September shopping trends are for the most part predictable, despite changing economic circumstances. Knowing what these trends are, and which merchants are usually faithful about adhering to them, give a shopper a leg up on getting the best deals available.
It’s a great time to catch late-season clearance sales on clothing. Given that in our area, we should have many more warm days ahead, it makes it easy to transition into a new fall wardrobe by mixing late summer and early fall fashions. You may even find online discount codes that will save you an extra 30-35 percent off already marked down items. Retailmenot.com is a great place to find discount codes for the stores where you like to shop. If you do shop online, be sure to take note of shipping costs and return policies. Quite often, you can even find free shipping offers if you spend a certain dollar amount. Consider combining your purchases with those of a family member or friend to take advantage of minimum-purchase deals too.
September is the time to watch for bed and bath deals, too. Bed, Bath and Beyond frequently mails out 20 percent off discount cards if you are on their mailing list. Other retailers, such as the Ann and Hope Bed and Bath Outlet also offer up good savings, as they get ready to make room for more holiday themed items.
Since early fall is considered a good time to buy a car, it is also a good time to find discounts on automotive accessories. The rule of thumb is to shop around and keep your eyes peeled for clearance or discontinued items at automotive shops or car dealerships.
Now a fancy new television is what not to buy in September. For reasons that I can’t fathom, the price of televisions seems to spike in September. Yet, come October, there will be drastic discounts, as stores need room for the newer-better-smarter models that will be out for the football season and holiday gift buying.
Stocking up on fresh produce, particularly, picking your own apples is a good plan for late September. Locally, Connors Farm still offers pick your own raspberries until frost, and peaches until about mid-September. Pick all you can, and freeze what you have room for so you can still have locally grown produce in the middle of winter. Enjoy!