AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. That means that all summer-related items will be at or near their lowest prices of the year as stores move out summer inventory before fall and winter. If shoppers weren't able to utilize the many back-to-school deals that were offered last month, there are still several ways to save in September and October, according to RetailMeNot.
"Now is the transitional period where summer inventory is being cleared out to make room for all the fall and winter merchandise. Historically speaking, with the seasonal change, several items from many categories can be found at or near their lowest prices. Shoppers are shifting their focus from back-to-school and gearing up for the holidays with apparel, appliances and travel purchases," says Shopping & Trends Expert for RetailMeNot, Sara Skirboll.
What to Buy Now
Apparel, Shoes and Accessories: If anything was forgotten on a student's checklist, it can most likely be found on clearance this month. Not only that, but September offers deals on apparel, shoes and accessories for the whole family. Here are a few examples:
Grills and Outdoor Furniture: For those who wore out their outdoor patio furniture or grill this summer, now is the time to enjoy clearance prices on those items as retailers discount summer staples to make room for winter gear. While grilling outside usually goes hand in hand with summer, the less-humid weather in fall may be a more ideal time for a backyard soiree. Sales on yard decor and outdoor items usually continue into October, but don't wait too long to take advantage of these deals as items can go quick!
Appliances: September and October are historically the best times to buy large appliances at stores like Sears, but steer clear of refrigerators as these will go on sale in May before the new models are released in June. New models of washers, dryers, dishwashers and stoves will be hitting showrooms this month and retailers are trying to get rid of outdated inventory. While they may be last season's models, they are still in perfect condition.
Travel: With summer travel winding down, airline ticket sales are commonly seen after Labor Day weekend. Travelers should start planning their winter getaway to take advantage of these great discounts. Most airfare sales happen midweek, so the best deals can be found Tuesday evening through Thursday. For those looking for the best way to stay informed on the latest and greatest deals, set fare alerts for your itinerary.
About RetailMeNot, Inc.
RetailMeNot, Inc. (https://www.retailmenot.com/corp/) is a leading savings destination connecting consumers with retailers, restaurants and brands, both online and in-store. The company enables consumers across the globe to find hundreds of thousands of digital offers to save money while they shop or dine out. RetailMeNot, Inc. estimates that approximately $4.4 billion in retailer sales were attributable to consumer transactions from paid digital offers in its marketplace in 2016, more than $600 million of which were attributable to its in-store solution. The RetailMeNot, Inc. portfolio of websites and mobile applications includes RetailMeNot.com in the United States; RetailMeNot.ca in Canada; VoucherCodes.co.uk in the United Kingdom; ma-reduc.com and Poulpeo.com in France; and GiftCardZen.com and Deals2Buy.com in North America. As wholly owned subsidiaries of Harland Clarke Holdings, RetailMeNot and Valassis, a leader in intelligent media delivery, are partnering to connect retailers and consumers through meaningful digital, mobile and print promotions both online and in store.
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