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The Best Things to Buy in September 2018

What are best categories to shop this month?

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The leaves may be starting to fall off the trees, but that doesn’t mean the money in your bank account has to go down with it! With kids going back to school, Labor Day parties being planned, and outdoor activities to sign up for, you may be wondering what the best things to buy this month are. The deal experts at  Slickdeals have mined our archives to bring you predictions on the best categories to shop this September.

Summer Clearance – As the temperatures drop, summer clearances are rising.  Save on women’s, men’s, and children’s apparel, shoes, and swimwear this September at stores that are clearing out their end-of-season inventory. We anticipate discounts up to 60% off on sale items at Macy’s, Nordstrom Rack, American Eagle Outfitters, and The Children’s Place. Last year, coupons from Nautica gave customers an additional 50% off already reduced clearance styles. Kohl’s is running their men’s end-of-season sale and you can stack the savings with a extra 15% off coupon by signing up for their sale alerts.

Labor Day Sales – With the long Labor Day weekend approaching, there’s no better way to relax and hang out with family and friends than with a barbecue. Stock up on clearance cooking and grilling supplies at Sur La Table or Home Depot. Keep an eye out for multiple sales happening around the same time, like PUMA’s Friends & Family sale and Labor Day sale, for double the savings. Last year, we saw an additional 40%-60% in savings on apparel at stores like ECCO, REI, and H&M as well. This year, REI is back with their Labor Day sale and clearance with savings up to 40% which will last until 9/3.

Electronics – Many companies announce new models of their electronic products during the fall. Even if you’re not purchasing the newest version of your current phone or tablet, you can still keep your electronics (and wallet) protected with discounted cases from Caseology, Lumion, and Luvvitt for iPhone and Samsung devices starting at only $4 on Amazon. Prepare for older models of Apple products, which are nearly as good as their soon-to-be successors, to be priced for much less than their original retail value, especially at stores like Best Buy. Other electronics such as smart LED TVs, speakers, and gaming accessories are often on sale as well, like the Samsung 75” 4K Smart TV, Samsung Soundbar, and Xbox One S Madden NFL 18 bundle that went for $1999.93 at PC Richard & Son last year.

Back-to-School – A new school year also means new supplies, style, and smarts! For college students, dorm rooms may be small, but it doesn’t mean you can’t make your space comfortable. As always, we can expect Amazon to have many dorm essentials to keep you within budget. During last year’s sale on, compact refrigerators were affordably priced starting at an $44 so we predict that they will have many great savings again. You can also stock up on supplies for your home and office at Target’s annual Back-To-School section with deals starting at just 25 cents. Students can enjoy discounted pricing on Apple products with savings up to $200 off qualifying Mac products, as well as 20% off AppleCare and Beats headphones with select purchases. Additionally, save 25% off backpacks at Kohl’s and $15 off orders $75 or more at Office Depot/Office Max.

Home – September is an ideal time to make sure your house is well-maintained and ready to sustain cold weather conditions. With windows being closed quite often in colder weather, prepare to get rid of dust and allergens with new or refurbished Dyson vacuums from Walmart and Best Buy. Last year, Dyson offered their Dyson V7 Absolute Cordless Vacuum Cleaner for $399.99 that not only came with 3 free tools, but also free shipping. is offering up to 66% off home deals right now and free shipping over $35.

Outdoor/Sports – September is the end of summer, and for those wanting to take advantage of the last few warmer days, now’s a good time to stock up on outdoor accessories. We expect many deals on tents, sleeping bags, tumblers, and backpacks from Coleman, REI, and Walmart for all of your hiking and camping needs. Stay warm with discounted outerwear from Columbia Sportswear and Under Armour. For sports lovers, you can go directly to the Nike store or website for clearance sales, but don’t dismiss 3rd-party sellers like Finish Line that normally offer even greater discounts on their already reduced prices. Check out Patagonia’s semi-annual summer sale where you can save up to 50% off past season products.

Our editors strive to ensure that the information in this article is accurate as of the date published, but please keep in mind that offers can change. We encourage you to verify all terms and conditions of any product before you apply.

Isabel Ng

Isabel Ng is a native New Yorker currently based in Los Angeles. Having recently graduated with a degree in Communications from UCLA, she is now a Public Relations intern at Slickdeals. She is passionate about photography, dance, exploring the world, and of course, saving money.

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