Health & Family

What to buy in September

By Nedra Rhone

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Bargain hunters have a lot to look forward to in September with Labor Day, the end of summer and back-to-school.

Kick-off the shopping with Labor Day sales which traditionally include deals on large appliances, according to the deal trackers at DealNews. Though these deals will be better during Black Friday in November, you can find discounts of about 54 percent off items like dishwashers, refrigerators and more.

Labor Day also signals the end of summer shopping season and it is a great time to invest in all things related to summer. That includes swimwear and other summer apparel as well as outdoor items. Expect to see all of these goods at the lowest prices of the year from retailers including the Gap, REI, and Puma. Some of the best sales will go up to 65 percent off. Designer apparel may have even higher discounts at up to 86 percent off.

Deals on other summer gear will include grills and grill accessories at stores like Sears and Target and on brands like Kenmore, Weber, and La Hacienda. Last year, DealNews tracked grilling equipment at up to 75 percent off at Sur La Table. Patio furniture rang up as much as 50 percent off from Target and other retailers. Be sure to check for discounts on outdoor tools and equipment like leaf blowers and garden supplies.

Shoppers in the market for technology will want to look for deals on the previous generations of Apple’s iPhone and iPad as newer models will hit soon. According to DealNews data archives, the most discounted iPad to date has been the iPad Air 2, going as low as $359 this summer.

And if you’re planning to buy a new car, start looking. Labor Day weekend may bring clearance prices on the previous model years with discounts of up to $2,500 off. Never aim for the newest cars on the lot. Plan to wait until the last two weeks of December to consider cars from the newest model year.