October is a high point of the year for many of us, with its colorful leaves, sweater-worthy days and Halloween fun. And from a shopping perspective, we’ll start to see fall clearance sales, Halloween-related deals and opportunities to donate to Breast Cancer Awareness by shopping for your favorite brands.
Looking to make the most out of the fall shopping season? Here is a roundup of October’s best buys, including many from brands that’ll make donations to breast cancer-related organizations for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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Breast Cancer Awareness
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and brands selling a variety of goods and services pledge a portion of proceeds to this important cause. In addition to donating, several brands are extending savings to you, making it easier than ever to support research and patient care.
AnaOno was founded by Dana Donofree after overcoming a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 27. The collection includes comfortable, sexy, and inclusive lingerie and loungewear for all women; whether they be plus-size, breast cancer survivors, women with no breasts, natural breasts, one breast, and more. Throughout October, AnaOno will be donating 10 percent of sales to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, as well as their ongoing initiative with the Pink Warrior Advocates where you can make any donation, from rounding up the change of your purchase, to $1, $5 or more when shopping at AnaOno. Customers can also take 50 percent off panties (over $10 in savings) when you build a matching set with code BOGOPANTY at checkout.
Born out of the founder’s personal experience finding a lump during a self-exam, this rich, pink butter contains murumuru, Bacuri and five exotic oils that provide moisture to facilitate self-exams. From Oct. 1-4 and again Oct. 28-31, you can take advantage of Buy One Get One Free to share one with your “breast” friend (regularly $42). Furthermore, 100% of retail sales will be donated to The Pink Fund, which provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels and allow breast cancer patients in treatment to focus on healing.
This sustainable apparel brand is known for its supportive Everyday Tank (originally $74), which is designed to last through many of life’s changes. From Oct. 9 to Oct. 11, save 15% off with the discount code TT15. And throughout October, Free Reign will be donating 10% of sales to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit organization.
This brand creates comfortable and versatile activewear (originally $12 and up) made to “flatter, not flatten,” empowering women to feel confident and supported. Handful donates 12.5% of revenue from their Battle Cry Pink bra sales year-round to the Young Survival Coalition in honor of the 12.5% of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. For the month of October, save 15% off all activewear with the code FUcancer.
This leather products brand is known for its stunning aesthetic and practical functionality. Their on-trend bags, wallets and accessories ($8.50 and up) provide organization and function. Breast Cancer Awareness is a personal and passionate cause for the brand, and throughout October, they will be donating 10% of the proceeds of its Pink Collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, all pieces of the collection are on sale starting at 50% off.
This sustainably made jewelry brand treats each piece as a work of art. Their Breast Cancer Awareness Collection (originally $22 and up) supports survivors and those afflicted through inspirational and motivational designs. The brand also donates a portion of proceeds to breast cancer. Throughout October, get 20% off with the code BCA20.
This collection of one-size-fits-most basics ($15 and up) is made to fit and flatter all women. During October, the brand is hosting their annual Breast Sale Ever, where select items will be 30% off with the code BSE30. In addition, the brand will be donating a portion of proceeds from the sale to Alexis Butcher, a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year while in her second trimester. For the past six years, Skinnytees has selected one woman to support with the goal of making a large impact in her life.
Fall officially began on Sept. 22, but fall merchandise has been available for weeks now. Before you know it, we’ll be seeing holiday decorations in stores, so retailers need to move this season’s merchandise to clear space. Expect discounts in the 25% and up range, particularly on apparel and footwear. Discounts will be popping up all month but will be concentrated around Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 11.
From Oct. 4 to Oct. 24, this chain of sporting goods and outdoor stores is hosting a variety of sales, including:
Get up to 25% off Magellan Outdoors Outwear (originally $25-$55)
Save $20 on Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain or Women’s Benton Springs Fleece Jackets + Pullovers (originally $60)
These thoughtfully curated, timeless silhouettes are made with the brand’s signature soft, innovative fabrics (originally $84 and up). During their fall clearance sale, which begins Oct. 8, save up to 40% off.
This line of eco-friendly, sustainable apparel for men and women is made using bamboo viscose. The brand specializes in everyday basics, relaxed essentials and activewear. From Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, save 30% off all tops (originally $19.99 and up).
This footwear brand provides a balance between fashion and comfort in vegan-friendly materials ($69 and up). This fall, MIA Shoes has a range of boot styles in the season’s go-to fabrics. Through the end of November, save 25%off all fall styles, excluding clogs.
This premium athleisure subscription box provides curated three-piece outfits valued at $200+ for just $79/month. Styles are provided based on a personalized quiz. From Oct. 1 to Oct. 12, received $20 off with the code CDS21.
Halloween 2021 will hopefully be more festive than last year, so that’s something to celebrate! No matter your plans, there are a slew of deals on kid’s items, sweet and savory foods, and even wine.
Instead of snacking on the same chocolates and candies year after year, try something new to satisfy your sweet tooth! Doughp’s delicious cookie dough can be eaten raw or baked, and right now, you can save 25% off two-packs and four-packs of select limited-edition flavors (originally $39 and $59 respectively), including Holy Crepe, which is Nutella and banana, and Dough from Ipanema, which is chocolate fudge.
This wine subscription service, which is a favorite of mine, provides affordable, award-winning wines sourced from five continents and 12 countries. You can buy wine for yourself or take advantage of their holiday bundles and gift cards for holiday gifting. From Oct. 29 to Oct. 31, Firstleaf members can purchase red wines for $11 a bottle (typically $13).
Kids can cuddle up to the spooky season with new pajamas. Choose between fit-footed and two-piece options in some of the season’s cutest designs for the babies and toddlers in your family. Through Oct. 31, get20% off $15.99.
This classic “whodunnit” murder mystery game has a supernatural twist: layers must solve their own demise from the great beyond. Identify which suspect had it in for you, what wacky weapon they used, and why they wanted you out of the picture. The first to solve the mystery of their passing wins! It’s perfect for family and adult game nights. From Oct. 24 to Oct. 31, save 20%off $19.99 at Target.
Looking to make it a saucy Halloween? With Little GF Chefs’ gluten-free, allergen-friendly pizza kit, you can make your own delicious Jack-o’-lantern pizza this Halloween. During October, get15% off $35 with the code pizzaparty15.
This fair trade doll brand hand-knit fashionable dolls ($78 and up) made from natural materials by artisans in Peru. Your child and their doll will have a matching head accessory for them to wear, sparking imaginative play. Through Oct. 31, get a free Halloween sweater ($24.99 value) with each purchase of a doll set, and save 15% with the code HALLOWEEN15
This same-day delivery service allows users to order from a range of stores, including, Target, Kroger, Publix, Petco, Costco and CVS. An annual Shipt membership is $99 per year and includes free delivery on all orders over $35. For non-members, there is a $10 delivery fee associated with orders. From Oct. 19 to Oct. 31, Shipt is offering $5 off of orders of $25 or more on Mars Wrigley products.
Whether you’re planning to party, parade around the house or pop up on a Zoom call, Spooktacular Creations has affordable costumes for everyone from babies to adults to pets, as well as wigs, makeup and props (originally $19.99 and up). Through Oct. 24, save 15% with TRUESPOOK15 (one use per customer).
What Not to Buy (or what probably won’t be on sale)
- Electronics: The upcoming Black Friday/Cyber Monday timeframe is the best time to buy electronics like TVs, laptops, smartwatches and tablets. It’s right around the corner if you can wait!
- Toys: If the kids are asking for a toy that has appeared on more than a few hot toy lists, it might make sense to buy it now. It’s not likely to be on sale, but we are expecting some delays and stock issues later in the season. However, if the kids are asking for a classic toy or something more general, wait until December when you’ll find the best pricing on toys.
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