Seasonal Sales: What to Buy in August and September

by Miranda Marquit · 0 comments

One of the best ways to save money on merchandise is to look for sales on seasonal items. Many items go on sale at the end of the season, and now that August is heading toward a close, and September is right around the corner, it is a good time to consider buying a variety of items — beyond what you find at the back to school sales. Here are some items that offer seasonal deals in the months of August and September:

Patio Furniture

Now is a good time to look for patio furniture. As summer winds down, retailers are looking for space for their holiday displays. If you have been looking for a new glass top table, or maybe some patio chairs, now is a great time to find good deals. Look for display models and mismatched sets to get even better deals.


Snow blower season is coming up for many retailers, and that means that it is time to get rid of the lawnmowers. Look for great deals on close out lawnmowers. There might even be some of last year’s models available for even greater discounts. You might also be able to find good prices on edgers, tillers and gardening tools such as clippers.

Landscaping Plants

Now is a great time to do a little planting. Last year, my husband and I bought all of our landscaping plants in August and September — and saved big bucks. Many nurseries are having sales right now on trees, shrubs and perennials. It’s not a bad time to plant tees and shrubs, since they can become established before winter, and ready to bloom in the spring. Additionally, it does not matter if perennials are close to be done for the season; they bloom every year.

Camping Gear

I just bought a newer, bigger tent, ready for next summer, for a sizable discount. Camping gear is usually on sale in August and September, since it needs to be cleared out for next year’s items. As a result, you can find good deals on folding camping chairs, tents, camp stoves, lanterns and other outdoor gear. Carefully consider your needs, and the quality of the gear you are purchasing, though, since you want to make sure that it will last.


Another great option for the end of August and the beginning of September is swimwear. I just bought a swimsuit for my son at a huge discount. It’s too big for him right now, but it should be just the right size next year. Indeed, I almost always purchase my son’s swimwear in advance. This way I get a good discount. Other summer clothes and accessories, like shorts, tank tops and flip flops can also be found for good prices this time of year.

Holiday Travel

Finally, you want to consider your holiday travel plans. As we near Thanksgiving (and after that, Christmas), travel is going to become more expensive. If you are planning to go somewhere in November or December, now is the time to lock in prices. You will find better fares the earlier you book.

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