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September Is The Best Time to Buy These Things

Oh, how I love September! It has autumn and new beginnings written all over it. That’s how it feels for me (even more so than January) with a fresh start at a new school year, perhaps a refreshed budget and updated personal goals.

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Smart savers don’t buy things on a whim whenever a passing desire hits them from out of left field. They know what to buy and when.

When these smart shoppers find bargains on items they use up, they stock up with enough to last until the next time that item goes on sale. And for certain, they know what to buy in September.

New models of all kinds of products are hitting the shelves, and that’s great news for bargain hunters. September will be packed with plenty of great deals.

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Major appliances

This is the time of year that appliance manufacturers are rolling out their 2021 models, which means retailers need to get rid of the 2020 models they hold in inventory. Granted, this year has been anything but typical, but still, I am expecting discounts again as high as 40% off at stores like Home Depot, Lowes, and Best Buy. If you’re looking to upgrade your refrigerator, washer, dryer, or other large appliances, September is just might be the right time to do that.

Plants and trees

Garden centers are clearing out their stock of summer plants, trees, and shrubs. Check your local nurseries and garden departments in stores like Home Depot and Lowes for super deals! You still have plenty of time to plant and get these things growing well before winter sets in.

The local tree farm where I live has its annual $.50 tree sale in full bloom—buy one at regular price and get a second for just fifty-cents. Look around, you might have something similar where you live.

Older iPhones

While there’s been a delay in the release of the new iPhone 12, we can expect Apple to begin dropping the price on newly discontinued models and older models, as well. The secondary market will be flooded with gently used phones, too as folks will be getting what they can for their current phone so they can upgrade to the newest, latest, greatest. Typically, September has been a great month to buy a new phone.


National Coffee Day is Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020. In the past places like Krispy Kreme, Barnes & Noble and Cinnabon have offered free hot and cold cups of coffee, in celebration. And restaurants like McDonald’s will discount their coffee drinks all day long. Peet’s and Community Coffe Company have been known to discount their whole bean coffees by up to 30% in past years, so you can expect much the same this year.


Sept. 20, 2020, is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. Start watching now for deals and super specials from your favorite pizza joint. Let’s hope that Pizza Hut repeats its 2019 offer: a medium pepperoni pizza for just a buck! Regardless, you should plan now to save some major dough!


Some retailers have had difficulty keeping grills in stock over the summer due to virus-related shipping delays. However, those grills and accessories that remain need to be moved out—and at bargain prices.

The folks at Deal News tell us we can look for electric models to be around $70, while charcoal models will likely be as low as $86. Expect charcoal smokers to cost just over $100, and for hybrid models to fall to around $150.


Labor Day weekend is when retailers feature their best mattress deals of the years. You can expect especially good deals at Sam’s Club,, JCPenney, and Big Lots. The competition is fierce.


Labor Day is routinely a great time to stock up on summer clothing. Retailers need room for all the winter wear, so you can expect big discounts at Target, Old Navy, JCPenney, and TJMaxx.

Look for discounts of up to 75% off at retailers like Belk, Frye, and Gap Factory. While some deals will be more modest — Columbia took 25% off select gear last Labor Day, for instance — many clothing stores will offer up to 50% off, at least. Look to retailers like Hanes, Cole Haan, Backcountry, and American Apparel for these kinds of savings.


Need a new lawnmower? September is your month, but don’t delay. Home and garden stores are dropping the prices like crazy on models they have in stock. Especially the big ones like ride-on mowers. Those things take up a lot of space they need for all of the winter season merchandise on its way to their warehouses and showrooms. Take advantage of the great deals on floor models and other items now considered to be overstock.


The year 2020 has not been kind to the airline industry, which means you can probably book holiday airfare at bargain prices. Airlines are jumping through hoops to get you and your family on board with rock bottom pricing, but be cautious. This far out, you might need to change your plans and change-fees can be a killer. But I have good news on that front.

Just this week United Airlines joined Southwest Airlines by announcing it has eliminated ticket-change fees for U.S. travel. That means you can book on Southwest and United this far out without fear of losing money should you need to change or cancel your plans. Already flights are showing as sold out during peak holiday travel.

By the way, American Airlines is waiving change fees but only on existing and new tickets purchased before Sept. 30, 2020.

In-season produce

September offers super opportunities to enjoy in-season produce. Given the recent onion and peach recalls, this seems like a good time to support local farmers, so you know where your produce is coming from.

Look for in-season bargains on apples, cantaloupe, figs, grapes, mangoes, persimmons, pomegranates. Tomatoes are at their peak this month. The first tastes of fall are showing up with ripe acorn squash, beets, butternut squash, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, peppers, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, and Swiss chard. An abundant harvest is always such a blessing.

Curious about the best produce in season near you? Check out this seasonal food guide and learn what to look for in your area and when.

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  1. Mark says:

    Mary, do you have an article like this for every month? It would be great to have a comprehensive list of what to buy in each month!

  2. Elizabeth Ferguson says:

    About those appliances, what about a Kitchenaid Stand mixer? Now I’m off to be sure you have not already written a column that I somehow missed in standmixers. Lol

  3. Kathie says:

    I’m not sure about your area but I live in PA and we are experiencing a major shortage of major appliances due to the pandemic. That means labor day weekend this year is definitely not a good time to buy a major appliances.

  4. Lida says:

    Mary, I hope you can answer this. Costco has the shark navigator duo with self cleaning brush on sale this month for $199 which is $60 off. Do you recommend this one? Thanks!

    • Mary Hunt says:

      I have not used that vacuum. But I see it is 22 lbs. where Shark Navigator Pro with Lift-Away is 13.7 lbs. I love the lift away option because I have two carpeted staircases. If weight is not an issue and you don’t need the lift-away option, give it a try. Costco has a great return policy.

      • Lida says:

        Thank you very much Mary for that information. I had not even considered comparing the weight which would be an important issue for me. However that self cleaning brush is something that seems so desirable since I am constantly shedding hair that gets wrapped up in the brush and it’s her to remove.

  5. Gina Stevens says:

    Mary, I smiled when you said that you love “rollercoaster” weather. Me too! I thought I was the only one who would rather have dramatic weather changes than sunny skies everyday! Without bad weather, how can you get creative?

    • Mary Hunt says:

      Good one! As you know I lived in So Calif for most of my life, having moved to Colorado 5 years ago. Honestly, the only thing I miss is the 99 Cents Only Store, our son and his Meyer Lemon Tree (it’s still there, but I’m not as often as I was when we could travel more freely) and pizza. Weather is not in that list. I LOVE the seasonal changes. It is not boring, that’s for sure ❣️


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