October's Best Buys

Seven On Your Side
October 1, 2013 2:18:44 PM PDT
Don't get scared away from saving in October, there are some deals if you know where to look, but a few bad apples in the bunch can spoil your budget.

October is tricky, because we're a month away from November which brings all the Black Friday steals.

There are great deals on travel, but plenty of tricks along with treats this month, which is why we'll start with what not to buy.

Hold the cold this month! As in cold weather gear. Boots and jackets will be at the highest price points of the year.

You'll also get taken to the cleaners if you spring for a new washer in October. Mark Locastro of Dealnews.com says they found double the number of deals on large appliances, like washers dryers and fridges, next month.

HDTVS and laptops are also on the "don't buy" list , you'll regret the splurge when you see half off Black Friday sales.

On the "do buy" list this month, buy some time: time off, that is.

October is a shoulder season in the travel business. Off peak prices combined with in-season weather equals rock bottom deals on cruises and airfare. If you don't fear hurricane season, vacation savings are huge, especially to summer destinations and Europe.

If you'd rather stay domestic, getting behind the wheel of a 2013 car model this month will save you hundreds if youre buying or leasing.

School supplies are also in the bargain bin now so stock up. End of season camp gear is on clearance too.

Lastly don't wait for that Great White Way show you've been meaning to see. Curtains up on Broadway in October, when tourism slows down, but deals abound.

Music is also cheap this month, as many artists drop new albums in October.

A big trend recently has been for bands to pre-release several tracks or even the whole album for free for fans, so keep an eye on your Facebook fan pages and sites likes Amazon and Dealnews for the scoop on music.