If you have a big-ticket item on your shopping list, you might save money if you buy it during a certain time of the year. Different seasons are known to offer deals within specific retail categories. It’s not a hard-and-fast rule, but it’s one potential way to keep more money in your pocket. With autumn right around the corner, now is the time to explore which products are expected to be discounted. Here are seven things to consider buying in the fall.
This is a big category for potential fall sales. According to Consumer Reports, you may see prices drop on laptops, computers and smart speakers. NerdWallet reports that new iPhone models debut in September. That usually triggers sales on older models. On that note, Black Friday tends to be a standout sales event for TVs, tablets, headphones, activity trackers and more.
2. Home appliances
Major appliance brands typically release their new models in September and October, according to the New York Times. Sales on the previous year’s models tend to follow. Keep an eye out for deals on washers, dryers and dishwashers. Meanwhile, small kitchen appliances tend to go on sale on Black Friday. That includes things like blenders, toaster ovens and air fryers. Air purifiers are another popular Black Friday item.
If you’re in the market for a new refrigerator, Labor Day sales might present opportunities to save, according to Consumer Reports. It may be a similar story with air conditioners as demand typically drops as the summer comes to an end.
You might notice grill sales all year round, but Dealnews reports that you’ll likely find the steepest discounts in the fall. That makes sense since summer is peak grilling season. In 2022, Dealnews found the most high-quality deals beginning Labor Day weekend through November. Black Friday can also bring big sales.
4. Lawn equipment
According to Consumer Reports, lawn mower prices tend to drop at the end of the summer season. Tractors and leaf blowers also tend to be discounted in the fall. The Spruce reports that lawn mower sales usually soar from April to September, when homeowners spend more time landscaping. Sales typically bottom out in October—and prices tend to follow suit as retailers make room for snowblowers.
Mattress sales happen frequently throughout the year, but Good Housekeeping finds that major holiday weekends are the best time to buy. That includes Labor Day weekend, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. That’s good news given that mattress prices have increased considerably, due in part to supply chain issues.
Holiday weekends are usually the best time to find deals on clothing. According to Reader’s Digest, summer clothes tend to be discounted during Labor Day weekend. That means you might find discounts on items that won’t be worn until the following year. (If you’re buying for kids, it’s probably a good idea to size up.) Labor Day may also bring sales on fall clothes. That tends to be true for Black Friday and Cyber Monday as well.
The day after Cyber Monday is known as Travel Tuesday. Travel companies generally mark down prices on airfare, cruises and hotels. According to Dealnews, Travel Tuesday 2022 was expected to offer 50% more travel deals than Black Friday.
How to prepare for fall shopping
Whether you’re shopping for a specific item or just looking to take advantage of fall sales, planning ahead can help you get the most bang for your buck.
- Shop around and compare different retailers to find the best prices.
- Don’t buy something that isn’t in your budget just because it’s on sale.
- Try to avoid using a credit card. If you do, aim to pay off the balance in full when the bill comes due.
Finding the best deal is never guaranteed—but if you’re in need of any of the items above, the fall season may be the best time to buy.
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