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Now that it’s fall, here’s where to find the deals

By Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister
Tara McAlister is MomsCharlotte.com's Deal Diva, giving you loads of easy tips to save money.
MBR
Staff - MCT
Now's a great time to buy a lawnmower.

This fall, are you looking for …

An iPod or other MP3 player? Before the newest versions are released for the holidays, be sure to check out your big-box stores for some great discounts on older models. Keep an eye out for extra incentives, such as gift cards.

A new lawn mower? Buy now when stores are about to clear space. Ask about display models – you can save money and the headache of putting it together. Just be sure to get the instruction manual and any accessories.

New meals? Use produce currently in season, such as broccoli, lettuce, pumpkins, spinach, sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, grapes and pomegranates.

A new ride? Auto manufacturers are releasing new models, so dealers want to get rid of the older inventory. If having a 2013 model doesn’t bother you, you can get great financing and other incentives.

Holiday tip

Wal-Mart just started its layaway program last week. New this year: The layaway fee is $0, although there is a new $10 cancellation fee. Shoppers will have 90 days to pay out.

Southern Women’s Show

The Southern Women’s Show returns to Charlotte Thursday at the Charlotte Convention Center. I’ll appear on the Spotlight stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday and at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. Join me to learn more about saving money without spending too much time. Attendees will receive a new coupon organizer.

Tara: thedealdiva@bellsouth.net
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