The holidays are approaching, fast. Zero pressure, but it never hurts to get a jump-start on shopping—and saving—now. (After all, the early bird gets to relax and put her feet up instead of fighting crowds at the mall.) Here, a handful of items that are on sale this month, whether you’re looking for gifts or just want to splurge on yourself.
Here’s the deal: The new (and über-fancy) models tend to get announced in early fall, which means they hit shelves just in time for Christmas shopping, aka end of November. As a result, stores are eager to clear dated inventory now, hence the massive markdowns on 2017 models. If you don’t see a percentage off, don’t fret: The discount might come in the form of a package deal (like free telephoto lenses or a high-tech camera bag) that comes included with your new DSLR.
Garden centers are on a mission: To clear the way for fall and holiday plants by mid-month. That’s why early October is a great time to find savings on summer plants, trees and shrubs. Don’t worry—you can still plant low-maintenance perennials like daylilies or peonies now since cooler temps are actually more conducive to growing roots. Just keep your eyes peeled for fliers promoting weekend plant sales. (All hail the buy one, get two free deal.)
Toys and Games
Sure, it’s not quite the holiday season yet, but toy vendors are starting to release the toys that will be on every kid’s wish list this Christmas. (Cue the new Hatchimals and Wonder Woman Lego sets.) This means you’ll start to see markdowns on toys and games that your kid is still totally eager to have, ranging from Shopkins to Despicable Me merch and more—sometimes for as much as 50 percent off.
Now that the back-to-school rush is over, denim—jeans, jackets, chambray button-downs—is significantly marked down. This isn’t to say that all denim will be sold at a savings, but leftover inventory meant for September sales (designer labels included) could go for as much as 50 percent off.
Even if your spring or summer wedding feels a million months away, focusing in on the little (and typically last-minute) details could score you hefty savings if you shop ahead of time. For example: Bridesmaid gifts like colorful monogrammed robes or favors like personalized M&Ms tend to be sold at a discount in the bridal off-season. Even better, you could shop and apply holiday coupons—a win-win.