Between all the holidays and Black Friday sales, fall can seem like an extended buying bonanza. But you can take some of the pressure off your wallet by shopping strategically and paying attention to seasonal discounts. Here are the best items to buy September through November.
Patio furniture goes on sale at the end of summer, but if you’re willing to deal with a limited selection, you’ll see super steep markdowns in fall.
September isn’t a busy vacation month, so you’re likely to find lower prices on flights.
Connoisseurs know that wineries move a lot of merchandise around following their harvest, making September prime time to stock up on your favorite bottles.
New bike models come out this month, so bike shops have old merchandise to clear.
These are the best rates all year.
Traditionally, plants see a Labor Day discount. September is also a great time to plant your new purchases so that you’ll have a teeming garden by spring.
October is a great time to pick up new denim that didn’t sell during the back-to-school rush.
As camping seasons comes to a close, stock up on tents, hiking gear, and fishing necessities for next year.
Is fall cleaning a thing? Look out for big discounts in October and into November, including Black Friday.
Halloween decorations and candy
Candy bowls, glow-in-the-dark skeletons, and jumbo bags of chocolate will get wildly discounted November 1, so stock up for next year.
Look out for packaged sets, especially at department stores and pj havens like The Gap and Land’s End.
Since this is a downtime for weddings, take advantage of bridal retailers marking down their wares to get things moving.
Cookware and kitchen items
In anticipation of a slew of cooking-heavy holidays, retailers put these items on sale.
Black Friday/Cyber Monday
Nothing says sales like Black Friday and Cyber Monday, where you can buy electronics, appliances, DVDs, video games, home goods, clothing, and laptops at steep discounts. But beware of bad deals that only seem like bargains: Avoid TVs, holiday decorations, jewelry, and travel buys.