AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- With the dog days of summer in the rearview, September ushers in the unofficial start of fall. Shoppers are recovering from their summer and back-to-school spending, but other reasons to shop are just around the corner, from tailgating parties and Halloween to the holidays.
"Labor Day will kick off a month of opportunities to save in a variety of categories," says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert for RetailMeNot. "The long weekend brings the end of the season, so summer-related items will be at or near their lowest prices. Shoppers should also look for savings on big-ticket items like appliances, mattresses and airfare."
Travel: Jet Set for Less
Airline tickets are commonly discounted in early fall. Travelers can find the best deals on flights approximately eight weeks before the intended departure date making Labor Day the perfect time to schedule flights for December. Pro tip: Set up fare alerts, so you can make sure you are getting a great price.
Mattresses: Rest Easy
According to the Better Sleep Council, it is best to replace a mattress every seven to eight years. Labor Day is the time to make it happen. Long weekends are prime time for buying big-ticket items, and mattresses are no different. Shoppers like to take their time before making such a large investment, and the three-day weekend gives them the opportunity to look around and test-drive different options. Shoppers who are in the market for a new bed can expect to see Labor Day savings as deep as 50% to 60% off.
Appliances: Big Savings on Big-Ticket Items
Labor Day will also kick off sales on appliances. Throughout the month, look for savings on refrigerators, stoves and washers and dryers. Even smaller appliances and kitchen gadgets will have prices slashed. Luckily, trends don't come and go as frequently in this category, so older models are just as functional. A word to the wise, though: If shoppers aren't in a rush to purchase smaller household appliances, like vacuums and kitchen items, hold off until November because Black Friday and Cyber Monday will have discounts worth the wait.
iPhones: Apple Pickin'
Historically, new iPhone models are announced in September. While Apple has not announced a release date for the newest upgrade, now is still a good time to find discounts on older models. Those who don't mind missing out on the latest and greatest can save up to $100 on prior years' models, according to RetailMeNot data. However, those wanting to upgrade other electronics should be patient. This month is a great time to snag a new iPhone, but most other electronics will be discounted in November as part of the Black Friday shopping celebration.
Golf Gear: Talk Birdie to Me
While sports fans across the nation are gearing up for football tailgates and rooting for their favorite college or professional teams, shoppers should turn their attention to sales on golf gear—after all, the Ryder Cup begins on September 28.
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