What to Buy in October
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What to Buy in October

Posted on Monday, October 7th, 2013 at 7:00 am
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piggy bank, woman saving moneyEvery month, there are certain things that will be at their lowest prices of the year. Shop smart, and you can save money on items that will cost more in just a few weeks. It helps if you know what month, or what season, things go on sale. Here are some things that you should buy in October, in order to get the very best deals.

Health Insurance
The health insurance marketplaces opened on October 1, 2013. You are now able to visit HealthCare.gov and find out what it can offer you. Some of you will be eligible for subsidies that will help you pay for a good health insurance plan. Others may be eligible for Medicare.

Those that already have health insurance coverage can compare what the marketplace has to what your current plan costs and covers. It doesn’t cost anything at all to take a look. The plans that are purchased through the health insurance marketplaces will go into affect on January 1, 2014.

Toys
October is the month to start Christmas shopping for your children, nieces, and nephews. Toys start going on sale this month. Stores do this in the hopes that you will return to them in a few months when you need to buy “just one more present” for a child in your family.

Halloween stuff
The middle of October is the best time to buy a Halloween costume. Stores start to put them on sale in the hopes of selling the Halloween stuff as quickly as possible. They need that shelf space for the Christmas stuff. Buy your costume, or a costume for your child, in the middle of October.

The prices will be lower than they were at the end of September, and the selection should still be plentiful. Smart shoppers will get what they absolutely need right now for this Halloween. Wait to buy “extras” until after the holiday is over (when the prices will drop again).

Air Conditioning
This may sound strange if you live in a state that is already getting plenty of snow. Oddly enough, the snow and cold weather is the reason why the cost of air conditioning drops in October. Ask around to see what deals the private A/C companies are offering. Compare that to what Sears can do for you. You can save money, and the hassle of trying to buy air conditioning next summer.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.