Poor October. There’s no real holiday sales, and you should hold off on a lot of purchases until November’s Black Friday sales.
But there are still some bargains to be had this month!
We couldn’t find any freebies or handouts this month. If you know of any, please post them in the comments section of the blog.
What to Buy
We all know the best time to buy a Halloween costume is on November 1st. But believe it or not, most Halloween specialty stores discount their inventory the week before Halloween to clear out their stock.
It’s still a great time to buy last year’s models of cars. By next month, you’ll have slimmer pickings of choices, if any are left.
It’s a great time to travel to summer-heavy destinations like Europe. And it’s a good time to visit Summer/Winter destinations like Hawaii and Mexico. It’s also a great time to take a cruise. The weather is still quite good and there are many deals to be had.
Denim is still a good buy right now.
School supplies are in the bargain bin, so stock up for later in the year.
End of season garden plants are also at near clearance prices.
What to Avoid
If you can wait to buy a new appliance until November, then hold off. The prices are good because the manufacturers are releasing their new models but the prices will be much better during Black Friday sales.
Also, don’t buy a new television right now. Hold off until those great Black Friday deals.
It’s also not the time to buy winter clothes. Wait until January.
And hold off on cookware.
Fruits and Vegetables In Season
This wonderful list was published by The Daily Californian, a blog with wonderful ideas for eating in season.
- BERRIES: Blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries — make blackberry tarts and blueberry scones, eat them fresh and go wild.
- LIME: Key lime meringue pie, honey-lime glaze grilled chicken, lime sorbet — the options are endless.
- FIG: It’s an excellent autumn fruit that comes up from summer and winds down in November — make bacon-wrapped figs or fig-and-pancetta salad.
- GRAPE: How about grape jelly or some chicken salad with grapes?
- KIWI: They’re ripe and ready to eat at the end half of fall, October and November, and strawberry kiwi smoothie is a refreshing no-brainer.
- MELON: Cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelons are best enjoyed in the summer heat, but they’re still in great shape in October — and cantaloupe-lime-chili soup, poached shrimp with honeydew and jicama as well as watermelon, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar bruschetta are just a few quick recipes you can try with melons.
- PEAR: Fall is the best season to grab these beauties — eat the Barlett or Comice fresh, poach or bake the Bosc for desserts and top a few slices of Asian pear in your noodle soup for some crunchy sweetness.
- POMEGRANATE: Fall is in, and so are pomegranates — their tartness is perfect for salads and chicken stews.
- CORN: It peaks in September and October — ironic considering corn is big during Thanksgiving, and you’d think they’d be peaking in November as well! Grill them as a side, simmer them to make corn soup, add them to your salmon and salsa verde tostada and enjoy!
- EGGPLANT: It’s an excellent autumn vegetable for ratatouille, pasta and stir-fry dishes.
- HERBS: October is the last time to grab herbs before winter, so stock up on herbs and look out for a future Eating Berkeley DIY project: drying herbs!
- OKRA: Okra creole, fried okra or a simple pepper grilled okra will surely make a great side dish.
- BELL PEPPER: Nab them, stuff them or roast them!
- ZUCCHINI: Fall is the last opportunity to grab them while they’re in prime condition — bake zucchini bread or do a quick pickle with zucchini and yellow squash for a refreshing salad.
- TOMATO: All tomatoes are great throughout the fall, including heirloom and cherry tomatoes, so eat them fresh or grill them with a brush of balsamic vinaigrette to truly experience the sweetness of the season.
- WINTER SQUASH: Despite their name, they are also in prime shape in the fall! Baked butternut squash risotto and quinoa-stuffed squash make easy comfort food any day.
Are you inspired to cook something special in season? Did you buy anything from the farmers’ market this past weekend and wondered what you’re going to do with it? If you didn’t, try going to a farmer’s market this coming weekend and buy something in season that you’ve never used before.