September is finally here! With all the hustle and bustle of back to school season, you may forget that there are a good number of non-school-related sales out there that you don't want to miss. One of the biggest reasons why September is a great month for certain items is Labor Day - the sales are endless!
However, not everything is a bargain this time of year. If you’re looking to satisfy your urge to shop, do it responsibly. Don’t pay full price. Instead, follow this guide to September shopping. Read on to find out which items to buy now and which ones you should wait for.
The Best Things to Buy:
This is the best month to buy these deals - don’t wait!
Apparel: In the beginning of the month, retailers will get ready for the end of summer by slashing prices on apparel to make room for a new season of trends. Labor Day sales will be abundant with clothing for the entire family, especially if you want to pick up the last of summer apparel.
Cars: Labor Day weekend is widely considered to be one of the best times to buy a new car. Dealerships, like fashion retailers, will need to make way for 2018 models coming in, so current year models will have great financing offers, including 0% APR financing and zero money down. Make sure your credit score is high enough to get you an offer!
Older Generation iPhones: Late September is usually the month when Apple debuts the next generation iPhone, so that means iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 7, and 7 Plus will experience price drops as they are no longer the newest devices. If you’re looking to upgrade your phone, now is the time.
Airfare: If you’re planning to head home for the holidays - as in Thanksgiving, Christmas, and later holidays this year - now is the best time to book cheap airfare. It’s the time between crazy summer travel and the madness of holiday season, so pick up your plane tickets now to save some decent change.
32” Televisions: It’s specific, but if you want a new TV, September is a good month to make a move on 32” HDTVs. These sizes are ideal for small apartments and even college dorm rooms. According to GoBankingRates, in the previous years, 32” televisions have hit a low of $110 but $150 is what you should expect.
Bicycles: Looking for an early Christmas present? Want to just upgrade that old two-wheeler of yours? September is a great time to invest in a new bike and maybe invest in the one you’ve always wanted. As the temperature starts to drop, stores are letting go of bikes at prices you’ll definitely appreciate. If you have the room to store the bike, go for it!
The Worst Things to Buy
If you have any of these products on your to-buy list, it’s best to wait. Patience can save you money!
Winter apparel: Hold off just a little longer to stock up on those winter coats and other cold-weather apparel. Retailers are only now getting rid of the last of summer clothing, so fall clothing is making their way in. It’s not quite time to bundle up just yet!
A new iPhone: As mentioned above, the new iPhone 8 (speculations only!) is expected to be released in late September, but you should anticipate to shell out big bucks for the newest Apple phone. The latest model is always the priciest!
TVs: If you’re not looking for a 32” HDTV, television deals are at their best around the holidays, particularly Black Friday. It’s only a couple months away, but one easy way to stay in the know with the best Black Friday television offers is by checking out BlackFriday.fm, where it’s all things Black Friday all the time.
Appliances: Again, Black Friday in November is the best time to jump the gun on appliances. Plenty of retailers will be offering Labor Day sale prices on these household necessities, but if you can wait, we highly suggest holding off. You won’t regret it, as you can expect up to 75% off the same items.
Retail prices follow a formula based on seasons and popularity. By buying what you need during the off season, you can save big. Put some of that savings in your wallet because before you know it, Christmas will be here and you’ll wish you had more money for presents.