As summer ends and fall begins, there are tons of opportunities to purchase necessary items at much lower prices than during the height of summer.
If you’ve found yourself in need of a few new, big-ticket items, now might be the time to dig out your wallet. Take a look at our list of the best things to buy in September to save a bundle.
1. Grocery Store Produce and Supplies
Our friend and contributor Jen Smith at The Frugal Friends Podcast recently released an episode highlighting the best times to buy certain groceries and produce for the best deals. In September, labor day grilling items are typically on sale.
September is also a great time to stock up on school or office supplies. And, all back to school items go on clearance, so stock up for next year or rough it for the first week if you’re feeling extra frugal.
It’s easy to forget that local food in season is always cheaper than produce that isn’t in season or has to be shipped across the country. Sweet potatoes, beets, apples, pumpkin, cranberries, squashes, pomegranates, eggplants are all ripe in September and will be priced accordingly. Making seasonal recipes from these ingredients is also better for you!
2. Apple Products
From autumn apples to Apple Inc.! In September, Apple releases its new product lineup and the prices on their previous generation devices drop. If you can resist the temptation to buy the newest iPhone, you can save a decent amount of money on their older generation devices. Apple very rarely has sales, so this is the absolute best time to buy if you’re in need of a new iPhone.
The best time to purchase a flight is about 8 weeks (or around 69 days) prior to departure; so for the holiday season, September is the perfect time to book a flight. The difference between the best- and worst-priced days is a whopping $280, which makes it important to take advantage of cheaper airfare in September. You can even use Ibotta (iOS or Android) to earn cash back on your flight purchases!
The end of summer, unfortunately, brings an end to the best season – grilling season. If you’re in the market for a new grill, they typically go on sale at the end of summer in order to make room for new inventory. Prepare for next summer by purchasing a grill on sale!
With summer winding down, retailers are looking to stock their stores with winter sports gear and rid themselves of all their summer gear. Bikes are typically placed on sale during this time, even though fall is the best time to take a bike ride!
Too soon (in my opinion), lawns will be snow and ice-covered. Stores need to get rid of their lawnmower inventory in order to make room for their snowblower inventory. If you’re in need of a new lawnmower, September is the perfect time to make that purchase and save yourself some cash.
7. Summer Apparel
Like sports stores, clothing stores are trying to clear their summer inventories to prepare for the fall. If you’re in need of a wardrobe refresher, there are tons of Labor Day sales where you can purchase a whole new summer wardrobe.
If you focus on pieces that are simple and can be layered, you can even turn an end-of-summer sale into a fall wardrobe refresher! If you want to save even more, you can use Ratuken (formally Ebates) on iOS or Android for cash back on your purchases.
While mattresses very rarely go on sale, typically after Labor Day mattress stores offer discounts on their inventory. It’s recommended to replace your mattress once every 7-10 years, so if you’re hitting that 10-year mark it might be a good time to shop around for a new one.
9. Broadway Tickets (If You’re Headed to NYC)
September 3rd through the 16th is known as Broadway Week. During this time, select shows (such as Wicked, The Lion King, and Book of Mormon) are BOGO (buy one ticket, get one free). Since Broadway shows can be extremely expensive, this is the perfect time to finally see the show you’ve been yearning to see.
If you’re in the market for any of these products, September is the ideal time to buy in order to get the most bang for your buck!