Now that summer’s gone, it’s the perfect time to shop for … next summer? It may seem too soon to start planning for next year, but if you’re looking to save, September is the perfect month to stock up on warm-weather supplies. Here are the summer products you’ll want to look for in stores this month.
Sunglasses are a classic summer accessory. But the truth is, they’re useful even when it’s not 90 degrees outside. Early fall is a great time to grab a new pair of shades, because retailers tend to mark down their prices once summer is over. If you’re looking for discounts, check out Oakley Vault, Sunglass Hut and REI. Online shoppers should browse 6PM.com and Endless.com.
2. Patio furniture
Patio furniture is a staple of Labor Day sales, but you can still find great deals later in the month. Check out Lowe’s, Sears, Kmart, Target and Walmart for discounts on outdoor tables, chairs and more. If you live in a mild climate you can use the furniture throughout the fall and winter. If you anticipate frost and snowfall in the coming months, just store your new purchases in the garage or attic for next summer.
3. Picnic supplies
With fall’s cooler weather, the picnic’s popularity fades. So you’ll spot low prices on everything, from paper plates and plastic utensils to picnic blankets and baskets. To plan for next summer’s picnics now, browse the selection at Brookstone, Walmart, Overstock and Wayfair — your wallet will thank you.
4. Grills and barbecue supplies
After a summer of barbecuing outside, you probably aren’t looking to buy a new grill in September. But if you want to grab a great deal, you should be. Check Lowe’s, Home Depot and Sears, as they mark down grills and barbecue supplies in early fall to clear out space for their incoming inventory. Don’t forget to check your favorite grocery store for markdowns on barbecue food items, like seasoning and sauce.
5. Ice cream makers
Once summer is over, fewer dessert-lovers are screaming for ice cream, making September an ideal time to pick up a new ice cream maker and related accessories. Look for deals at Best Buy, Williams-Sonoma, Kohl’s, Macy’s and Sears.
6. Canning supplies
The popularity of canning and pickling supplies peaks in the summer, when fruits and vegetables are available in abundance. Now that the season’s over, you’ll find great deals on Mason jars, pectin, salt and everything else you’ll need to stash extra jams and jellies from September’s harvest.
If you’re looking for a bike, January and September are the best times to grab a deal. Fall isn’t yet off-season for bicycling, but new bike models come out at the end of September. And fortunately for you, retailers clear up space for the newer models by marking down older ones. Visit Dick’s Sporting Goods, Sports Authority and REI for discounted prices on mountain, cruiser and road bikes for the whole family.
The demand for swimsuits drops drastically at the end of the season, so retailers will be eager to get rid of their swimwear inventories. You’ll see major markdowns in August and September, but expect the selection to be more limited the longer you wait. Look for swimwear clearances at Target, SwimOutlet.com, 6PM.com and Kohl’s.
Written by Melinda Szell
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