As the unofficial end of summer, Labor Day weekend is a time when many stores are offering great bargains on seasonal items, including patio or outdoor furniture. File photo | Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 30, 2012 5:03PM
Kids are back at school. Summer is winding down. The only thing we have to look forward to are sales.
Labor Day is considered the end of summer so it’s usually a great time to find some deals. According to BankRate.com here is what you should be searching for:
School supplies seem like something that you should be done purchasing by Labor Day. But this is the time to get the best prices. You could hold off buying everything for this school year until after that weekend or stock up for next year. The stores are usually left with tons of overstock.
Patio Furniture and accessories are going to be on sale. The extreme heat this summer will leave retailers with a lot of overstock. People just weren’t able to enjoy their patios so buying was down. Cushions and patterned accessories are two items that will be heavily marked down.
September sales on plants especially make sense this year because a lot of homeowners lost vegetation to the summer heat. Shrubs and plants can be found up to 50 percent off. For smaller nurseries, you might find even deeper cuts.
Travel is another area to find savings. If you book for the winter holidays through mid-January, “you will get a significant discount right now,” in September. “Resorts would rather lock you in at a lower price and know who’s coming.” By booking in September, you can get discounts of 5-20 percent.
September is definitely the time to update your golf clubs. Manufacturers bring out the new models, and retailers clear space to attract traffic. The result is sales on this year’s clubs. You can find savings from 20-25 percent.
Shopper’s tip: You should hold off on HDTVs, Laptops and iPhones. The newest models are coming out soon so deals can be found soon enough on the current models.