September is the time of transition. As the kids go back to school, the humidity starts to dissipate and the nights get darker, summer 2017 seems oh-so-far-away. But there are plenty of opportunities this month to save money on summer gear since September always brings solid end-of-season sales. To take advantage of them, spend a little time thinking ahead to next year and what you might need. Here are some of the best things to buy in September:
Stock up on Summer Clothes
Now that stores are displaying winter gear in immense quantities, you’ll find the best deals of the season on summer clothes. Retailers are desperate to clear out their summer stock and prices are slashed. The downside is there may not be the same selection on colours and sizes as there was three months ago, but if you don’t mind taking time to sift through the sales racks, chances are you’ll grab some good finds.
Buy Grilling Gear
Everything related to outdoor grilling is available at a steep discount in September. This not only includes barbecues – but also grilling accessories like lighters, propane tanks, brushes and utensils. And who says you need to close up the grill in September, anyway? We can still expect plenty of nice weather before winter arrives.
Hoard Office Supplies
With the kids now back in school, parents have likely spent the past few weeks rushing to stores with lists of the supplies they need to buy. Many retailers fight to get you in their doors by offering discounts so low that they actually lose money on certain items. While the majority of these sales took place in August, you can still find great discounts in early September if you’re willing to face the crowds. Stock up on things like lined paper, printer paper, pens and pencils, binders, notebooks and calculators. Don’t have kids? Why not buy some new supplies for your home office or your desk at work.
Trick out Your Bike
Depending on where you live, biking may not be an option during the winter. That’s why many bike shops and department stores offer discounts this month on both bikes and accessories in order to clear out their inventory. If you are able to bike over the winter months or are looking to prepare for next year, it’s a good time to stock up on accessories such as a new helmet, bike pump, lock or even a brand new, shiny bike you’ve had your eye on.
Get the Best Deals on Cars
New car models come out in early September, so car dealerships have to make room by clearing last year’s models off the lot. If you’re looking to buy a vehicle, there are incentives to buy a model from the current year instead of a new model. Many cars don’t change all that much from year to year, so it may be worth your while to take advantage of a huge discount and spring for a 2016 – in fall!
Think about Your Lawn
For those who dread doing yard work, September means the days of cutting the grass are numbered. Of course, this translates to pretty solid discounts on new equipment. Trimmers and lawn mowers of all makes and models will be on sale so if there’s something you need, it’s wise to buy now and store it away for next spring.
It’s Time to Book Travel
Fall is a slow season for the travel industry, as most people take vacations either in summer or winter. For that reason, travel agencies and websites offer discounted trips to a number of locations, including big cities, the Caribbean and Europe. If you can’t take time off until the Christmas holidays, it’s still a good idea to buy your ticket this month as you can take advantage of the best deals available.
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Buy Your New Sunglasses
If you accessorize by wearing a cool pair of sunglasses, now is the time to stock up for next summer. Fewer people are in the market to buy new shades in September, meaning many stores will slash prices on both bargain and designer pairs. This doesn’t just apply to designer sunglasses retailers – it also goes for drugstores and department stores as well.
Enjoy the Harvest
September is the beginning of harvest season. Not only is there some great local produce available, but you’ll also start to see fresh local fall standards like apples and squash showing up in stores.
Foodland Ontario says that the following fruits are in season in September:
You can also enjoy veggies, such as:
- Brussels sprouts
And finally, it’s the time of year to head out to your local orchard to pick apples. So here’s to happy saving and making the most of the fall season!