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What Are The Best Things To Buy In September?

6 Sep

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Attention shoppers, it’s time once again for the best deals of the month. Don’t forget to follow me on Facebook, simply visit Real Penny Wise and click LIKE to receive the best tips daily. Be sure to SHARE with your friends too. Just a quick review before I list this months best buys…

Most bargains follow a predictable pattern:

  • End of the model year (varies depending on product)
  • End of the retail season (ends sooner than calendar season)
  • Holiday sale (usually new, but sometimes older models)
  • Directly after a holiday
  • Off season
  • In season (fresh produce)

The downside includes:

  • Lack of inventory/choices
  • Open box/damage/refurbished
  • Older model/style
  • Unable to use/test until season changes, long past refund date

Remember that a retailer’s season ends much sooner than a calendar season; that’s why you’ll find great deals on winter apparel in January & February, but you will hard pressed to find a winter coat in March when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Don’t forget to check out my post 15 Super Tips For Shopping Success to learn how to save even more on online purchases.

So here’s where you can save the most in September:

  • Broadway theater tickets
  • Dishwasher
  • Dehumidifier
  • Electric fans
  • Furnace
  • Ipod/mp3
  • Patio furniture
  • Swimsuits
  • School supplies
  • School uniform
  • Shrubs, trees & bulbs
  • Stoves
  • Swing set/ jungle gym
  • Wine

Since retailers are keen to clear the shelves to make way for Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas merchandise, anything related to summer or back to school will be greatly reduced & disappear quickly, so don’t wait or you will lose out.

When it comes to food, the best deals are to buy in season since there is a greater supply. Obviously holiday themed food bargains are best directly following the holiday, but do not overlook the perishables; starting January 2nd stores practically give away huge pork roasts that never made it to the New Year’s Day dinner table. One disclaimer on the produce; because there is some controversy regarding what is truly “in season” as the USA has very diverse growing patterns and hothouses are often used, I have placed and asterisk next to the items that are generally agreed upon. Here are the best food deals in September:

  • Apples
  • Cherries
  • Curly Kale
  • Eggplant*
  • Grapes*
  • Green beans
  • Kiwi
  • Leeks
  • Lettuce
  • Pears
  • Plums
  • Pomegranates
  • Pumpkins*
  • Raspberries
  • Red Onions
  • Spinach
  • Summer squash
  • Sweet corn
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Tomatoes*
  • Zucchini

Often times you can get first rate products for a bargain prices, it just takes a little planning & patience; but don’t wait too long or you may miss out altogether. Want more posts like this? Let me know!

Save on School Uniforms

24 Jul

ImageIt’s that time of year again when we start gathering gear for the new school year, and while uniforms are a great saving to families, there is still usually a hefty initial expense. Here are a few ways to save on outfitting you kids:

Uniform swaps. These can be as informal as trading among your circle of friends, or formal events organized by your school. If you school doesn’t have one, consider stating one yourself. You can also contact other areas schools that have the same uniform and ask if you can attend theirs.

Social media. Whether you are looking to organize a swap or just need some items, putting the word out on social media sites is a great way to go.

Freecycle. Ask and ye shall receive. Find local groups by entering your zip code on the organization’s website. Whether you are looking to give or get, this is a good way to go.

Craigslist. You can find items for free as well as for sale.

Resale shops. Thrift shops generally have lower prices than consignment stores and have a wider range of quality and condition. Additionally, thrift stores have sale based on the day of the week and color of the tags. Value World is also offering coupons at this time.

Retail Store Sales. With uniforms becoming more common practice and styles more standard, retail stores are competing for your uniform business

Lands End. Why did I include this one? First of all, they are available online and in store with a variety of styles and sizes, but what really sets them apart is their refund policy. They have the most generous return policy I have ever seen. Son fell on the playground and ripped the knee out of his pants? No problem. Daughter outgrew skirt too quickly? No problem. Don’t have the receipt? No problem. Bought it a year ago? No problem. Basically what you are getting for the price is well made clothing with an insurance policy. Best case scenario, you walk in the store and swap the item; worst case, you have to mail it back to the company and get the lowest sale price (usually 50%) on a gift card.

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