October promises cooler weather, football-filled weekends and more outdoor events to enjoy. But it also marks the beginning of a three-month frenzy for retailers.

With the all-important holiday season approaching, stores will be doing everything they can to get shoppers through their doors as soon as possible.

Despite the surge of advertisements and holiday shopping gimmicks that you're not ready to bear yet, there are actual good deals you can take advantage of next month. Here's what to look for.

New cars

You may have heard that September is the best time to buy a new car. Well, according to Time Magazine and Forbes, the deals on the latest car models are even better in October because auto dealers want to get rid of 2014 models before the end of the year.

Local dealerships such as Summerville Ford, Hudson Nissan and Hendrick Hyundai of Charleston are advertising 2014 vehicles for at least $1,000 less than their list prices right now.


Finally, the weather permits wearing jeans again. Not only that, October is one of the best months to buy them, according to Real Simple magazine and DealNews.com.

Denim is a popular item during the back-to-school shopping period, so by October, retailers are ready to shed the extra pairs for cheap.

For example, Ralph Lauren's online store is offering 25 percent off jeans for men and women with the code "RLGIVE14" at checkout.

Also, if you donate an old pair of jeans at Madewell, you can get $20 off a pair of new ones at the store.

Tablets and phones

Many cell phone and tablet manufacturers unveil their latest models in time for the holiday shopping season - few could have missed Apple's recent debut of the latest version of the iPhone - and that means you can expect to see deals on older models of Android and Apple gadgets around this time of year.

You also can score good deals on these items by opting for refurbished models, which are most often listed on manufacturers' websites such as Dell and Microsoft.

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