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What to Buy This September

September 3rd, 2015

Photoxpress_5046740What to Buy This September

This weekend, look for Labor Day sales galore. In fact, some may have already started.

In terms of discounts, you can expect to see lots of Labor Day clearance sales. That means all summer-related goods from swimwear to patio furniture will be at their lowest prices of the year. Expect to see sales from all major retailers.

Last year, there were amazing bargains on designer clothes. If you just graduated, you may want to look into sales on suits and other work clothes.

Labor Day brings summer’s last sales, so it only makes sense that we typically see huge discounts on the warm weather-dependent category of patio furniture.

Mattresses also see steep discounts on Labor Day, typically with discounts of up to 60% off from retailers like Sears and Kmart. So if you’re just going back to school (or recently graduated) and rented your first apartment, now could be a great time to buy a bed.


Monday, September 29th is National Coffee Day. Many establishments offer a free cup of coffee either by itself or with a purchase. Keep your eyes posted later this month. Also, we’ll post updates to our Facebook page.

Best Stuff To Buy This Month

  • Patio Furniture – The Labor Day sales will continue (but may not be as deep) throughout September. Check out your local hardware stores like OSH or big box like Lowe’s and Home Depot to see what they’re offering at end of season.
  • Last Year’s Car Models – Since many manufacturers release new car models in September, experts in the industry claim that dealerships will start slashing prices on older models. These discounts exist in September, but according to Forbes, they become substantially better in October and later. As such, you can save 10% to 20% or more on a current car if you wait until October.
  • School Supplies – Yup, still a good time to buy all the paper and pens and pencils you’ll want for the year. And this does include laptops as they’re often considered a school supply these days. But look for better deals on laptops earlier in the month. Laptop prices typically drop an extra 8% to 25% in early September.
  • Golfing Equipment – Guess what else gets released in September? Yes, new golfing equipment, so once again, look for good deals on last year’s models.
  • Bicycles – Oh yeah, new models come out in the Fall as well.
  • Barbecues and Grills – Love that end of season savings.
  • Summer anything from the obvious things like clothing and accessories (think sunglasses) to the not so obvious (camping equipment).
  • Landscaping Material – Yup, bushes and plants and mulch. And lawn mowers if you’re thinking of upgrading or getting one.
  • Jewelry – September is one of the 6 months with no gift giving, and so look for special pricing on jewelry. Christmas is coming.
  • Apple is expected to announce a new iPhone this month, so expect some great deals. For instance, on the day of the keynote, Apple will shave $100 off the subsidized cost of an iPhone 6. In the weeks that follow, you can expect retailers to offer iPhone 6 deals.
  • The iPad Air 2 has been the most aggressively-discounted iPad to date, dropping as low as $359 this summer. Should Apple name a successor to this tablet, you can expect retailers to drop prices below $359. As for the alleged upcoming iPad Air 3, it could see discounts of $40 off within its first few weeks in the market.
  • 32″ TVs will dominate the bargains if you need to buy a television this month.
  • Travel is also a bargain right now. It’s the period between summer and the Winter Holidays when few people are traveling, and hotels are offering great discounts. You can expect to see some interesting bargains from the airlines as well. Yesterday, Frontier Airlines offered some $1 fares to certain cities during these next few months and ending before the holidays. You can find good bargains on Broadway tickets if there’s a show you’ve been wanting to catch.
  • Wine – Late summer and fall are harvest time at vineyards in the northern hemisphere. So as the current year's wines start hitting the shelves in September, the previous years' wines go on sale. It could be a good time to stock up for the holidays or a wedding.

What Not To Buy

You might think to buy an appliance this month since manufacturers roll out their new models in September and October. But hold off on that until Black Friday sales in November.

Stay away from buying a new television. Black Friday deals tend to be the best price. Additionally prices on LED and HDTV technologies are volatile and shoppers interested in these sets would benefit from waiting a few months before jumping on any deals, as tempting as they may seem.

And hold off buying Fall clothing. It’s at full price. Also, don’t buy your winter coat right now as it’s probably at a premium.

What’s In Season

Buying in season gets you better tasting fruits and vegetables as well as saves you money. So in September, look for:

Chile Peppers
Curly Kale
French Beans
New Potatoes
Red Onions
Sweet Corn

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