September Buying Guide
September 1st, 2016
What to Buy in September 2016
Labor Day sales have already started, and you can expect to see lots of Labor Day clearance sales that are meant to move out the last of summer goods. These offers can take up to an extra 60% off already-reduced prices.
Last year, Amazon placed kids clothing on deep discount. Keep your eyes peeled for more deals this year on all clothing.
Labor Day brings summer’s last sales, so it only makes sense that we typically see huge discounts on the warm weather category of patio furniture and grills.
Mattresses also see steep discounts on Labor Day, typically with discounts of up to 60% off. 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.
What 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.
- 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.
- Previous generation iPhones. on the day of the keynote, Apple will shave $100 off the subsidized cost of an iPhone 6s. But it won’t stop there. In the weeks that follow, you can expect retailers (such as eBay, Walmart, and Best Buy) to offer iPhone 6s deals with prices around $50 (with a 2-year contract). For unlocked models, you’ll find the best deals on eBay where prices for an unlocked iPhone 6 could hit $500 (it’s been around $610 all summer). Remember, you can always sell your old iPhone to help offset the cost of a new unlocked model.
What Not To Buy This Month
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 (except the 32″). 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.
Don’t buy the new iPhone7 as it will be at the premium price since it will be just announced.
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: