October is coming up fast but there are still plenty of sales and deals for you to take advantage of in September. Now that kids have returned to school, be that online or in-person, we’re seeing lingering back-to-school sales from retailers like Target, Kohl’s and Walmart. And as we enjoy the end of summer, stores offer slashed items, including clothing and outdoor furniture. Finally, while we continue to work from home, retailers like Dell, Costco and Lenovo are giving you discounted work-from-home essentials, including tablets, laptops and more.
Best things to buy in September, and what can wait
To better understand how to make the most of shopping in September, we consulted Julie Ramhold, a consumer analyst from DealNews.com. While Ramhold said the most notable sales and deals on mattresses and large appliances likely occurred during Labor Day, you can still save on end of summer discounts. One of the top things to look out for is clothing. Retailers such as Lululemon and Macy’s are offering large discounts on athleisure and summer fashion. Additionally, stores like Wayfair and Home Depot are offering deals on patio furniture.
And while we will most likely see the largest savings on TVs and other tech during Black Friday, this year, stores offer work from home essentials at discounted prices. Likewise, as kids returned to school and many parents have received solidified back-to-school shopping lists, retailers like Office Depot and Staples offer sales on printer paper, sticky notes and pens.
Ramhold noted that while September would usually include sales on travel and Broadway tickets, those have been postponed or will not be offered due to the coronavirus. She also suggested waiting until October if you want the most savings on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. Finally, although we expected to see lower prices on older iPhones, we will most likely see discounted prices on older models once the iPhone 12 line is launched.
What stores are having big sales right now
- Abercrombie & Fitch is offering 40 to 60 percent off select styles and an extra 15 percent off select items.
- AeroGarden is offering 20 percent off sitewide, including gardens, seed pod kits and accessories with code GREEN20.
- Aeropostale is giving you 50 to 70 percent off new arrivals. You’ll also find up to 15 percent off uniform styles when you buy five or more items.
- Amazon is offering sales on Apple AirPods Pro 2, Apple AirPods with wireless charging case, tower fans and more.
- Belk is giving you daily deals like 60 percent off Belk exclusives plus an additional 10 percent off with a Belk rewards credit card and coupon.
- CHI Haircare & Tools is providing 25 percent off your purchase with code SALE25.
- Costco is providing $150 off Apple MacBook Pros.
- Keds has reduced prices on select styles of sneakers to $29.95.
- Kohl’s is offering 15 percent off your order with code SHOPNOW.
- Lenovo is giving you up to 70 percent off select PCs, desktops, laptops and more during their Doorbuster sale.
- Lord and Taylor is offering 30 to 50 percent off sitewide.
- Lowe’s is offering up to 40 percent off select bath essentials.
- Macy’s is providing an additional 40 percent off clearance, as well as 20 percent off Michael Kors through Oct. 12.
- Nordstrom is giving you up to 60 percent off clearance items.
- Nordstrom Rack is offering up to 80 percent off last chance items.
- Ulta is providing discounts on select products including the Brow Starter Kit by Anastasia Beverly Hills and the Limited Edition Moisture Surge Hydrator by Clinique.
- Wayfair is holding its Way Day sale with up to 80 percent off items sitewide on Sept. 23 and 24.
- Williams-Sonoma is offering up to 75 percent off clearance items, including cookware and cutlery.
- Woot! an Amazon company is offering refurbished items, including video games and consoles, at discounted prices.
Best deals to shop right now
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