With summer's dog days soon to become a faded memory (though documented dutifully via social media), and autumn's crisp air ready for inhalation, it's time to think forward. In addition to finding the best deals on holiday presents and Thanksgiving airfare, the month of September is also ideal for buying items you'll need next spring. Check out this list of the best things to buy in September to save money on all of the above.
Best Things to Buy in September
Got travel plans for Thanksgiving? No matter where you're headed, it's typically within your best financial interest to buy your tickets six to eight weeks in advance for domestic flights and 11 to 12 weeks in advance for international departures, the Chicago Tribune says. If you wait too long to buy tickets, prices will likely balloon. For the best deals, sign up for price drop alerts from various airlines and airfare search engines. Check out AOL Travel's Top 5 Deals!
Whether you have a pool installed in your backyard or simply like to hit the beach or neighborhood water park, consider buying next summer's pool necessities right now. That includes floaties, pool toys, goggles, beach balls, beach towels, sun umbrellas and anything else that's made for lounging around (or playing in) the water.
With the anticipated September release of Apple's newest iPhone model, current and older generations are likely to drop in price. DealNews.com says that if history repeats itself, the two prior iPhone generations (iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S), will drop to $99 and $0 respectively when purchased with a contract. If you can hold off until the new model is released, you'll be in for some savings.
If there's one fashion must-own in fall, it's denim. From dark denim skinny jeans to a starchy, structured denim jacket, denim blends seamlessly into fall fashion. Denim pieces also help transition your summer clothes into cooler weather. For example, layer a denim jacket over a white tank and add an emerald scarf (named color of the year by Pantone). Because denim is such a hot buy in late summer and early fall, many retailers compete with each other by offering discounts and deals that are hard to say no to.
With summer days coming to a close and cooler weather looming ahead, the rush of bicycle buying season is over. In an effort to make room for more seasonal items, retailers have slashed prices on bikes for all ages. If you or anyone in your family is in the market for a bicycle -- or think you may want a new one for the spring -- now's the time to buy.
Summer is a popular time for weddings and for collegiate back-to-school purchases. Because wedding registries and dorm room dwellers keep sales on these items up throughout the summer, those prices don't waiver much. Now that most dorm rooms, college apartments and newlywed abodes are furnished with their kitchen necessities, however, those items will see a price drop. Check out online and in-store retailers for deals on cookware, china, silverware and bakeware.
If it's something you use a lot during the summer, you'll most likely find it on sale starting in September. That includes lawnmowers, grills, patio furniture, weed whackers, and outdoor gardening supplies. Why? Very few people make use of these items throughout the cold months and retailers simply don't want to store that merchandise until spring's thawing, according to LifeHacker.com. If any of your outdoor goods are on the fritz or you simply want to treat yourself to a newer model, check online and in-stores for hot deals.