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13 Things That Always Go on Sale in September

Summer is over but the September sales are just kicking into gear!

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Why shop in September?

Labor Day weekend deals are a great way to save money on home essentials after the summer seasons fizzles out, when the sales are just getting started. There are so many things that go on sale in September, meaning you can sleep better on a new mattress and take better pictures with a new smartphone all without breaking the bank. You’ll also want to know these 21 products under $12 that will improve your home life.

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Whether you’ve got your heart set on the smell of charcoal, the ease of gas, or something more niche with an outdoor smoker, Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst with, says to “watch for home improvement stores to cut between 20 to 40 percent off various grills in September.” This Blaze propane gas grill is marked down close to 20 percent. Here’s how to grill (almost) every single food well into the fall on your new grill.

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Summer plants


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The annual September clear out is on at home improvement stores, nurseries, and garden centers. To make room for fall and winter plants, summer plants should be on sale in September, so scoop up some perennials or pretty summer flowers at cheap prices this month. “Make sure you know what you’re buying—some of those pretty summer plants might only be able to be planted once!” cautions Ramhold. These vanilla strawberry hydrangeas are a steal at 57 percent off. Check out these colorful plants to brighten your home office and Zoom background.

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Halloween costumes and decorations


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While going door to door on Halloween might feel and look a little different this year, what hasn’t changed is the availability of fun, clever Halloween costumes and decorations on sale in September. In fact, you can score this child’s Monster’s Inc. costume for 57 percent off right now.

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Work from home gear


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Most adults have become hip to the WFH acronym because many are still working from home, some indefinitely. DealNews reports to have seen deals this month, on 23 to 27-inch monitors for as little as $120 (like this refurbished LG 24-inch monitor), Chromebooks for as cheap as $204, and name-brand 17″-inch laptops for $450 or less.” You’ll also want to invest in these work at home essentials from Target.

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School supplies


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School sure looks different this year, but one thing hasn’t changed, you can still find great deals on school supplies. “Look for notebooks to fall under $1, name-brand glue for 50¢, reams of paper from $4, and ten packs of pens for $1 at stores like Target, Walmart, Staples, and even your local grocery stores this September,” Ramhold says. This 50¢ folder from Target is a genuine steal. Here’s how to navigate the new normal as kids go back to school this year.

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Whether you’re looking to spruce up your home or furnish a living space for a college student, you’ll be happy to hear that furniture is heavily discounted in September, says WalletHub’s analyst Jill Gonzalez. “If you’re looking for a new couch or a massage chair, you could get them at half the regular price at stores like Sears, BJ’s, or Sam’s Club, like the reclining sofa shown here.” These are all the dorm room essentials you’ll definitely need in 2020.

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‘We know that September is usually a great time to buy mattresses,” shares Kimberly Palmer, personal finance expert at NerdWallet. To wit, Overstock is offering a wide selection of good night sleeps for as much as 66-percent off, plus a September coupon for an extra 15-percent. Before you start shopping for a better night’s sleep, find out how to buy a mattress.

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Now is also the time to shop for that spiffy phone upgrade, shares Palmer, because new models often come out after the summer is powered down. “If the savings are anything like in the past, Apple will reduce the subsidized cost of the older iPhone by $100, then shortly thereafter, it’s likely that other retailers such as Best Buy and Target will offer their own deals.” Check out these smartphone photography tips to learn how to take perfect pictures with what’s already in your pocket.

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Patio furniture


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Come September, outdoor decor and patio furniture are often put on sale. Forward-thinking homeowners can get some great deals for the end of the patio and grilling season this year while being all set for next summer too. Retail Me Not says that, “Labor Day’s long weekend will bring the steepest savings but shoppers can expect deals throughout the whole month,” adding that, “Right now, shoppers can find deals like up to 70 percent off the Labor Day sale from Overstock.” This lounge set on Overstock has been marked down close to $300. Before you pack up shop for the winter, find out the 17 spots you should never skip when cleaning in the fall.

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Starting with stellar Labor Day sales and continuing throughout September, appliances like washers and dryers, and microwaves and toasters, are often on sale after the summer season ends. This Samsung French door refrigerator is currently marked down by 33 percent.

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If you’re in the market for a new ride, September may be a great month to put pen to paper and sign on that new lease or financing deal because as new model year vehicles arrive on dealer lots, the current and previous year cars are offered on sale. “This month, we are seeing 8 percent average savings off MSRP for new vehicles with as much as $5,000 to $10,000 off MSRP for certain new cars,” says Nick Woolard, Director OEM Analytics at Taking a vacation soon? Consider one of these 18 best cars for road trips.

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Maternity clothes


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Retail Me Not is delivering a great September sale scoop in saying that this is is the most popular birth month in America! The popular online coupon and deals site notes that “if you are an expecting parent-to-be yourself, or happen to know someone and want to stock up for your future self or gifts for others, now is the time to buy because historically, September has offered shoppers deals including an extra 20 percent off at retailers like Macy’s, where you can score this tank for nearly 30 percent off, and Kohls.”

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There might not be a better time to buy a vacuum, and not only because you can score a great sale price in September. Fall is also the time when leaves and leftover grass clippings get tracked into homes across the country. Gear up and get ready to keep your floors clean with a vacuum like the Moosoo Cordless Stick Vacuum, on sale at Walmart. Discover more of the most dependable vacuum cleaners money can buy.

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Jeff Bogle
Jeff Bogle is an Iris Award-winning photographer, avid traveler, and English football fanatic who regularly covers travel, culture, cars, health, business, the environment, and more for Reader's Digest. Jeff has also written for Parents Magazine, Esquire, PBS, and Good Housekeeping, among other publications. He is the proud dad of teen daughters. You can follow his adventures on Instagram and Twitter @OWTK.

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