This year, Columbus Day falls on Monday, October 9, 2023 — meaning shoppers can set sail for a full weekend of early fall bargains.
As the weather cools big retailers like Walmart, Target and Macy's will be hoping to lure in shoppers with their first sales of the year on sweaters, scarves, hats, and winter coats.
With the holidays right around the corner, also watch for sales ads heralding spectacular deals on furniture, mattresses, recliners, and other home furnishings just before holiday company arrives. (And be sure to take advantage of lay-away plans and no interest payments on big ticket items.)
And speaking of big ticket items, October is the ideal time to start looking for current model cars that dealerships want to unload before next year's models come rolling in. Wait until December and prices drop even lower. But if you're looking for the best selection October is prime time since options begin to dwindle towards the end of the year.
Columbus Day weekend is the time to pounce if you're looking to replace well-worn
gardening equipment, patio furniture, lawn decorations or summer air conditioners.
Best Buy and other big electronics retailers will also be looking to move surplus inventory from back-to-school and Labor Day sales -- so take advantage of sales on electronics and laptops with anywhere from 10-50% off regular prices this month.
Looking to replace your air conditioner? You'll see prices drop as sharply as the temperatures in October. Meanwhile, at local home garden centers, look for the cheapest prices of the year on patio furniture, lawn decorations, and garden equipment just as the first hint of frost rolls in.
Finally, what else does October mean? Halloween! Be patient and you can expect to scare up a real bargain on Halloween costumes and Halloween party decorations as prices drop anywhere from 50-75% off just before the clock ticks down to the 31st.