Fall deals: What to buy in October

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Ah, October.

The kids are finally getting settled into their school routines and weekends are devoted to leaf peeping and apple picking.

If your busy schedule allows time for some shopping, October is also a great time to replace those ratty gym shoes, book your holiday travel, refresh your cookware in advance of all those holiday parties you’ll be throwing, and, of course, purchase Halloween costumes for the family.

According to the deal experts at Slickdeals.net, here are the four categories you should focus on — plus a few known deals to help you get the most for your money.

1. Footwear

If you’ve worn your sneakers into the ground, or if someone on your holiday list is in need of a pair, now is the time to start looking. According to Slickdeals.net, retailers like Puma, Macy’s, Nike, and Adidas had footwear for 30% off in 2016, on average.

Current deals:

Kohl’s: 20% off select items already on sale with code WHATADEAL from Oct. 2-4.

Under Armour:10% off for students, military personnel, and first responders through Dec. 31.

FitFlop: 20% off men’s styles plus free shipping through Oct. 4.

Superga:5%-75% off select styles through Oct. 5.

Skechers: Free socks with orders over $50 and free shipping if you join at Skechers through Oct. 5.

Adidas: Up to 50% off apparel and footwear.

Puma: Up to 50% off women’s sale items, plus free shipping. 

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2. Travel

If you’re contemplating a trip home for the holidays, start looking at prices now. Last year saw sales on travel from Southwest ($44 one-way), WOW Air ($99 one-way to Iceland and $99 one-way to Europe), and JetBlue (30% off). Royal Caribbean also offered buy two, get two free deals for select cruises in November and December. 

Current deals:

Avis: Up to 25% off car rentals with promo code S951601, and a free car upgrade with promo code UUGA037.

Expedia: 10% off select hotels when you join Expedia+, plus up to 40% off select trips through Jan. 31, 2019.

Hertz: 15% off car rentals through Oct. 31.

Travelocity:Sliding scale discount based on spend, starting at $10 off $100 through Oct. 2.

AccorHotels: 30% off and a free breakfast for bookings made on AccorHotels.com for bookings Oct. 16 through Oct. 20.

3. Cookware and small appliances

Whether you’re gearing up for your annual holiday hosting or your cookware is looking worn, you’ll find solid deals this month. Last year, Slickdeals saw deep discounts on brands like OXO, Lodge, Crock-Pot, and Pyrex and deals from retailers like Target and Bloomingdale’s.

Current deals:

Bloomingdale’s:20% off almost all small electrics, gadgets, and cookware at Bloomingdales.com during the Friends Family Sale through 10/9. Look for promo code FRIENDS as you shop online.

Best Buy: 20% off select small appliances with promo code SAVEONSMALLSNOW.

BJ’s: $20 to $30 off select appliances (including FoodSaver,Keurig, and Farberware) at BJ’s and BJs.com through Oct. 18.

Kohl’s:  $10 off your home purchase of $50 or more with code HOME10 from Oct. 12 to Oct. 22.

Sur La Table: 20% off clearance items with promo code EXTRA20.

Home Depot: Sliding scale discounts starting at 15% off $75 or more with promo code BUYMOREDECOR; up to 20% off seasonal essentials like slow cookers, rice cookers, popcorn makers, and specialty cookware through Oct. 20.

4. Halloween costumes

With Halloween around the corner, now is a good time to grab this year’s costumes. The longer you can wait before the big day, however, the lower the prices will be at stores like Buy Costumes and Kohl’s—but the pickings will get slimmer the closer you get to Halloween. If you like to think ahead, shop the clearance sales in early November to get your costume for next year.

Current deals:

Halloween Express: 20% off by providing your email.

Spirit Halloween: $5 off $30 purchases, $10 off $50, and $25 off $100 with code LEAVES15 through Oct. 6.

Halloween Mall: 25% off select costumes and accessories through Oct. 7.

Halloween City: $10 to $24 off select costumes through Nov. 5.

Kmart: 10% off posable spiders with code KBOO.

What not to buy in October

iPhone 8

If you’re an “Apple person,” you’re probably eager to get your hands on the iPhone 8, but you should wait to buy if you’re looking for savings: Black Friday and Cyber Monday offer better chances to get a deal. With the iPhone X coming out in November, that could mean even more favorable pricing on the 8 in November.

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Ready to trade or sell your old iPhone to get some cash for the new one? Columnist Jennifer Jolly sifts through the various resale sites, including Apple’s, for the best deals.
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Jennifer Jolly, Special for USA TODAY

Electronics

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best days to buy electronics, so if you can hold off on purchasing laptops, TVs, smart watches, tablets, and Amazon devices, you should.

Smart shopping means smart saving. Visit our Personal Finance Learning Center to learn more strategies for taking control of your finances and saving for the future.

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Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist, TV presenter, spokesperson and educator, specializing in beauty, tech, apps, toys, gift guides and smart shopping.

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