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Savvy Saver: Six Items to Shop for in September

From bikes to flights, this is the month to discover some of the best savings of 2011.

New seasons often bring with them new opportunities to save, and fall is no exception. Here are six shopping categories in which you and your family may find deals this month:

1. Landscaping Plants and Trees

Local nurseries know another harsh winter is on the way. Many landscaping plants won’t make it unless they’re offered a permanent home. Businesses also want to make room for holiday greens. This time of year often brings huge sales and discounts to existing stock.

We hit a plant and tree auction last year at this time and scored BIG TIME, purchasing 10- to 15-foot trees for just $1 to $5 each. Most trees this size retail for $150 to $300 each. Cha-CHING!

2. Cars

It’s the time of year when 2012 models are showing up on the lots. That means the 2011 stock is old news. When car shopping, check out these "older" models and you’ll be driving in style with money in your pocket for gas.

3. Airfare

Now is the time to start planning those holiday escapes. If your travels will involve flight time, hit sites like Kayak to find the best deals. Waiting too long will increase costs, so make September your travel-planning month to get the best deals.

4. Patio Furniture

Retailers know they’ll be stuck with a lot of patio sets if they don’t start slashing prices while the weather is still warm. Plus, they need to make room for their winter selections.

This is by far the best time of year to replace your used patio furniture, as well as grills, lawnmowers and other outdoor gear. 

We recently saw a table and six chairs with an original price tag of $450 marked down to $130. Can’t beat that! And if an item is out of stock in one location, ask that store to contact other stores in the area. 

5. Bikes

Is the little one asking Santa for a bike under the tree this Christmas? As is true with cars, this is the time of year to make your new bike purchase. New models are being introduced for the upcoming year, so older models are being reduced for quick sale. Just make sure you have a good hiding place so you can surprise him at the holidays!

6. Large Appliances

Again, it's time to roll out the old and bring in the new. Older models are being replaced, so take advantage of great discounts on household appliances like washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges and refrigerators.

Eastward September 09, 2011 at 03:59 PM
Jenae - Where are there "plant and tree auctions" around the LHV? Thanks.
Jenae Holtzhafer September 09, 2011 at 05:17 PM
Hi "Eastward!" The best way to watch for local plant and tree auctions is to keep an eye out for ads or other signage in your area. The one we hit was a last-minute auction at a local greenhouse. They needed to move stock before the cold months, so we made sure to attend. We were so glad we did! We saved hundreds, if not thousands of dollars that day on trees we were hoping to buy anyway. Also, just south of us off Rt. 100S the Gilbertsville (aka Zern's) Auction often runs plant auctions in their parking lot during the summer months. Hope that helps!

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