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September Is the PERFECT Time to Buy These 6 Things

But hold off splurging on large appliances until later in the year.

September is a great time of year for people who like to shop, but also save. A combination of end of summer sales, back-to-school discounts, and a small overlap with Labor Day means that we always see big price drops on some seasonal must-haves throughout this month.

So you can dedicate your time and money wisely, we've delved into the archives to determine exactly what is worth shopping for this September — from the iPhone 7 to a brand-new bike. Check out the tips below, then sign up for the DealNews Select Newsletter to get the best deals delivered to your inbox every day.

6 Things to Buy in September

Apparel at Labor Day Sales

Labor Day falls on the first weekend of September, ceremoniously marking the end of summer and bringing with it an inbox full of discounts. The best of these sales and savings will be expected to fall on all things apparel, especially on summery numbers as stores try to clear out the last season's stock. In fact, nearly one-third of all the Labor Day sales we listed last year were for clothing and accessories.

SEE ALSO: What to Expect From 2017 Labor Day Sales

Expect to see the best of these seasonal offers at Old Navy and BCBG as both stores' Labor Day sales have yet to be beat, outside of Black Friday deals. Click here and browse our Labor Day sale predictions for more info.

Previous-Generation iPhones

September wouldn't be the same without an iPhone-frenzy, and this year we're awaiting a major announcement from Apple as the beloved phone faces its 10-year anniversary. With the release of the much-anticipated iPhone 8 this fall (which we'll hopefully see in September, or possibly October if you believe the rumors), we will definitely start to see more and more impressive price drops on previous generations of iPhones.

Many stores will discount the iPhone before Apple announces the new generation, but the strongest discounts will show up after the event this month.

In fact, we're already seeing Editors' Choice prices on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as we edge ever closer to the release of a new model. In the last few weeks we've seen a refurbished 128GB iPhone 7 fall to $514.99, while a refurb iPhone 7 Plus fell to its best-ever price of $550 (both units were unlocked). September promises to bring even stronger discounts on these, and older, models. However, as data shows, the month of release of any new iPhone is cause for massive discounts on older phones. Even Apple knocked $100 off the iPhone 6 last year upon the latest gizmo's release.

Bottom line: We'll keep seeing iPhone discounts even before Apple announces the new generation, but the strongest discounts will probably show up after. Right now, that's still expected to happen in September.

32" or 55" HDTVs

If you can't wait until Black Friday to splurge on a new TV, September is a better time than most to shop for 32" or 55" models, specifically. This month is always a top time for deals on 32" 1080p HDTVs, and last year was no exception. Prices fell to as low as $100 on 32" models, which is a cheap splurge for any freshman's dorm room. Expect significant competition in the category, too, as one-third of the 32" 1080p TVs we listed last September were at an Editors' Choice price.

Those in the market for something a lot larger can expect to see even better discounts on 55" HDTVs. Nearly half of the 50 models we listed throughout September earned the Editors' Choice nod, with prices of 4K sets hitting a low of $350.


Back-to-school spending can leave you broke at this time of year, especially when you brave shopping for college textbooks. There are ways to save on these pricey titles, of course, and waiting until September once you're back in class is the best way to ensure your professors deem your textbooks absolutely mandatory. Shop online and compare prices early in September to score the best deals and consider sharing with similarly strapped fellow students to cut down on costs.

SEE ALSO: 7 Ways to Save on College Textbooks (and How to Rent Them)

Another great way to save on textbooks is to scour the web for Kindle versions of the same titles. Amazon is currently running a promotion that gifts $20 toward the cost of a new Kindle as well as an Amazon gift card equal to the trade-in value of any old model, so it's the perfect time to upgrade your eBook reader, too.


If you'd like to take to the skies for your next vacation, you'll be glad to know September is also a top time to shop for airfare deals, thanks to off-season offers. Last year we listed over 100 deals on flights in September, which is significantly more than the average month in 2016. Both JetBlue and Frontier Airlines dropped the price on 1-way domestic flights to just $28, while return flights were as low as $80.


Fair-weather cyclists like yours truly may ditch their bikes when summer ends, but dedicated commuters and adventurers should know that September is actually prime time to splurge on a new set of wheels. Most big biking brands release new models at the start of fall, so you'll see significant price drops on previous year's frames, making it a great time to save big.

Last year we saw more bike deals in September than the entire Black Friday and holiday season combined.

In fact, last year we saw more bike deals in September than the entire Black Friday and holiday season combined. For example, we saw all-time price lows on Mongoose and Schwinn bikes, while a number of Editors' Choice biking accessories also hit our inbox.

3 Things to Wait to Buy

Newly Announced iPhones

If the iPhone 8 does hit shelves this September, we'd urge Apple-hungry fiends to hold off on the purchase — especially since some consumer whiz kids reckon that the latest iteration could cost $1,000! It's likely that we won't see discounts on the iPhone 8 until Black Friday week, since it wasn't until November 22 that the iPhone 7 saw its first drop in 2016.


If you're stocking up on the good stuff, hold off a little later — at least until the end of the month — as National Coffee Day falls on September 29 this year. In previous years, we not only saw many free cups of coffee from our favorite outlets, but stores like Starbucks also offered promotions on bags of beans and tumblers.


We may see an abundance of appliance deals during Labor Day weekend, but we will always encourage our readers to hold out until Black Friday rolls around for the best in home appliance offers. Last year, just 12% of September's appliance deals met the Editors' Choice mark, which is below the monthly average.

Case in point: Last year, Home Depot's ever-popular appliance sale saw Labor Day stock discounted by up to 30% off. But, the store cut up to 40% off the same items come Black Friday. And we all know that that extra 10% off can make all the difference when making large purchases.

Readers, what are you looking forward to buying in September? Let us know in the comments below.

Content Editor

A former Fashion Editor and Boggle champion, Donna Doyle spends her time writing for DealNews, re-reading Harry Potter, and living in denial.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Elle Muses
You don't sound like a helicopter parent with a young adult starting college. : )
"...$100 on 32" models, which is a cheap splurge for any freshman's dorm room"

Can't imagine why any sane parent already spending massive money on college would also provide a TV in their kid's dorm room to dilute the value of that school investment. There are already plenty of distractions.