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The Best Buys in October

If you're looking for deals, October is a great time to grab everything from wine to landscaping plants. Here's how to find some great fall bargains.

I really love the fall season; the weather, the trees—and the great deals. October is a month known for significant savings. Retailers are trying their best to clear the shelves for holiday and winter merchandise. This month you can find some of the best deals on everything from nuts and trees, to toys and wine.

Wardrobes for kids: This is the time to take advantage of post-back-to-school sales and end of summer clearances. I think resale stores like Plato's Closet are a wonderful way to put together an entire wardrobe at a fraction of the retail price. You can also sell your kid’s gently worn clothes to resale shops to earn some extra money. This is a great way to teach your kids the value of a dollar. Have them sell some of their items they no longer wear, and reinvest that money into newer items. If shopping online, be sure to check for promo codes before making any purchase.

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Shrubs & trees: Creating an outdoor living space has become almost an obsession for consumers. With more people entertaining at home, this investment makes sense. If you are in the market to spruce up your yard, many nurseries will be discounting larger, outdoor warm-weather plants this month. Depending on the climate you live in, consult with an experienced salesperson to make sure your purchase will survive the cold winter months. Trees and shrubs are typically a good, sustainable choice this time of the year, and fall is often a good time to plant.

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Pink products: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and many manufacturers and retailers will sell pink products or items with pink ribbons. This can be a win-win since a percentage of your purchase will go to breast cancer charities. Before you buy an item, you can usually find out exactly how much of the proceeds will go to the charity by either asking a sales associate or checking online. This is also the time of year that local medical facilities and hospitals will offer free workshops and programs on breast health and other resources. Reduced-cost or no-cost mammogram and breast exam events are typically held across the country. If interested, you can contact your local hospital to find out what services they will be offering in your area.

Nuts: This is the month to go nuts over nuts! Friday, Oct. 22 is National Nut Day. Expect to find special promotions and sales on everything nuts. Nuts can be a healthy and satisfying snack to have on hand. If you find a great deal and want to stock up, consider keeping some nuts in the refrigerator or freezer.

Wine: October is one of the months that falls into the height of harvest season for the Northern hemisphere. Many wineries are rotating their current stock for new bottles. Check for special promotions and often times you can get a case discount if you ask for it. This is also a really good time to support California winemakers who have been affected by the fires of both 2020 and 2021.

Toys: Kids will be making their holiday wish lists soon, so Santa needs to get busy. Popular toys of 2021 may sell out fast, so plan ahead. As retailers are making room for the hottest toys of the season, you can find great deals on a range of other toys. Check to see if last year’s top toys are discounted.

Vaccines: This is the time of year to look into flu shots. If you qualify for a Covid booster shot, pharmacies and hospitals have started rolling these free vaccines out.

Jeanette Pavini is an Emmy Award winning journalist specializing in consumer news and protection. She is the author of “The Joy of $aving: Money Lessons I Learned From My Italian-American Father & 20 Years as a Consumer Reporter.” Jeanette is a regular contributor to TheStreet. Her work includes reporting for CBS, MarketWatch, WSJ Sunday, and USA Today. Jeanette has contributed to “The Today Show” and a variety of other media outlets. You can follow her money saving tips and ways to give back on Facebook: Jeanette Pavini: The Joy of $aving Community. Find links to her social media and her book at JeanettePavini.com.