This post comes from Benjamin Glaser at partner site DealNews.com.
September is an exciting month for bargain hunters. Not only does it bring us one step closer to the holiday season — which is the best time of year for many big-ticket items — but this month is also a great time to stock up on a variety of items, thanks to a small overlap of the Labor Day, summer clearance, and back-to-school sales. So while the end of summer may be upon us, the best deals of the year are only now just beginning.
The 9 things to buy now:
1. Labor Day sales on summer apparel
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. That means all summer-related goods will be at or near their lowest prices of the year, as stores try to clear out summer inventories ahead of the holidays. Expect to see sales from major retailers like Gap, Banana Republic and Forever 21 offering 50 percent to 70 percent off. Last year Amazon discounted a wide range of men’s, women’s and children’s apparel; though it was a modest 20 percent off, that might be worth it for Prime members.
Outdoorsy goods were also popular last year. We saw strong discounts from stores like REI, L.L. Bean, Eddie Bauer and Nautica, and expect the same this year. Also be on the lookout for an influx of deals on designer clothes. Ralph Lauren, Michael Kors and Calvin Klein (at retailer 6pm) all saw discounts of up to 80 percent off last year.
September offers the best deals on grills and BBQ-related utensils. Although grills are generally associated with the summer, the less humid autumn weather may actually provide a more ideal climate for your backyard soirees, so rest assured that any investment you make this month can still be put to use in the coming weeks.
Sears was the grill king last year, supplying over a third of the grill deals we saw in September. That included a broad 25 percent off sale with stackable coupons. Walmart also had several good discounts.
3. Patio furniture
Similar to grills, patio furniture sees some of its lowest prices of the year at the end of outdoor season. We recommended patio furniture purchases last month, too, with August providing six times as many Editors’ Choice deals as June and July. And September has twice the percentage of Editors’ Choice patio furniture deals as August! Look to Target and Sears for discounts of around 40 percent off.
4. Freebies on National Coffee Day
Coffee is one of the most beloved morning beverages, so it’s no surprise that it has its own holiday. Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day, and to celebrate, food chains across the country will offer free or discounted cups of joe to their customers. Last year, we saw freebies (no purchase required) from Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, Flying J, Pilot and LaMar’s.
One notable exception: Starbucks did not offer a freebie; instead the chain chose to kick off a charity initiative on Coffee Day last year.
5. 32-inch TVs or big-screens
September is traditionally a stellar month for deals on 32-inch 1080p HDTVs. Not only will deals be abundant for this category, but they’ll be at the lowest prices of the year. Last year, they hit an astounding $110, though $150 is a more realistic bet. These small screens are perfect for a dorm room or first apartment.
Outside of 32-inch TVs, the other end of the size spectrum is hot for deals in September. During Labor Day weekend in 2015, a full quarter of the deals we listed that were 55-inch TVs or larger were at an Editors’ Choice price. Otherwise, if you can’t find a low price on the set you want, we recommend waiting until November for TV purchases.