I can’t believe it’s October already. Besides ghoulish decorations and costumed kiddies, October brings some scary good clearance buys, pre-season (you know what season I mean) deals, and Columbus Day sales.
Here’s what I expect to see this October, based on sales we saw in previous years. These sales and coupons don’t always make a return appearance, but they quite often do.
- Costume clearance should ramp up after October 1. Look for discounts of 30% off or more and expect to see several stores with 50% off. We should also see some daily deal costume offerings at Groupon and the like–$10 for $20 at various online stores, etc. We’ll also see big discounts on Halloween accessories–like those cute totes from Lands End. Target had BOGO FREE Hallween costumes on 10/4 last year.
- Last year Amazon ran a Baby Jogger promo in October that started on the first of the month: Get a free second seat with purchase of a Baby Jogger City Select stroller.
- Snapfish and Shutterfly are known to offer penny prints and free prints deals in early October. We should also see a few more free cards deals.
- Columbus Day is October 10. Expect Columbus Day Sales to start up next week. Look for them at Pottery Barn Kids, Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, Stride Rite, Macy’s and other retailers. Expect great deals on outerwear, shoes, costumes, and more. I’ll publish a big round up of the sales as they start appearing.
- Old Navy’s birthday is shortly after Columbus Day. Look for them to celebrate with a sale.
- Target usually releases a bunch of Toy Coupons around the middle of the month. They’ll be good through the end of the year.
- Look for photo book and photo gift deals around mid month from Shutterfly, Snapfish et al. Snapfish ran a 50% off sitewide sale just after mid month last year, and Shutterfly had 50% off photo books. We should see some earlybird photo card deals, too; aim for scoring holiday cards for 30 to 50% off.
- The middle of the month last year brought BOGO Free Little Tikes toys at ToysRUs.
- Gymboree’s Fall Sale should kick off around the 20th. Expect an extra 50% off markdowns and more.
- The week before Halloween will bring some nice clearance deals on Halloween themed decor and costumes.
- Target released a $10 off $50 toy coupon at the beginning of week four last year (around the 21st). Kohl’s released a $10 off $40 toy coupon a few days later.
- Expect to see more “pre-season” toy sales in weeks three and four. Look for them at Toys R Us and elsewhere. These may also come in the form of one-day sales at brand websites like Fisher-Price and Mattel. Last year Fisher-Price ran a $10 off $50 sale just before mid month, for example.
- Last week during the final week of the month Amazon ran a deal for an extra 25% off athletic shoes for the family. Fingers crossed that they bring it back this year.
- Keep an eye out for a Fall Outlet Sale at Petunia Pickle Bottom at the end of week four.
- Expect lots of food deals on Halloween (October 31). Last year we saw free donuts at Krispy Kreme, $1.31 scoops at Baskin-Robbins. .5o corn dogs at Sonic. and more.
- Look for toy books from your favorite stores during the final week of the month.
- Believe it or not, we should also start to see Black Friday previews and sneak peeks starting at the end of the month. Yikes!
- Watch for great model-year-clearance bargains to be had on everything that has a model year–car seats, high chairs, etc.
- Yard sales continue in warmer areas. Local kiddie consignment sales continue, too.
Ready or not, holiday-themed sales start November 1. Or earlier. I’ll be updating all the Toys Kids Play With lists later this month.
Know of any October sales, deals or coupons I missed? Let us know in the comments.
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