As we head into Fall, many retailers are trying to roll out Summer and seasonal merchandise, as well as make room for new models, creating some great deals on certain products. Here are the 10 best deals to be had right now.
When it comes to large appliances like washers, dryers, refrigerators, and dishwashers, October is a great time to buy. Manufacturers always unveil new models in the winter, making October the key month to unload last years models to make room for the new stuff. In order to do this, especially in a down economy, they have to sell them at a great discount.
Key stores to check: Home Depot.com, Lowe’s.com, and Best Buy.com.
Grass stops growing in November and December, and the demand for lawnmowers plummets, leaving retailers with inventory they have to store, which obviously costs a lot of money. So retailers put them on sale, making October the prime time to score a deal on a new mower. Don’t wait until next Spring to buy, you will pay 25% to 40% more than right now.
Key stores to check: Home Depot.com, Lowe’s.com, and Ace Hardware.com.
If your child doesn’t have everything they need for the new school year, don’t fret as deals abound. Many retailers over-bought school supplies and now have excess inventory they need to unload, much to your wallet’s happiness. This is also a good time to stock up for next year, or to buy cool Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers for your kids.
Key stores to check: Walmart.com, Target.com, and Office Depot.com.
Don’t wait until your fireplace is in full roar to buy a grate, poker, or hearth decor. By that time, retailers are in the driver’s seat and you’ll end up paying full price. October is the last month to find a good deal until next spring.
Key stores to check: Plow & Hearth.com, Novica.com, and Overstock.com.
Pretty much without fail, new bike models are unveiled every September. With this comes crowded showrooms and warehouses, making it essentially that bike shops and sporting good retailers unload last years models. As we head into October and even into November, shops will continue to slash prices in order to move out old models. So if you need a new bike, or are considering getting one for your child this Christmas, right now is a great time to shop.
Key stores to check: Modell’s.com, Sports Authority.com, and Dick’s Sporting Goods.com.
Swim and Pool Stuff
I was walking through my local Walmart the other day and was blown away with their clearance rack. It was chalked full of swim toys and water blasters priced up to 75% off the original price. Right now is a great time to stock up for next summer.
Key stores to check: Walmart.com and Target.com.
If you are NOT particular about having only the newest and latest, then October is a great time to buy a new digital camera. The main reason is because manufacturers tend to release new models heading toward the Christmas shopping season. Retailers are quite aware of this and need to sell last years models to make room for the new. Thus, many stores are currently selling cameras at a discount.
Key stores to check: BestBuy.com, Amazon.com and J&R.com.
If you need a new air conditioner for your home, don’t wait for triple digit heat to start your shopping, you will get racked over the coals. October is an excellent time to shop as many units will be on sale in order to clear out inventory space. This is especially true at big box stores like The Home Depot and Lowe’s. I personally saw some great deals (40% Off) on A/C units last weekend. As you have seen with much of my advice, the best time to get a deal on a product is to shop when nobody else is.
Key stores to check: Home Depot.com, Lowe’s.com, and Walmart.com.
You can set your watch by when tires go on sale every year. Specifically, every October, tire retailers offer incredible incentives to drivers to buy a new a set of tires before winter driving hits. So if you are driving on balding treads, right now is a great to buy. Not only will you get a nice discount, but that first winter storm won’t be quite so slippery with a good set of tires underneath you.
Key stores to check: Sears.com, Tire Rack.com, and JCWhitney.com.
BBQ’s are quite large as you can imagine and take up significant room. Thus, retailers need to clear them out once grilling season has ended in September. The end result: Deals abound on new grills right now! I personally bought our Weber grill in October and saved 20% off the sticker price.
Key stores to check: Home Depot.com, Lowe’s.com, and Sears.com.
So this Frugal Hack comes from a new reader here at Rather-Be-Shopping.com (who also happens to be a distant relative), which is WAY cool. Long story short, she scored a pair of $85 Silver brand jeans at Macy’s for $4.99!
So how the heck did she do it?
She was shopping at her local Macy’s and well, why don’t I just let her explain it in her own words…
Awesome. So let’s break this down a bit so you can give it a try. Here are some details to look for:
Look for Clearance Items
- By only looking at the clearance rack you’re much more likely to find items that will fit the “buy online and return to store” criteria.
- Look for items that are darn near out of stock which they don’t have in your size. This should not be that difficult.
- The only way this works is if the stores website is selling the item for more than the in-store price. This actually happens all the time as brick & mortar stores are constantly slashing prices in an effort to clear out inventory to make room for new styles.
How To Return and Re-Buy
- Once you find an item you want that is a screaming deal, just order from the website, return in-store, and re-buy at the lower in-store price.
- If the store you are shopping at has a smartphone app, and most big department stores do, make sure you download it and have it available when shopping in-store. You’ll be able to quickly see what the stores website is selling the item for and find some great deal opportunities.
- Here is a list of popular store apps to help facilitate this frugal hack:
Being Friendly Goes a LONG Way
- Because this hack requires you knowing if the store will let you return items in-store that were bought from their website, start up a friendly conversation with an employee and ask if this is an option. By being upfront with what you’re trying to accomplish it will take the stigma out of it. After-all, it is nothing more than smart shopping.
While this hack is not something you can take advantage of during every shopping trip, it certainly is something to be aware of, especially during the upcoming holiday shopping season when in-store and online pricing can very wildly.
Ask the Reader: Have you ever tried buying online and returning the item to the store in order to score a deal? Let me know how it worked out.
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