September is a month best known for students shuffling back off to school and the end of summer (which is often marked by the onslaught of Labor Day sales). However, it’s also a time to save money on gifts by purchasing items that typically reflect their lowest prices of the year. Whether you’ve completed all of your back-to-school shopping, or you’ve just started…you may have a few dollars left to spend on the following types of gifts:
If you’re looking to gift the latest and greatest in bicycles, then September is your month – new models are typically released during this time. Manufacturers are constantly tweaking their bikes to make sure they are equipped with the latest advancements in technology and materials. To make for the newer models, stores tend to offer deep discounts on older models.
With the rumored release of the latest models for the iPhone and iPad upon us, look for sales and heavy discounts on the previous generations. Prices for the iPad Air 2 are expected to drop. The best places to keep your eye out on the savings include Walmart, Best Buy and eBay, where unlocked iPhone models should be available for $100 off what it cost in the summertime.
3. Large Appliances
With the exception of a refrigerator, large appliances are generally heavily marked down starting in the month of September. Why? Newer models are being rolled out around this time, so it’s time for stores to make room for the fresh inventory.
You probably won’t snag the Troybilt or John Deere of your dreams, but if you are looking to gift a lawnmower – keep in mind that stores are clearing out summer-related equipment in September to make room for winter gear, like snow blowers. The deep discounts really come in handy for families looking to replace a recently broken lawnmower.
Although the amount of time you can enjoy such pieces is scarce (if you live in colder climates), you can surprise a loved one with a new outdoor table and chair set if you hold out until the first week after Labor Day. You should find some of the lowest prices for patio furniture in September, as well as save money by purchasing discounted outdoor entertainment items, such as grills and BBQ-related utensils. You’ll find some of the best marked-down charcoal and gas grills from the likes of Char-Broil and Weber at Sears and Target during this time. Home Depot also offers deep discounts on outdoor tools and equipment, such as leaf blowers.
September is the ideal month to benefit from the lowest possible airfare of the year. If you can take the time off, a surprise trip or vacation in Florida (or another destination) with your sweetie costs hundreds less in September (with savings continuing on into October). It’s highly recommended to get a head start on Thanksgiving and Christmas travel plans that involve airline transportation because the early bird definitely catches the worm in this case.
7. 32-Inch Televisions
In September, deals on 32-inch 1080p HDTVs will be available, but you should hold off for Black Friday if you’re looking to score a deal on other HDTVs and television models in general.
What NOT to Buy in September
- The prices for fall clothing start dropping in November.
- Video game consoles become less expensive closer to the Christmas season, and you have more of a chance of enjoying bundled savings.
- Toys that have been on the shelf for a while start getting cleared out starting in October, to make way for the upcoming holiday season.
- Experts say that late-in-the-year diamond shopping should take place in November and December to get better deals.