Ask Brad: What To Buy October 2021

Ask Brad

Now that you’ve done your best to squeeze out the last bit of summer in September, it’s finally time to admit October is here and embrace fall. That means colorful trees, cozy sweaters, pumpkin-this, pumpkin-that, and oh yeah – great deals! Read on to find out the best of the best .

Halloween Costumes and Decor

We’re so excited for all of the ‘spooktacular’ Halloween deals we are seeing this year. If you’re not dead set on being a popular Disney character or focusing on a trendy 2021 theme and are open to something more evergreen, then wait until a couple of days before Halloween to get your costume. This is one of the few items retailers don’t have much use for beyond October. But be sure to have a Plan B, or C, or D just in case they don’t have what you’re looking for discounts happening this month. 

Grills and Outdoor Furniture

With Labor Day being the last official backyard barbecue holiday of the year, retailers are starting to focus on the indoors and doing their best to move outdoor gear out of their doors. Keep an eye out for great deals on patio tables, chairs, umbrellas, and even grills.


At this point, school has been back in session for weeks and retailers are eager to get rid of the leftover clothing inventory that they brought in for their back-to-school sales. Jeans are especially discounted this time of year and who doesn’t love denim in the fall?!  Here are some of our best finds on jeans.

Camping Gear

Want to find deals on camping items you can still use this year? Well then check out outdoor stores putting their best camping gear on sale. With October being that sweet spot in the year between low chances of snowstorms and low chances of heatwaves – and stores discounting things like tents and sleeping bags – your best camping trip of the year may be right around the corner.

Air Conditioners

With consumers finally ready to give in to the cold and cozy up next to the fireplace, retailers know cooling off is not a priority for their customers. So what’s a merchant to do? Give their air conditioning units hard-to-resist prices! And it’s not just the price that makes October an ideal month to buy. For those buying window units, it’s easier to carry up four flights of stairs and install in cool October, rather than on the first steamy June day. And for those buying a central AC system? There’s less demand in October, which means a faster response and install time from your local HVAC contractor.

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