Labor Day may be over, but that doesn’t mean all the good sales are finished. In fact, Labor Day marks the beginning of the end of the summer season, and there are plenty of bargains to be had right now—if you know what to look for. Here are some of the best purchases to make during the fall months.


During the autumn, new models of appliances are released. That means that stores need to unload their current appliances to make room for new inventory. This is also a great time to shop around for scratched and dented items. Many of these appliances work fine, but have cosmetic issues. You can get great deals on appliances if you are willing to overlook dings and scrapes.

This fall appliances will also get another boost. The success of Cash for Clunkers is being tried out in the realm of appliances. Rebates of up to $200 will be available if you buy an Energy Star appliance this fall. Consumer Reports offers this on getting your rebate, and getting rid of your old appliances:

"Unlike Cash for Clunkers, you won't have to turn in your old appliance to get a rebate. But states are expected to have recycling plans for the flood of old appliances the program could unleash. And while the money is coming from Washington, how much you get for which appliance will be a state-by-state decision."

You can find out more about this program at the Department of Energy site.


The busy summer travel season has ended, and now you can reap the benefits of “off-season” vacations. Airfares are generally lower during the autumn. That lull between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is ideal for this time of year. While you can look for special airfare sales and discounts through package deals, promo codes and Twitter deals, Airfare Watchdog offers some other simple tricks that can help you get a better deal on your airfare:

  • Book at least two weeks in advance.
  • Look for a travel booker (like Orbitz) that provides a fare guarantee, offering you a refund if the fare drops.
  • Travel on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. The exception is the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, which is a very busy—and expensive—day to travel.
  • Check for the latest fare prices between 1 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday morning.


Now is a great time to finish your landscaping, gardening and yard work projects. Many nurseries and home improvement stores are closing out their shrubs, trees and flowers. You might be able to find plants for between 10% and 50% off their summertime prices. And you still have plenty of time to get them in the ground.

You can also find discounts on lawn mowers (wait until the end of September and the beginning of October for the best deals), garden shears, garden fabric, rakes and the other accouterments of landscaping and yard work.

Autumn is also a good time to get a quote on landscaping services. Many landscapers are done with their summer projects and willing to offer a discount just to have a little more work before the snow comes.

Summer Items

As you might guess, this is the perfect time to clear out summer inventory and make room for Halloween and Christmas stuff. Patio furniture is on discount right now, as are children’s pools, sand boxes and tables, swimsuits and outdoor lighting accessories. In October, you are likely to find some good bargains on grills and related accessories.

With a little careful shopping, it is possible to save money on a few purchases that you might have been considering. Sometimes it’s not so much about what you buy as when you buy it.

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