Call it a harmony in 12 parts. Today, we tackle the Boo-rific month of October. Like last month, we’re categorizing the dos and don’ts into “say yes and say no.” Are you ready? Let’s shop!
Shopping in October is an interesting matter. Pre-planners are revved up to complete their Holiday purchasing. They have to be reined in. Procrastinators haven’t begun to think about Haloween. They have to be encouraged. The entire month is a festival of scary movies and a collective holding of our breath waiting for the main Holiday season to get underway. Use our guide for this month’s mall activity.
Say Yes to Jeans: Historically, October is a great month for buying jeans. These denim staples sit on the shelf from back-to-school until now, and retailers are sick of looking at them! The discounts are underway. So far, Gildshire has already seen jean promotional flyers for American Eagle Outfitters and Hollister. But, watch for the 50% BOGO sales that should hit the store any day now. They will be worth the wait.
Say Yes to Outdoor Dining Gear: Say it with me. “Stock up on what you recently needed.” That’s the money-saving drill your favorite aunt taught you when she bought 800 rolls of Christmas wrap on Dec. 26. As the autumn weather rolls in purchase the outdoor cooking and dining gear, you’ll need next summer. Need an example, or two? At Lowe’s, smokers and grills are on sale for 20-30% off.
Say (a Particular) Yes to Halloween Candy: Raise your hand if you’ve shopped early in October for Halloween candy only to eat it all before Oct. 31. Yeah, me too. So, here’s our tip. Buy your trick-or-treat candy as late as possible. Better yet consider bulk retailers (Costco-Sam’s Club-BJ’s etc.) to reduce your cost per candy corn unit.
Say Yes to Tacos: If you haven’t already, consider purchasing one of those “National Day” calendars. Follow the days and save enough money to more than make up the calendar cost, as food retailers offer specials to maximize their “day.” National Taco Day falls on Thursday, Oct. 4. Look for filled tortillas (pronounced “thorthilla” in certain circles.) at a reduced price.
Say Yes to Christopher Columbus: In a way. Actually, Chris was a wrong dude. However, his holiday provides a money-saving opportunity. Department stores like to host Christopher Columbus sales during the time leading up to Monday, Oct. 8. Last year, Macy’s cut prices deeply on watches and apparel. Kohl’s discounted select bedding, sweaters, and boots. If possible, reserve your non-Halloween buys for this coming weekend.
Say No to Cleaning Implements: Your floors and carpets have been telling you new floor care devices are going to be necessary sooner than later. Try to hang in there for a little while longer. Expect deep discounts on vacuum cleaners and floor cleaning supplies late in November. Your next best opportunities won’t come about until and early spring. On Black Friday, 2016 Gildshire saw sales on national vacuum brands at a variety of stores. At Kohls, the sticker price on the latest model bagless upright was $150 off, and shoppers got 75 bucks in Kohl’s cash! We will see similar savings this season.
Say No to Electronics: We know that it is a temptation, but hold off on the new TV, tablet, or laptop for a while longer. Black Friday is the Primo day for deals on new electronics. Your discipline will be handsomely paid off because if last year is any indication, Black Friday will be a blowout. A PlayStation 4 console was $199. Best Buy sliced $320 off one of their 50-inch TVs (in-store only). Target discounted by $50 some Fitbits and smartwatches.
Good luck and join us again next month. Won’t that one be fun? We can’t wait!