Although the days are already getting shorter, September is anything but short on deals, especially around Labor Day.
Whether you’re trying to hang on to the last rays of summer or already ordering a pumpkin-spiced latte, you’ll likely find sales to match your mood. Here are some of the best things to buy in September — and a couple you should pass on.
WHAT TO BUY IN SEPTEMBER
Large Appliances. Since homes have been accommodating office areas and makeshift schools, the equipment that keeps our households humming has been getting quite a workout. New models of large appliances come out this month, so it’s a good time to upgrade with a slightly older version. “Refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers and even some smaller appliances and kitchen gadgets will have prices slashed this month,” says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. “Lowe’s, Home Depot and Best Buy are advertising deals for up to 40 percent off.”
Mattresses. If you’re already dreaming of snuggling up on a new mattress in anticipation of the long winter nights ahead, now is the time to make your move. “Three-day weekends are normally when we see big mattress sales — Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day — and some brands are offering up to $600 off,” Skirboll says. “Retailers know that people tend to browse and compare during their three vacation days and they end up buying on the last day.” Expect significant savings from Tempur-Pedic and Mattress Firm. For those who prefer shopping online, she stresses that it’s important to read the fine print for the return and exchange policies.
“Understandably, a lot of consumers are sticking to online shopping right now,” Skirboll says. “But I also think people are getting more and more comfortable shopping online for mattresses at popular places such as Casper and Purple, especially since most offer trial periods as well as free and easy returns.”
Staycation Deals. You don't have to travel far to make the most of the last days of summer. “There’s been an uptick in online and TV ads advertising staycations, especially from lodging companies like Airbnb and VRBO, which note that they’re practicing all the appropriate sanitizing protocols,” Skirboll says. “Even some of the big resorts are offering really good deals such as buy two nights, get one free.”
Maternity Clothing. This is a good time for expecting parents to stock up on maternity gear from retailers such as Macy’s, Kohl’s and Motherhood Maternity. “This is a new one for us, but sources are saying September is now the most popular birth month in America,” Skirboll says. “We anticipate seeing deals on most styles.”
WHAT TO SKIP IN SEPTEMBER
Toys. Your selection of board games and puzzles may be feeling tired by now, but this is not the month to buy more playthings. “Wait until you start seeing holiday sales,” Skirboll says. “And if you can hold out, you’ll find the best deals later in December.”
Jewelry. Labor Day ads will cover a wide range of categories but don’t be distracted by shiny trinkets. “This is not a great time to buy jewelry,” Skirboll says. “I always say wait until even after the holidays and buy jewelry in February if you want to get the best deals.”