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Easy ways to spend less in October

Woman shopping for fall vegetables

Eat fall produce

Produce that’s in season is less expensive than produce that’s out of season. Stock up on squash, pumpkins, cranberries, apples, kale, mushrooms and sweet potatoes.

Savings: $15


Make fall soups and stews

Soups and stews are two of the cheapest meals to make. It’s a great way to use up leftovers or get rid of produce.

Check out these 31 different soups, stews, chilis and chowders >>

Savings: $10


Tune up your furnace

If you live in a state with cold winters, October is the time to tune up your furnace. Make sure it’s running properly and cleaned of any debris. This small task can save you hundreds over the course of the winter.

Savings: $75+


Turn off your AC

In most states, the weather is nice in October. Save big on your electric bill by opening a few windows and shutting the AC off.

Savings: $100


Spend more time outside

Again, the weather’s beautiful! Bike or walk whenever possible. Set up carpools with your coworkers or your kids’ classmates’ parents for school.

Savings: $30


Score deals on Columbus Day

Columbus Day is Oct. 14. A number of stores and restaurants will be offering exclusive discounts on Columbus Day only. Don’t miss out!

Savings: $25


Use coupons

Sites such as and CouponMom offer free coupons for groceries. Start taking advantage this month! Stash whatever you save into a holiday fund or even better, just save it!

Savings: $30


Stock up on summer essentials

Summer’s over and winter’s upon us — which means stores are moving out all their summer clothing (and putting it on clearance!) to make room for winter apparel. Though you may need to spend a little now, you’ll make up for it when you don’t need to buy summer clothes for you or the kids come May.

Savings: $50+ (next summer)

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