The Best Stuff to Buy in September

  • Everything Must Go

    Not everyone loves September. Summer has begun to fade and the days are getting shorter, and after Labor Day it’s a long haul before Thanksgiving rolls around. But this “middle child” status makes September a great time for shopping. End-of-summer clearance sales affect everything from cars to appliances to grills, while early birds can get a jump on seasonal items like Halloween costumes. Here’s our roundup of what you should be buying this month if you’re looking to save some cash. Photo Credit: mahalie
    Appliances
  • Appliances

    Bankrate.com points out that new appliances like washing machines and refrigerators arrive on showroom floors starting in the fall, and that means out with the old. Clearance sales on large appliances can net you some big deals if you know where to look, like this Kenmore dryer at Sears marked down from $1,029.99 to $668.88. Photo Credit: Sears.com
    New Cars
  • New Cars

    “Out with the old, in with the new” applies to cars as well. Model year-end clearance sales are plentiful as summer draws to a close, says Kiplinger, and that means deals and cash back on 2010 models. But be warned: If you don’t do your homework, this kind of bargain hunting can come back to haunt you in a few years when you’re looking to sell. Bankrate.com advises buyers to see how quickly the model depreciates and consider whether they’d be better off waiting for the new model year and prolonging the new car’s value. Photo Credit: GM
    Off-Size Fall Fashions
  • Off-Size Fall Fashions

    While you won’t find deep discounts on fall fashions at this point, it still pays to hit the department stores early. “In August the fall goods start to hit the stores, and you see the first promotional efforts for fall items like sweaters,” says Daniel Butler, vice president of Retail Operations for the National Retail Federation. “Women who wear petite or plus sizes should go early in the season to get fall items in their size.” Photo Credit: paulswansen
    Lawn Mowers
  • Lawn Mowers

    I know, I know. After mowing the lawn through the brutal summer months, the last thing you want to think about is doing it again next summer. But that’s exactly what makes it a great time to buy. Consumer Reports identifies September as the time retailers begin marking down their mowers. Photo Credit: Sears.com
    Bikes
  • Bikes

    Another item that benefits from September’s “middle child” status, bikes tend to experience a lull in sales this month, says AOL Shopping. Most people are inclined to get a bike for recreation in the spring or summer, and sales pick up again when the holidays roll around. Get one now at a discount, and you can enjoy what remains of the warm weather. Photo Credit: toysrus.com
    Halloween Costumes
  • Halloween Costumes

    Sure, Halloween is still more than a month and a half away. But if you’re like me, you wait until the last minute and then find yourself throwing together an ill-advised DIY costume or waiting in a huge line at the costume shop with all the other procrastinators. Get your shopping done now and you can find some good early bird deals. Here at MainStreet we’re partial to this “Billion Dollar Baby” costume.  Photo Credit: Drugstore.com
    Barbecue Grills
  • Barbecue Grills

    Labor Day tends to mark the last big barbecuing weekend of the season, and with that over, now big markdowns are in play. About.com and Consumer Reports both identify September as a great time to buy a grill and accessories. In most parts of the country there’s still at least a month left of good grilling weather, so get yourself a discounted grill now and take advantage. Photo Credit: Sears.com
    Health Insurance
  • Health Insurance

    No, health insurance rates don’t come down in September – in fact, premiums are currently on the rise – but open enrollment season usually starts in the fall, as Kiplinger points out. Take advantage of the annual open enrollment period to consider any number of changes to your employer-provided health insurance, including switching to a lower-priced plan if you think you’re paying too much for coverage you don’t need. Photo Credit: troismarteaux
    Fruits and Vegetables
  • Fruits and Vegetables

    Buying fruits and vegetables in-season ensures that they’ll be at their tastiest and cheapest, says BeautySherpa.com. Head down to the grocery store or farmers market and pick up such fall staples as squash, sweet corn and blueberries. You can get pumpkin pretty cheap as well, though don’t think it’ll last you to Halloween if it’s jack-o-lanterns you have in mind. You can’t go wrong with pumpkin pie any time of the year, though. Photo Credit: La Grande Farmers’ Market
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