Things to buy in October: Vacations, cars, pizza, and more!

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

Timing is everything, especially when it comes to shopping. There are some great deals in October that can offer significant savings.

Pizza is a great value in October. Today only (10/7) you can head to the newest Fired Pie in Ahwatukee (4905 East Ray Road, Suite 105) for a free pizza or salad until 6 PM.

Albertson's is having their stock up sale right now and many frozen pizzas are on sale for 50% off. If you have a big freezer you're in luck.

Use this printable coupon for $.75 off two Tony's pizzas to save even more.

If you just want your pizza delivered (or want to pick it up on your way home), use promo code PJ40 when you order online at Papa John's. You'll save 40% off your large pizza through 10/26.

It's also a great time to buy costumes. Head over here to get up to 40% off all costumes and accessories at the Disney Store

You should never stop into one of the costume stores around town without a coupon. Click here to print off a coupon for 20% off the item of your choice at Spirit Halloween.

It’s a great time to buy a new car. The lots need to make room for the new models and may have excellent deals now.

My tips to getting the best deals:

Competition almost always helps you. Get multiple quotes from multiple dealers. They all want to beat each other and you can get quotes online without leaving your home. I always ask for an out the door price (including tax and all fees).

Keep in mind that there might be secret incentives on the car you want. Secret incentives can be $1000-$6000 in addition to known rebates. Invoice is usually not the price the dealer actually paid for your car.

Remember the power of walking out. If a negotiation isn’t going the way you want, it's easy to leave.

Head over here to check out edmunds.com. They’ll have dealerships competing for your business (and the whole process can be a lot easier). Remember, I always ask for the out the door price! If you can pay cash (or get a loan somewhere else if there aren’t great financing options) you’ll know exactly what you’re paying. Try to negotiate the trade in separately from the car price.
 
It’s a great time to go on vacation (between the busy summer and holiday travel times) and score deals! San Diego has over 100 KIDS FREE deals. Kids will eat free, stay free, even play free in the month of October. Head over here to check out the offers from the San Diego Zoo, Sea World, Legoland, the Hotel del Coronado, and many other places. Pay attention to the fine print (how many kids can go per adult and if you need to print off a coupon). 
 
Enjoy the deals and there are many more to come!

Deals Diva Alicia Markham has one goal -- to help you live life better for less.

"I only post deals I truly love and would buy or participate in myself," she says.

A stay-at-home mom of two, Markham describes herself as frugal and says she is passionate about saving money. She wants to help you hang on to your hard-earned dollars, too.

"I think it's so important to save without sacrificing your quality of life," she says.

Markham's blog won Phoenix Magazine's Best of the Valley recognition in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.

If there's a deal to be had, Markham will find it and share it with you.

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