Best Deals in October 2019 (and What to Avoid!)

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October is a popular month, especially if you live in an area where there are seasonal changes. The leaves are vibrant, we can take our sweaters and jackets out of storage and the month ends with a spooky bang: Halloween. October is also a great month to save on home decor and other items for your home (great prep for your holiday entertaining!). In terms of flow, we’ll see a smattering of sales early in the month, but unlike September where there’s that Labor Day rush at the beginning, deals will spike mid-month over Columbus Day and remain strong through Halloween. Here are the best deals in October:

Home Deals

This month, you’ll find solid sales on everything for the home; from furniture to bed and bath items to appliances at retailers big and small. The timing is perfect for sprucing up the house in advance of holiday entertaining and even doing some early holiday shopping.

Aroma360: For the month of October, this global leader in home scenting is offering 15 percent off its Fall 2019 scent collection with code FALLINLOVE. Scents include Autumn Leaves, Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin Spice, Mulled Wine, Candy Corn and Hot Toddy.

Bed, Bath & Beyond: Save 60 percent off select Isaac Mizrahi Home comforter sets. Valid through Oct. 31. Also, save up to 30 percent off Harvest table linens through Nov. 28.

Build.com: During the Fall Bathroom Sale, which is valid Oct. 1 – 31, save up to 30 percent on a wide range of bathroom fixtures and features. From Oct. 14 – 21, save an extra 10 percent on select products for the kitchen, bathroom, hardware and more during the One Week Sale with the coupon code ONEWEEK.

Canary and King: Need stylish party essentials and serve wear for the upcoming holidays? Save 20 percent off sitewide from Oct. 2-15.

Cariloha:This brand of luxurious bedding, bath goods and apparel made from bamboo is having two sales this month. From Oct. 15-16, save 30 percent off sitewide and on Oct. 22, save 25 percent off bedding.

Chili: The makers of temperature-controlled mattress pads that encourage deep sleep are offering 15 percent off your choice of the original chiliPAD sleep system or the OOLER sleep system. Valid from Oct. 1-Nov. 5 with code TrickorTreat15.

Duop: Save 20 percent off refill pad sets from the world’s first floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree cleaning system. Valid Oct. 1-15.

Feel Good Foods: These quick-to-prepare finger foods are perfect for an impromptu gathering! They are on sale at Target for $4.49 (regularly $4.99) for the month of October. Choose from pepperoni or cheese snack bites, chicken & chipotle taquitos or vegetable egg rolls.

Home Depot: Save up to 20 percent off select bedding and bath items with code BEDBATH20.Valid through Oct. 12. Also, save up to 10 percent select furniture and home decor with code AFFLIATE10. Valid through Oct. 7.

Lowe’sSave up to 50 percent off clearance lighting. Valid through Oct. 11.

Macy’sExtra 25% off Customer Celebration Event + free shipping on $75+ with code THANKS. Valid 10/16-10/20

My Magic Mud:Save 25 percent off premium activated charcoal and calcium bentonite clay powders, ideal for face masks and spot treatments. Coupon available on Amazon.

ReVent: Save 20 percent off humidity-reducing fans with DIY installation. Code ReVentOct. Valid Oct. 1-31.

Columbus Day Deals

One of my favorite things – a 3-day weekend! Not only do we score a day off, but it’s an excellent opportunity to score deals. What we can expect is a plethora of early end-of-season sales on fall merchandise, and some of the home deals I referenced above will occur over this long weekend. Just keep in mind that with 3-day weekend sales, they come and go in a flash, with most sales ending at midnight on the holiday. It’s important to note that some retailers like to keep their 3-day weekend deals a secret until a few days before, so a lot more sales will be revealed as we get closer.

28 Collective: All engraved cutting boards will be 20 percent off with free personalization and free shipping over $50. The cutting boards are handmade in the USA by the Amish craftsmen and ship within 1-2 days.

AJ Madison: During the Columbus Day Sale, save up to 45 percent off home appliances.  Valid Sept. 26-Oct.16.

Art Studio Live: Host a Paint Party, Made Easy! During the Columbus Day Sale, use code TRUETRAE30 to get $30 off the Paint Party Pack (originally $79.95), which is a DIY paint party, led by streaming video.

Asics: Save up to 68 percent off Women’s Training Shoes through Oct. 17. Save up to 65 percent off Men’s Running Shoes through Oct. 14.

Bibito: This line of modern silicone baby bibs is offering 10 percent off and free shipping with the code PACKS from Oct. 1-15. Bibito will also donate $1 from each bib to the Partnership With Native Americans backpack drive benefiting indigenous youth. Valid Oct. 1-15.

Cookies Con Amore: This gourmet Italian cookie bakery is offering 20 percent off any of traditional or gluten-free cookies with code Trae20. Valid through Oct. 19..

Del Sol:These color-changing products and accessories featuring proprietary Spectrachrome technology will be 40 percent off sitewide from Oct. 14-15.

DC Shoes: Use code MORE30 and get 30 percent off when you purchase three sale items. Valid through Nov. 1.

Ekster: Save 20 percent off the best-selling Ekster 3.0 Parliament Wallet, which is a voice-activated, solar-powered smart wallet with RFID protection. Code COLUMBUS20, Valid Oct. 11-18.

Emily Claire Jewelry: Save 25 percent off all styles of beautiful, handmade earrings (perfect for holiday gifts). Valid Oct. 12-14.

Famous Footwear: Save up to 60 percent off Women’s sandals and up to 40 percent off Men’s slides. Valid through Oct. 14.

Lokus Nutrition: This brand of high grade CBD oil is offering 20 percent off any order with code Lokus20. Valid Oct. 11-18.

Patriot Coolers: Save 10 percent off the best-selling Patriot SoftPak Cooler 20, which is the perfect tailgating accessory. Promo code MSN10OCT19.Valid through Oct. 31.

Pure Wine: These wine filters that eliminate the histamines and sulfites that cause wine allergies are 25 percent off with code COLUMBUS25. Valid Oct. 1-17.

Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty from Funrise: Save 20 percent on the oversized, light-up Rainbow Butterfly Unicorn Kitty Action Power Paws, and save over 15 percent off the Rainbow Kitty Vision Mask with prisma lenses and light-up horn on Amazon. Valid Oct. 11-24.

ReebokDuring the Friends & Family sale, save an extra 50 percent off markdowns, plus 30 percent off regular-priced items with code FAM.

Shoes.com: Save up to 79 percent off women’s shoes and up to 73 percent off men’s shoes through Oct. 10.

Halloween Deals

With Halloween around the corner, you’re probably thinking about all the costumes, candy and the spooky supplies needed to kick your décor up a notch. You’ll see some deals now, but prices will drop the longer you wait before the big day. Just keep in mind, bargain shoppers, that the selection will thin as the month progresses.

Angel Jackets: This site, which carries leather jackets and costumes, is having a sale on their Star Wars-themed jackets and gloves. Discounts are between 10-33 percent off. Save an additional $10 with code AJ10. Valid through Oct. 31

Audra Style: This site, which sells colorful, hand-painted accessories, is offering 25 percent off Halloween/Day of the Dead earrings from Oct. 1-31 with coupon code SUGARSKULL.

Birdy Boutique: Looking for easy car seat-safe costumes for the kids? Save 30 percent off the Dino Spikes and Unicorn fleece animal ponchos with code COSTUMEDEAL on Amazon. Valid October 1-31.

Armitron Watches: During the Halloween Sale, save 30 percent and get free shipping on all watch styles with code HALLOWEEN. On October 31 only.

Bridburg.com: This online Postmodernist art gallery is offering $75 off all prints of ‘Halloween’ by David Bridburg with code YUUEEN. Valid Sept. 20 – Oct. 22.

Film Jackets: This online store that deals in movie clothing items is offering the Empire Strikes Back Han Solo Jacket from Star Wars Episode V for $99 (originally $189). Save an extra $10 off plus free shipping when you enter your email address.

Go Fun Face!: From now through Oct. 31, save 15 percent off creativeanimal masks featuring one-of-a-kind artistic designs. Promo code Boo.

Halloweencostumes.com: For the month of October, this online Halloween costume shop is offering select ugly Halloween sweaters for 10-20 percent off and select kids’ sweaters are over 65 percent off.

Hilton Orlando: From now through Nov. 2, get late check out, daily complimentary breakfastand premium Wi-Fi with theRoomwithaBoopackage. A great way to enjoy all the spooky happenings in and around Orlando, FL!

Intact Hair & Scalp Primer: Save 30 percent off with code TraeIntact30 on either the 2oz. or 4oz. size of this hair treatment. Excellent for before and after Halloween hair madness! Valid Oct. 1-31.

Martino by Martino Cartier: Get your Halloween hair styling on with The Power Couple duo, which includes the Turbo Quick Dry SprayandPower Ball Compact Hair Dryer. The promotional price is $42 with code Power42 (a $129 value!). Valid Oct. 1-31.

Spirit Halloween: This Halloween retailer is offering 20 percent off one item with code 19SPIRITG7. Valid through Oct. 31. Also, American Express customers will receive $10 back when they spend $50 or more.  

Sprinkle Pop: Save 20 percent off designer Halloween baking decoration sprinkle mixes when you sign up for the Sprinkle Pop e-mail list. Valid Oct. 1-31.

SunShine Botanicals: This herbal and corrective skincare brand is offering their popular Pumpkin Power Peel Kit for $65 (originally $85) with code Pumpkin. Valid Oct. 15-Nov. 1.

TALIX Organics: With code TRUETRAE20, save 20 percent off the Rose Quartz HydraGlow, a powerful serum combiningvitamins B3, B5, B6, C, and E. Valid Oct. 1-31.

What Not to Buy

Electronics

The Black Friday/Cyber Monday timeframe is the best time of the year to buy electronics, like TV’s, PC’s, smartwatches and tablets. It’s right around the corner if you can wait!

Toys

You may be thinking of doing some early holiday shopping for the kids on your list, but I would advise against it if you’re thinking about toys. Wait until later in the season – even as late as December – for toy deals.

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