September can be an excellent month to shop, thanks to its plethora of Labor Day, summer clearance, and back-to-school sales. But not everything will be worth parting with your hard-earned cash. Check out our guide below to learn what to buy in September, and what you might want to skip for now.
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer for many people, and consequently, sales around then are excellent opportunities to stock up on summer apparel. This year the holiday falls on September 2, but Labor Day sales will be well underway by then.
Many retailers will be trying to clear out their summer inventory, so expect plenty of clothing sales for Labor Day. Last year, we saw Gap and Calvin Klein both knock 40% off items sitewide. Meanwhile, Nautica took 50% off sitewide, and Backcountry offered up to 50% off select items.
Also, watch for kids’ clothing to go on sale. Last year, Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh cut 50% off sitewide and offered a coupon code for an extra 25% off orders of $40. On top of that, all orders qualify for free shipping.
Theater enthusiasts will appreciate the chance to save on Broadway tickets during NYC Broadway Week. From September 3-16, customers can grab two tickets to select Broadway shows for the price of one.
Both classics and newer productions will be part of the event. Shop tickets for shows such as Chicago, The Phantom of the Opera, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Mean Girls.
September has two delicious pizza-related holidays. Thursday, September 5, is National Cheese Pizza Day, while Friday, September 20, is National Pepperoni Pizza Day. So this month is an excellent time to look for pizza deals.
If last year’s trends repeat, Uno Pizzeria & Grill will offer BOGO free takeout pizzas via a printable coupon. And we’ll be watching for Pizza Hut to bring back its 2018 offer: a medium pepperoni pizza for $1 with the purchase of a large pizza at regular price.
Apple isn’t known for having big discounts and deals, at least not directly. However, for the past seven years, September has brought a flashy event where Apple introduces its latest iPhone models. The company then immediately drops the prices of its previous-gen models, making this month a good time to buy older iPhones. Rumors indicate the next Apple event will likely fall on or around September 10.
In 2017, Apple knocked $100 off the price of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 as soon as it announced the iPhone 8. But in 2018, it discontinued the iPhone X when the XS, XS Max, and XR debuted. Because of that move, there was no official price drop. This year, we expect the iPhone 11 to be announced, though we also expect the return of the price drop on older models.
Planning a fall getaway? This is the month to go ahead and book your Columbus Day flight. Specifically, book no later than September 16 for the best price — according to the travel app Hopper, $269 will be a good round-trip fare.
While September is a good month to book your Columbus Day flight, it’s also a time to grab cheap airfare in general. Look for 1-way nationwide fares to fall as low as $19 from airlines like Frontier and JetBlue. Meanwhile, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, and United will have 1-way tickets between $40 and $44.
Flying internationally? Watch for Icelandair to offer great prices on round-trip tickets to Europe. Last year, we saw starting prices fall to between $319 and $330.
September 21 is Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day, a 1-day event where patrons can enjoy free general admission to select museums. Download a ticket here — one ticket per email address is allowed. Each ticket provides free general admission for two people on Saturday, September 21. Choose from more than 370 art, 115 childrens’, and nearly 1,000 history museums and cultural institutions, plus much more.
National Coffee Day is September 29, which falls on a Sunday in 2019. Places like Cinnabon, Cumberland Farms, Barnes & Noble, and Krispy Kreme will offer up free hot or iced cups of java. And restaurants like McDonald’s will have their coffee drinks discounted for the day.
Be sure to keep an eye on your favorite online vendors, as well. Peet’s and Community Coffee Company, for example, have knocked off between 25% and 30% on select whole bean coffees.
September brings the official end of summer, but that doesn’t mean seasonal produce will disappear. This month is a prime opportunity to shop cheaper apples, cantaloupe, figs, grapes, mangoes, persimmons, pomegranates, and tomatoes. As for veggies (and fungi!), expect better-quality acorn squash, beets, butternut squash, cauliflower, eggplant, green beans, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, peppers, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, and Swiss chard.
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.
Due to the impending tariffs, certain products aren’t worth buying right now or are only worth getting in certain situations. And commodity prices make some items better buys than others. The chart below offers tips on when to purchase these types of products, plus alternatives to consider.
|TVs||At full price||During Black Friday||Tariffs will likely lead to price hikes, but Black Friday will still have the best discounts.|
|Beef||Right now||Poultry||Beef is a commodity that’s seen higher prices since June, while the chicken is currently cheaper.|
|Peanut oil||Right now||Coconut oil||Peanut oil prices are up and coconut oil costs are down, so it could be worth buying the latter right now.|
|Office and school supplies||In-store||Online on Amazon’s marketplace||Marketplace sellers could be offering better prices in bulk.|
|Baby products||At full price||During sales or using stacking coupons||Many baby products are set to be affected by the tariffs, so you’ll need to save where you can.|
|Shoes||At full price||During Black Friday||Footwear could get pricier due to the 15% tariff.|
|Winter clothing||At full price||During post-seasonal sales||With increased prices, you might have some luck on Black Friday. Otherwise, you’ll see the best prices in the spring.|
|Video game consoles||At full price||During Black Friday||December tariffs could lead to a 19% increase (or an average jump of $56) in console prices. Black Friday is your best chance to see notable deals.|
|Home improvement items||At full price||During Black Friday||This includes a variety of items, including major appliances. Watch for better deals to (hopefully) surface during Black Friday.|
Summary: Stock up on summer clothing and treat yourself to cheap pizza, free coffee, and 2-for-1 Broadway tickets.
Ready to put this information to use? Stay tuned with CouponAnnie’s blog to stay in the know about any and all of the best buys of 2019.
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