September is here! When I lived in New England, this was always my favorite time of year: the air would be crisp in the mornings, but still comfortably warm in the afternoons. Living in Florida now, I miss those days of early fall!
Now the kids are back in school (or returning after this upcoming weekend, if you live in an area that goes back after Labor Day) and most of the nation is back to wearing real shoes and opening their windows during the day. You might be thinking ahead to shopping for the winter holidays, or you might just be recuperating from checking off all of the items of your kids’ school supply lists! Either way, there are a few things you might find on sale in September:
Stores are pulling their summer items off of the shelves to make room for fall and winter wear, so the selection on summer wear is lower than it has been in previous months. Still, you might find good deals on the clearance racks at your favorite stores. Labor Day sales will knock prices down even further, so this might be a good time to grab bathing suits and a few sundresses for next year.
Many manufacturers put out their new lines of appliances in the fall, which means that stores need to get rid of washers, dryers and refrigerators from last season. This makes September a great time to get a great deal on home appliances. Also, mattresses only go on sale 2 times a year! Usually, one time during April or May and the other time is over Labor Day!
Last year’s leftover models are marked down now, because new car models come out this time of year and dealerships want old inventory out. Not only might you get a good deal on a 2012 leftover, but you might also score a great bargain on a car that’s a few years old: As leased cars come back in, they compete for space in the dealerships, and are often marked down.
Now that summer is winding to a close, the demand for items like bicycles, grills, Patio Furniture and lawn mowers has gone way down, making it the prime time to buy for next year’s summer season. In many places of the country, you’ll have a month or more of nice weather before you need to pack your new items away for the winter.
One of the best things about fall is the start of the harvest season! Now’s the time to save big on winter squash, apples, pears, blueberries and corn. Tomato and zucchini season are drawing to a close, but you might still be able to get some on sale in September at farmers’ markets or pick-your-own farms.
There are some things to not count on getting this month, as well: Laptops, televisions and other items that will be popular at Christmastime might be marked up now. If you can wait on these types of items, they’re likely to go on sale closer to Thanksgiving, and certainly for the Black Friday sales.
Happy September Shopping!