What to Buy in September

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By Raechel Conover

Put big-ticket items on your list of things to buy in September. With the first cool winds of fall come sales on major consumer products. Retailers are looking to clear shelf space ahead of the holiday season and juice spending in the lull after children return to school. Labor Day presents the best discounts on many items until Black Friday rolls around. Here are the best September deals to seek out.

Mattresses and Linens. Labor Day sales kick off the action early in September. This is one of a few times a year when mattress retailers offer deep discounts on piled-up inventory. Shoppers may also find some better-than-normal deals on bedding and bath supplies, such as towels, during Labor Day sales and throughout the month.

Airfare. September ranks high for low prices on holiday flights. The best deals on plane tickets usually surface about eight weeks prior to the departure date. For Thanksgiving, that would mean the end of September, but start looking for cheap tickets and convenient times now if you plan to travel during that busy season. Be sure to factor in airline fees when comparing prices.

Cars. If you aren't set on a current car model, this is the time to buy one from the previous year's lineup. The older models are taking up space on dealers' lots and they'll be looking to move the metal fast to make room for new vehicles arriving in short order.

Bikes. New-model bikes are released every September, so this is a good month to find deals on older models. As with cars, retailers are looking to clear space for the new wheels and offer big discounts on current inventory.

Appliances. September is a good month to buy large appliances (washer, dryer, refrigerator, stove). New models for the upcoming year will be hitting showrooms soon and retailers are eager to sell off older stock. These appliances are still new and perfectly functional and trends don't come and go in this industry as quickly as they do in others.

Plants. Summer plants, trees and shrubs can be picked up for dirt-cheap prices this month, because garden centers are stocking up on fall and holiday plants. With cool temperatures on the way, September is the right moment to fill out landscaping with perennials. Summer flowers are at rock-bottom prices, as well and there's still a little time to enjoy them.

Summer Gear. Discounts on lawn mowers, grills, swimsuits and other summer gear will deepen in September. Sales on yard decor and outdoor furniture also heat up this month and continue into October. But don't wait too long to snatch a deal -- the selection could be thin.

School Supplies. Now that most students have already started classes, school supplies are available at lower prices. This includes big-ticket items such as desktop computers. Selection may not be what it was in August, but shoppers won't beat the prices in September.

Denim. Jeans are such a popular back-to-school item that, come September, denim sales break out as stores seek to unload surplus inventory.

Seasonal Produce. This is the last chance to enjoy low prices on summer produce such as corn, peaches, plums, nectarines, peppers, mangoes, green beans, lettuce and tomatoes. September will also see the first fall produce hit grocery stores. Look for cheap prices on apples, berries, beets, cantaloupes, cauliflower, eggplants, grapes, honeydew melon, pears, squash, mushrooms, sweet potatoes, figs and dark leafy vegetables such as spinach.

Coffee. National Coffee Day is Sept. 29. Celebrate with Dunkin' Donuts, Caribou Coffee, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Krispy Kreme, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Starbucks and Tim Hortons, all of which have offered a free cup o' joe on National Coffee Day in years past.
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