Unfortunately September signals the end of summer and back to work!!! A silver lining means getting back to focus. One of those items on the “to do” list is finding the best shopping tips…here are a few for you
Cozy up to bedding deals
For the past two years, deals have been strong in September for bedding, towels, and more. Keep an eye out for discounted home items from the likes of JCPenney, Macy’s, Sears, Designer Living, and Kohl’s. In particular, look for stacking coupons at Kohl’s and a mattress sale at Sears that beats its summer-month offerings. (Keep in mind, however, that last year we saw excellent discounts on mattresses around Black Friday and Cyber Monday, so you’ll have another opportunity to cash in on strong deals later in the year too.)
Tangled up in blue jeans
We’ve made it through the height of back-to-school shopping season, which means you can start taking advantage of clearance sales for the student staple of denim. While you’ll see modest discounts this month that take about 40 percent off, keep in mind that these sales will continue into October, likely growing stronger. Come November, many jean specialists like Levi’s could offer their best coupon of the year around Black Friday. Now is a good time to start looking at discounted jeans styles for a wider selection, but if you’re not particular, next month will see steeper cuts.
Get your caffeine fix for free
Are you a devout coffee drinker? Then make sure to mark Sept. 29 in your calendar, when several food chains will offer a free cup o’ joe in honor of National Coffee Day. Last year, Krispy Kreme, Waffle House, 7-Eleven, and Caribou Coffee all offered a special promotion to celebrate, and it’s possible that other chains and local cafes will do the same.
New price points for the iPhone
Supposedly, the newest Apple iPhone will be announced on Sept. 12, which means it’s very likely that the company will slice prices on its older models. If the smartphone follows a similar pattern as the last update, then the iPhone 4S could drop to $99, with the iPhone 4 potentially sticking around as an even more affordable model – a need that the 3GS will likely leave open, as it’s expected to be discontinued.
A slew of iPhone accessories, new and old
Supposedly, the iPhone 5 will feature a completely new dock connector, which means all existing accessories that use this port will become outdated overnight. Old accessories will see aggressive deals as stores try to clear their shelves for brand-new, full-price replacements. If you’re upgrading to the iPhone 5, consider at least waiting a few months to add to your collection of dock accessories so that you can avoid paying retail price.
Rock-bottom airfare rates
The cheapest flight deal we saw throughout all of last year came in late September, when both Vision Airlines and Spirit offered one-way fares for a whopping $1. Not a fan of those budget airlines? JetBlue also offered one of its best sales in September, dropping rates to just $29 each way. (However, we did see the airline hit that price at various other times in the year.) Of course, in order to take advantage of these rock-bottom prices, you have to be a lucky or flexible flier to make use of the restricted routes and times.
Keep an eye on hot sunglasses sales
If you managed to make it through the summer without buying a new pair of sunglasses, you’re about to be rewarded. According to our deals last year, the best storewide sales popped up in September, as well as November and December. In particular this month, look to Oakley Vault, Sunglass Hut, REI, 6pm.com, and Endless.com for discounted styles. Last year, Oakley Vault’s sale was the best it offered all year.
Patio furniture deals are sitting pretty
Finally, it’s a great month to buy patio furniture! September will see an increase in the sheer number of sales and deals that discount the seasonal outdoor items, while October will see an uptick in the level of Editors’ Choice caliber prices. But since several patio sets and gardening items from Sears, Amazon, and other merchants hit their lowest prices in October, as they were available for significantly less than we had seen them at over the summer, what’s another few weeks of waiting?
Wait and see with tablets
We’re on a path toward a very interesting, competitive, budget-friendly tablet market in the coming weeks and months, and it would benefit the consumer to hold off on purchases for the moment – increased competition could likely yield deals that either cut prices or bundle devices with useful media credits or gift cards. Amazon is rumored to be debuting the Kindle Fire 2 in a few days, resulting in a new lower price on the original Kindle, while Apple might announce an “iPad mini” a week later.
Big-screen 3D HDTVs show some promise
Fall will soon be upon us and if you can refrain from any HDTV purchases over the next two months, you’re bound to see the year’s best HDTV deals come November. However, if you’re in dire need of a new HDTV, you’ll want to look at name-brand 55-inch 3D LCD HDTVs, as those are seeing the most action these days in terms of deals.
Over the summer, 55-inch 3D HDTVs dipped under the $1,000 mark, a price we hadn’t seen since Black Friday 2011. In early August, prices hit an all-time low as we saw the 2012 LG 55LM7600 hit $949. While we still recommend waiting for the holidays, shoppers who can’t wait till Black Friday should look at 55-inch 3D LCD HDTVs under the $1,000 mark
We hope these tips work for you! As always please contact Ann or Brad with additional questions.