Major appliances, furniture, laptops and school supplies are all discounted in September, starting with heavily advertised sales over Labor Day weekend. Also, keep a lookout for deals on air conditioners as the weather cools down and demand drops.
- Mattresses. It’s a Labor Day tradition for retailers to offer discounted prices on mattresses, box springs, and other bedding supplies.
- Appliances. Look for sales on appliances during the three-day Labor Day weekend, especially on washers, dryers, and dishwashers, Consumer Reports says. But don’t fret if you miss out. Retailers will roll out similar sales on Veterans Day and Black Friday, both coming up in November.
- Furniture. Labor Day furniture sales are another annual tradition — similar to the sales on appliances. In addition, smart shoppers can score furniture deals on last year’s styles as the industry preps for its semi-annual furniture market trade shows in April and October in North Carolina, a major furniture manufacturing hub in the United States.
- Back-to-school sales. Continuing into September, score generous discounts on laptops, printers, headphones and other home office equipment. Ditto for school clothes and shoes.
- Fall prep. Watch for seasonal discounts on leaf blowers, autumn decor, fall bedding plants, fertilizers, and mulch.
- Paint. Exterior and interior paints, according to Consumer Reports, are on sale this month. Look for sales, discounts, and rebates.
- Air conditioners. Both window models and central air conditioning systems are at their cheapest prices in the fall and winter. As the demand for these products drops so do the prices.
- Shop smart. Before making any major purchase, do your homework. Consumer advocacy groups, websites, and magazines such as Consumer Reports, Wise Bread, Nerd Wallet, and Money, regularly publish buying guides and tips.