If you live according to the academic calendar, September feels more like the start of a new year than January — that’s why many manufacturers treat it as such. The transition from summer to fall is a great time to release new models and send the old to the clearance section.
Here’s your guide to the 10 best things to buy in September, plus more great buys in our monthly deals guide!
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1. Apple products
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Any Apple fan knows that September is an exciting month. The popular tech gadget company announces new products and generations of its existing devices during its special event each September.
But most exciting is the fact that once a new generation is announced, prices on current generations drop dramatically as retailers scramble to make room for new Apple products. Look for hot deals at the Apple Store, but don’t forget to check other retailers like Best Buy to make sure you score the highest savings.
If you’re a student, be sure to check for special student deals at various electronics stores before you shop.
If you plan to travel for the holidays, September is the month you want to purchase airfare. By mid-October prices will likely go up. Most airfare sales happen midweek, so look for the best deals when you shop Tuesday evening through Thursday. To keep an eye on the best deals, set fare alerts for your itinerary on sites like Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz — or use a price prediction and monitoring app like Hopper.
Avoid flying the day before Thanksgiving (November 25), which is typically the most expensive day. However, since it’s an American tradition, Thanksgiving is considered a directional holiday and you can often find deals on trips to Europe since expats are flying in and few people are flying out.
Now’s the time to get your family equipped with bikes for next spring. It’s a low-cost exercise machine that can have big results—you burn around 600 calories an hour cycling at a moderate pace.
Family bike rides are a great way to get fit, burn excess energy, and enjoy time together. Check out our tips for selecting the perfect bike for you and your kiddos, plus our tips for enjoying your family bicycle adventures.
It’s harvest season, which means it’s time to move inventory. Shop at a grocery or drug store that offers discounts when you buy a 6-pack. Typically you can save an additional 10%.
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5. Large appliances
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Check with manufacturers and retailers of large appliances. Many have new models coming out in fall, which means discounts on last year’s models. Before you buy a new appliance, check the Energy Star website for special offers and rebates in your area.
You may also receive a rebate when you recycle an old appliance like a refrigerator, and the Refrigerator Retirement Savings Calculator can help you determine how much you could save by upgrading an older model. A refrigerator manufactured before 1993 could be costing you close to $300 a year to run.
Before you shop for a new refrigerator or other large appliance, check for Sears coupons and save even more on your purchase!
Most everyone can agree that a refrigerator is a must-have in any kitchen. Check out these other small appliance must-haves, then learn how you can save even more money with your new Energy Star appliances.
6. Grills & accessories
As grilling season comes to an end, stores want to move barbecue equipment out the door. Start shopping around Labor Day weekend and score a great deal on a grill from Home Depot or other home supplies store.
Are you in the market for a new grill? Check out our grill-buying guide and learn the distinct differences between charcoal, gas, and electric, plus other tips on what to look for.
Look for luggage sales during Labor Day weekend. Quality bags are made from durable nylon or leather, with flexible framing, sturdy zippers, and hard plastic wheels. An overweight bag can cost you in fees, so make sure luggage is lightweight. Check out Coupons.com’s coupon codes for deals on handbags and luggage.
Pair your new luggage with some powerful packing know-how. These luggage-packing tips will save you from checked bag fees — and the hassle of lugging large bags through the airport!
8. Pool equipment
Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to stay cool if your state is still lingering under the heat of summer. Check out these other tips on how to stay cool for even more ways you can save money by not blasting the A/C.
9. China, housewares, & small appliances
The end of wedding season also means it’s a good time to shop for china, housewares, and small appliances you would typically find on a wedding registry.
If you’re a bride (or groom) to be, learn how you can avoid some of the most common hidden wedding costs on your big day. If you’re a guest, discover some affordable style essentials that can help create a stunning look at any wedding.
As with everything else linked to summer, sunglasses tend to go on sale during September.