We’ve been through an entire summer of savings and are now ready to jump back into the autumn season for a change of pace. Cooler air, lots of schoolwork and hints of the holiday shopping rush all begin to surface in the month of September.
It changes how we save by shifting our focus from holidays and the outdoors to a tightening schedule filled with schooling, jobs and perhaps a last-minute rush of outdoor work and home improvement to get our property ready for the winter.
So saving money in September is going to look significantly different from the last few summer months.
In some ways, it gets a little easier, since summers tend to be a bit more expensive and heavy on our budgets. But in other areas, you might need to spend more. It just depends on your situation.
We’ll cover 10 of the simplest and most direct ways you can take advantage of September savings opportunities.
1. Turn Off the Air Conditioning
September is usually a great weather month because you get the cool air of autumn with just a touch of summer warmth still in the air.
That means you can turn off your air conditioning and just leave the windows open. You should be pretty comfortable that way for most of the month, which could save you a lot of money on your electric bill.
2. Grilling Food
The summer bank holiday brings with it sales on just about any kind of food that could be cooked on the grill. Take the opportunity to stock up on things like hamburgers, hot dogs, steak and even bread or buns. Browse both local and chain retailers for the best prices.
3. Patio Furniture
Retailers are trying to squeeze every last ounce of profit out of merchandise that’s unique to summer. Patio furniture is a big-ticket product in that category that doesn’t get much attention once the cold weather sets in.
Rather than wait until spring, pick out your set now and store it away for the winter. You’ll be able to take advantage of some steep autumn discounts.
4. This Year’s Car Model
Car dealers will begin to roll out the 2015 line of vehicles in September, which means big price cuts for the 2014 models, some of which are still new on the lot. Additionally, there are people who will trade in models from the last couple of years, which means you can get a relatively new vehicle for a big discount.
5. Replenish Your Sock Drawer
In addition to price cuts on school supplies, back-to-school discounts extend to clothing as well. If you’ve been waiting to replace some worn-out socks, September might be the best time to do so, as there are plenty of deals and discounts on socks and undergarments to take advantage of at most major retailers.
6. Upgrade Your Cellphone
Since Apple will release a new iPhone in September, you can bypass the hype over the new version and grab one of the older ones. They often go for little or nothing when you renew or sign up for a new contract.
7. Visit the Farmers Market
September is usually the last month that fresh food will be sold at your local farmers market. That means participating vendors will cut prices and try to unload as much produce as they can before closing things up for the winter.
8. New Appliances
According to Bankrate, most companies release new appliance models in September or October, which means you can get the older models a lot cheaper. For whatever reason, refrigerators don’t make the cut. However, September is an ideal time to replace most other types of appliances.
9. New Mattresses
Bank holiday sales can bring big discounts for mattresses and bed frames at a number of major retailers.
Bike shops don’t do much business in the autumn or winter, so they’ll drop prices to try and stay competitive. If you’ve been wanting to buy a bike but have been putting it off, this is the time of the year that you’ll get the best price.
Shopping the Seasons
Saving money in September is about shopping for the upcoming season and knowing how it will impact the market. Since September often means that we see new lines of products introduced, there are a lot of deals and opportunities to save.
Couple that with the shift from summer into the autumn and holiday rush, and those who plan ahead stand to save a lot of money.
How do you save money in September? Let us know in the comments section below.