What to Buy in September
Think big-ticket items in the month of September. As the first hints of fall blow in so do sales on major items. The Labor Day holiday may present the best discounts on select big-ticket items until Black Friday rolls around in November. Here are the September deals to look for:
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Mattresses, Bed and Bath Supplies.Labor Day sales kick off the action early in the month. This is one of those holidays when mattress retailers offer deep discounts on piled up inventory. You may also find some better- than-normal deals on bed and bath supplies, such as linens and towels, during Labor Day sales and throughout the month.
Planes, Bikes, and Automobiles.Looking for a cheap mode of transportation? September ranks high when it comes to snagging low prices on holiday airfare, a bicycle, or a car. Life Hacker recommends buying plane tickets about eight weeks prior to your travel date. September puts you a bit more than eight weeks out from Thanksgiving, so start looking for cheap ticket prices now if you plan to travel for the holiday. Check out Cheapism's list of cheap airlines to learn about prices, policies, and perks.
If you aren't looking for next year's debut models, cars are much more affordable this month than at any other time during the year. The key is to look at last year's models that are taking up space on the car lot. Dealerships want to move these cars out fast this month to make room for 2013 vehicles that will be arriving in short order. Cheap hybrid cars are no exception; for Cheapism's recommendations look here.
New model bikes are released every September so this is a good month to find deals on older model bikes. Like cars, retailers are looking to clear space for the new wheels and are offering unbeatable deals on current inventory.
Appliances.September is also a good month to buy big appliances (think washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove). New 2013 models will be hitting showrooms soon so retailers are eager to sell off prior year models. While still new and perfectly functional, they aren't of the moment -- a small sacrifice for a better deal.
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Plants.Real Simple reports that summer plants, trees, and shrubs can be had for dirt-cheap prices this month because garden centers are stocking up on fall and holiday plants. With cool temps blowing in, September is a great time to fill out your landscape.
Summer Gear and Lawn Mowers.Where August saw sales on patio furniture, lawn mowers, BBQ grills, swimsuits, and other summer gear, this month will see those discounts deepen. But beware -- the selection will be thinning so shop early and snatch up a deal when you see it, otherwise someone else will.
Seasonal Produce.This is your last chance to get low prices on summer produce such as peaches, plums, nectarines, peppers, mangoes, green beans, lettuce, and tomatoes. And if you want to brighten up your home, summer flowers will be at rock bottom prices this month, too. September will also see fall produce hit the grocery stores with low selling prices. Look for cheap apples, beets, grapes, pears, squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, figs, and dark leafy vegetables like spinach.