Save money on a lawnmower by purchasing it in September. It could save you 10%-30%. / Michael Pettigrew / Getty Images
It’s back-to-school month for much of America, but when it comes to bargain hunting, you’re better off thinking of September as an end-of-summer opportunity to save. Savvy shoppers, take note:
Load up on linens. Most department stores hold “white sales” over Labor Day weekend, looking to clear out summery sheets and bath towels. Warm-weather apparel also will be discounted this month — buy next year’s bathing suit and sandals now and save up to 30% on what you’d spend come springtime.
Save some green at a local garden center. Outdoor and indoor plants alike are generally cheaper in September, as are bushes (just make sure they are all-season before you plant them) and other backyard landscaping items. Gardening tools also go on sale in September as stores try to unload what they can before the ground becomes too hard for gardening during winter months in much of the USA.
Love your lawn for less. After Labor Day, you’ll see a 10% to 30% markdown on lawn mowers at places like Sears and Home Depot. The reason? Retailers are eager to move them off the floor once mowing season is over to make room for fall and holiday items. (Yes, they start stocking Christmas decorations this early!)